Oklahoma attorney general wants court to allow 10 Commandments monument on Capitol grounds


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OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma's attorney general is asking the state's highest court to allow a privately funded Ten Commandments monument to remain on the state Capitol grounds.

Attorney General Scott Pruitt says in a brief filed Friday with the Oklahoma Supreme Court that the monument is nearly identical to one at the Texas statehouse that was found constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The American Civil Liberties Union has sued on behalf of a Norman minister to have the monument removed, arguing its location violates the state constitution's ban against using public property to support "any sect, church, denomination or system of religion."

A district court judge disagreed, ruling in September that the monument serves a secular — not religious — purpose.

The ACLU appealed that decision to the state Supreme Court.

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