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GOPers Refuse to Remove 10 Commandments — and Will Fight to Change Constitution Instead
What separation between church and state?
By Bethania Palma Markus / Raw Story July 7, 2015
judge ordered Oklahoma to remove a Ten Commandments monument from state capitol grounds, but the governor is defying that order.
The Oklahoma Supreme Court issued a 7-2 ruling last week saying the monument violates the state constitution. But Governor Mary Fallin said the state attorney general has asked the court to “reconsider,” Tulsa World reports.
The court found the monument violates a clause in the state’s constitution that prohibits the use of public property for religious use, local KFOR reports.
“Oklahoma is a state where we respect the rule of law, and we will not ignore the state courts or their decisions,” Fallin told Tulsa World. But, “we are also a state with three co-equal branches of government.”
Lawmakers plan on an amendment removing the portion of the state constitution cited by the court.
“After reviewing the Supreme Court’s Ten Commandments ruling, it is clear that we have a toxic provision in our state Constitution,” state Rep. John Paul Jordan (R-Yukon) told KFOR. “It was written with discrimination in mind, and like a malignant tumor, needs to be removed completely.”
Jordan said he feared the constitutional language could be used in the future to remove religious Native American artwork at the Capitol and State Supreme Court being removed.
“In addition, it could lead to individuals on state-funded insurance programs being unable to receive medical care as a large portion of hospitals in Oklahoma are supported by a religious affiliation,” he said, according to local KOCO. “Taken to an extreme it could even lead to churches, synagogues, mosques and other buildings used for religious purposes being unable to receive police and fire protection as they would be directly or indirectly benefiting from public monies.”
State Rep. Kevin Calvey (R-Oklahoma City) called the decision “judicial tyranny,” KFOR reports.
The Ten Commandments will stay put while appeals and constitutional changes are underway, KFOR reports.
A little girl was talking to her teacher about whales. The teacher said it was physically impossible for a whale to swallow a human because even though it was a very large mammal its throat was very small. The little girl stated that Jonah was swallowed by a whale. Irritated, the teacher reiterated that a whale could not swallow a human; it was physically impossible. The little girl said, ‘When I get to heaven I will ask Jonah’. The teacher asked, ‘What if Jonah went to hell?’ The little girl replied, ‘Then you ask him’.
A Nursery School teacher was observing her classroom of children while they were drawing. She would occasionally walk around to see each child’s work. As she got to one little girl who was working diligently, she asked what the drawing was. The girl replied, ‘I’m drawing God.’ The teacher paused and said, ‘But no one knows what God looks like.’ Without missing a beat, or looking up from her drawing, the girl replied, ‘They will in a minute.’
A Sunday school teacher was discussing the Ten Commandments with her five and six year olds. After explaining the commandment to ‘honour’ thy Father and thy Mother, she asked, ‘Is there a commandment that teaches us how to treat our brothers and sisters?’ Without missing a beat one little boy (the oldest of a family) answered, ‘Thou shall not kill.’
The children were lined up in the cafeteria of a Catholic Primary School for lunch. At the head of the table was a large pile of apples. The nun made a note, and posted on the apple tray: ‘Take only ONE. God is watching.’ Moving further along the lunch line, at the other end of the table was a large pile of chocolate chip cookies. A child had written a note, ‘Take all you want. God is watching the apples.’