Oklahoma’s Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that the state must remove its Ten Commandments monument at the state Capitol because it violates the state Constitution, which bans using public property for the benefit of a religion.
In a 7-2 decision, justices found that the statue violated Article 2, Section 5 of the state’s Constitution, which says: “No public money or property shall ever be appropriated, applied, donated, or used, directly or indirectly, for the use, benefit, or support of any sect, church, denomination, or system of religion, or for the use, benefit, or support of any priest, preacher, minister, or other religious teacher or dignitary, or sectarian institution as such.” — politico
I know — you’re thinking that statute is pretty damn clear — why on earth did this matter ever get past the first hurdle, let alone all the way up to the state Supreme Court? But when you throw conservative religious Christians, politicians, and (of course) cash money into the arena, you’re certain to get a three-ring circus. And guess who pays?
No doubt the chancel-prancing crowd forgave him and prayed for his salvation. But here’s what caught my eye:
The 6-foot-tall monument’s installation prompted other groups, from the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster to Satanists, to try to get permission to build their own monuments on the grounds of the state Capitol to mark what they also characterize as historical events.
Which effectively blew the wheels off the train because as everybody completely understands, even as the perpetrators stoutly deny, this has nothing to do with (select as many as you like) history, culture, freedom of expression, states’ rights, private enterprise, or patriotism. It has everything to do with the evangelistic fervor of simple-minded Christian fundamentalists whose mission in life is to achieve Divine Salvation by stuffing their Faith down everybody else’s throats. They’d just as happily resurrect the Inquisition, but you just can’t find reliable torture chamber personnel anymore, at least not locally.
Yokelhoma got this one right, and just in time for the nation’s birthday.
PS You, too could become a Pastafarian! For more information on the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, visit their website! Bring grated cheese!