Bye, bye TC!

The Ten Commandments monument that used to be on the state capital grounds of Oklahoma and was the subject of numerous legal battles has gone. Under cover of night, workers removed the monument and took it to its new home outside the offices of a conservative public policy analysis group known as the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs. The deadline given by the judge for removal was October 12.

Why this was done so stealthily in the middle of the night, which would have meant paying overtime for the workers?

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol had increased security around the monument earlier Monday, and barriers were erected to keep visitors from getting close to it. Estus said the decision to remove the monument under the cover of darkness was made to avoid disturbing workers at the Capitol and to keep protesters from demonstrating while heavy equipment was being used to detach the two-ton monument from its base.

“We wanted it to be done as quickly and efficiently as possible, and doing it at night gave us the best opportunity to do that,” Estus said. “The Highway Patrol was also very concerned that having it in the middle of the day could lead to having demonstrations of some kind.”

Supporters are vowing revenge.

Former state Rep. Mike Reynolds, a Republican who voted to authorize the monument, was one of just a handful of supporters who watched as the monument was removed Monday night.

“This is a historical event,” Reynolds said. “Now we know we have to change the Constitution. It would be good to get rid of some of the Supreme Court justices, too.”

Several conservative legislators have promised to introduce a resolution when the Legislature convenes in February to send to a public vote an amendment that would remove the article of the constitution that prevents the use of public money or property for religious purposes.

These people sure love their religious monuments.


  1. moarscienceplz says

    These people sure love their religious monuments.

    If it was merely an issue of having a hella big monument, they still have it. Right outside the offices of the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs.
    No, this is all about privileging their particular bronze age mumbo jumbo over everyone else’s bronze age mumbo jumbo by having it displayed on the state capitol grounds.

  2. Matt G says

    We’re going to have to change the Constitution, he says? That means he KNEW it was unconstitutional to begin with. The dishonesty of the Republican Party knows no limits.

  3. raven says

    I’d guess the xian territorial marker was moved in the middle of the night for more serious reasons than a demonstration. After all, why should they care if some fruitbat fundies demonstrate. It’s Oklahoma and they own it anyway.

    They were probably worried about potential violence. The Oathkeepers are wandering around looking for an excuse to shoot it out with the police. This would have been perfect. I’m sure they’d love to camp out next to the Capital building, wave their guns around, defend a two ton chunk of granite, and dare the police to do anything.

  4. Crimson Clupeidae says

    These people sure love their religious monuments.

    Which is particularly ironic given that the first two are:

    5:7 Thou shalt have none other gods before me.
    5:8 Thou shalt not make thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the waters beneath the earth:

    They love some second amendment, but not so much the second commandment.

  5. Who Cares says

    These people are clueless and they are in the legislature of one of the U.S. states, as a non U.S. person that scares me to death.
    I mean enough of them (else they wouldn’t be trying to send that amendment to a public vote) think that all they need to do is change the states constitution to make it legal to place that block of granite on.
    While the freaking constitution of the U.S. prohibits this.

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