‘Oklahoma Version’ Of Commandments Proposed

If the Oklahoma legislature approves a bill allowing a Ten Commandments monument on the state Capitol grounds, officials should create an “Oklahoma version” of the Decalogue, a state senator has suggested.

The proposed monument would simply recognize the historical importance of the Commandments, State Sen. Randy Brogdon (R-Owasso) said, and has “nothing to do with religious viewpoints.”

Asked which version of the Commandments he would display, Brogdon told the Senate General Government Committee that the monument would “probably be an Oklahoma version.”

One skeptical senator suggested the Commandments would then read “You-all shall not kill.” Another said it would be “y’all shall not kill.”

The “Ten Commandments Monument Display Act” has already passed the Oklahoma House, and was headed for the Senate floor as Church & State went to press.

Americans United sent a letter to the legislature opposing HB 1330.

The Rev. Bruce Prescott, an AU trustee and executive director of Mainstream Oklahoma Baptists, and AU Legislative Counsel Dena Sher jointly wrote, “Not only would a Ten Commandments monument likely be unconstitutional, but also having the State wade into deep theological questions surrounding the Ten Commandments seems like a very divisive and unwise policy.”