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Ten Commandments Monument

James Nimmo

Amid all the hullabaloo about the presidential election, some of last week’s state questions got lost in the shuffle.

OK Capitol Removes Ten Commandments Monument

Oct 20, 2015
Sue Ogrocki / Associated Press

Late last Monday night, workers came to the Oklahoma Capitol Grounds and quietly removed a massive stone monument depicting the Ten Commandments, reports The New York Times. The move came at the 11th hour; the state was facing a court-ordered deadline of Monday to remove the monument.

usatoday.com

In 2009, the Oklahoma legislature passed a bill allowing a monument of the Ten Commandments to placed at the capital.  The monument was not paid for by the state, but was donated by the sponsor of the bill, Mike Ritze, and his family recently reported The Economist.