The Ten Commandments monument was finally removed from the Oklahoma capitol grounds late Monday night after the state Supreme Court ruled that the monument be removed.
The monument was removed late at night to prevent potential protesters from interrupting its removal. It will be moved to private grounds. In 2012, Bruce Prescott, a Baptist minister, filed a lawsuit claiming that the monument’s placement violated the state constitution.
“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,” said Office of Management and Enterprise Services spokesman John Estus. “The Highway Patrol was also very concerned that having it in the middle of the day could lead to having demonstrations of some kind.”
Several groups, including the satanic church, requested that a seven-foot-tall baphomet statue be erected at the Oklahoma state grounds. Conservative Republicans were upset about the removal of the monument.
“This is a historical event,” said former state Rep. Mike Reynolds, who voted to authorize the monument. “Now we know we have to change the Constitution. It would be good to get rid of some of the Supreme Court justices, too.”
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