Virginia Slims cigarettes used to have the slogan, “You’ve come a long way, baby.” Many people feel as if this country has come a long way, too. No longer is our country bound by the medieval thoughts of an “archaic” religion, but we are free from the fetters of Christianity. One by one, Christian signs and symbols are being removed from the U.S. Yes, we certainly have come a long way.
As it turns out, Virginia Slims caused cancer and death. If you believe the Biblical account of things, removing God from your nation can have much of the same effect.
The “progressive” minds of this nation have decided that one more state must remove the Ten Commandments from the grounds of their state Capitol. This time, it’s Oklahoma. Yes, the Confederate flag that promotes racism and division can fly over a capitol building, but the moral and ethical words of a loving God cannot be displayed.
Charisma News points out that the stone monument was purchased with private funds, but the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled that the ground the monument sits on is state property and cannot be used to promote or support one religion over another. They said, “the Ten Commandments are obviously religious in nature and are an integral part of the Jewish and Christian faiths.” As such, they cannot be placed on state property under the Oklahoma constitution.
Groups that do not want the statue at the Capitol point out that if a monument supporting one religion is allowed, then the state would need to allow monuments for all religions. Things could get a bit ridiculous.
Two such groups that say they want their own statues or monuments if the Ten Commandments don’t go are Satanists and the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.
Mary Fallin, the state’s Republican governor, supports the monument’s placement at the Capitol. She is looking for a way to keep it there, and will meet with the state’s attorney general to see what legal recourse they have before removing the monument.
Scott Pruitt, Oklahoma’s attorney general, already issued a statement saying that he feels the court got it wrong. According to Religion News, Pruitt “argued that the monument is nearly identical to a Texas monument that was found constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court.”
The decision comes almost exactly three months after an Arkansas bill approving the creation and display of a private Ten Commandments monument to be placed at the Arkansas State Capitol passed the state’s House by an overwhelming majority.