The religionazis who are currently in charge of the state of Oklahoma, took a hit recently in their effort to use Ten Commandment monuments on government sites to proselytize their religion (as reported by the AP, via Google News):
Backers of a new law authorizing a privately funded Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of Oklahoma’s Capitol didn’t get good news this week.
A three-judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday that a similar display at the Haskell County Courthouse in Stigler was an unconstitutional endorsement of religion, prompting both sides to wonder if legal wrangling over the state law is next.
Both of these laws were rationalized in the wake of cases such as Glassroth v. Moore, which collectively made it clear that government-funded religious monuments were unconstitutional. They figure that having someone else pay for the monument somehow made it acceptable to put it on government grounds and convey the inevitable impression that that’s the government religion.
Nice try, but no dice, folks … or so the 10th Circuit basically said.
I’ve remarked previously on Oklahoma’s hyperreligiosity (see e.g. this blog entry, and this one); it sure looks as though it’s becoming the next Kansas, a state that the Religious Right is trying to rework into a bastion of evangelical Christian religionism, and perhaps a beachhead in the dominionism movement. Fortunately, their maneuverings are transparent and predictable, making it easy to counter them.Tags: 10th circuit court of appeals, aclu, dominionism, glassroth v. moore, haskell county, judge roy moore, oklahoma, religious right, stigler OK, ten commandment monuments, ten commandments, theocracy, what's the matter with kansas