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Ten Commandments monument must be removed in 30 days, rules judge

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ACLU-OK's legal director Brady Henderson (left) and executive director Ryan Kiesel address the media Friday, following Judge Thomas Prince's order that the Ten Commandments monument be taken down in one month's time.
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OKLAHOMA CITY – Despite repeated protestations from State Attorney General Scott Pruitt, the controversial Ten Commandments monument at the Oklahoma State Capitol must be removed by October 12th, ordered an Oklahoma County judge today.

By the day of the scheduled removal, it will have been almost exactly a year after the Ten Commandments monument was knocked over and shattered by Roland, Okla. resident Michael Tate Reed

According to an Associated Press report, District Judge Thomas Prince denied Pruitt’s motion that the court’s decision was creating “hostility toward religion.”

This, of course, after those who had it erected said it was an historical, rather than religious monument.

The Ten Commandments case was filed by a Baptist minister and several other citizens. The Rev. Bruce Prescott was the lead plaintiff in Prescott et al v. Oklahoma Capitol Preservation Commission.

Ryan Kiesel, executive director of the Oklahoma chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, told Red Dirt Report in a statement Friday afternoon: “We are very pleased with today’s order from the District Court. Our work on behalf of our plaintiffs in this case will benefit Oklahomans of all faiths and those of no faith at all by reaffirming the long held principles that have ensured that our state and nation are places in which matters of faith are determined by individuals and not their government.”

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