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State Question 790: Allow Ten Commandments monument back on state property

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State Question 790: Allow the Ten Commandments monument back onto state government property

If it passes (“YES” vote):

Oklahoma’s state government will be able to put the Ten Commandments monument back on state property. The monument was removed from the state Capitol grounds in 2015 following a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Will likely dramatically reduce the likelihood of any successful lawsuits to restrict the use of state taxpayer dollars currently going toward providing public services via private entities that have religious affiliation, such as foster care, prison ministries, hospitals (such as INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center, Mercy Hospital, St. John’s Medical Center, St. Francis Hospital, etc.), private universities (such as Oklahoma Baptist University, Southern Nazarene University, Oklahoma Christian University, etc.), homeless ministries, scholarships for children with disabilities, parental education choice programs, and more. Would also likely reduce the likelihood of lawsuits filed against local public school districts over such activities as prayer at school athletic events.

If it fails (“NO” vote):

The status quo in such matters will prevail. The Oklahoma Constitution would retain what is referred to as its “Blaine Amendment. ” In the late 19th Century and early 20th Century, many states enacted similar amendments to their state constitutions, mostly in an anti-Catholic effort. Such amendments are antiquated and have their origins in deep prejudice.