Overruling the state’s Supreme Court, Teabagger darling and rightwingnut, Oklahoma Governor, and Republican of course, Mary Fallin will not removed the Ten Commandments statue from the statehouse grounds.
“Oklahoma is a state where we respect the rule of law, and we will not ignore the state courts or their decisions. However, we are also a state with three co-equal branches of government.” — Mary Fallin
Co-equal, unless the Supreme Court follows the letter of the state Constitution, then Marry Fallin does whatever the hell she wants to do while crying Jesus and Bible and God.
See, the courts made it very clear in their ruling, calling the statue “obviously” religious and noting that the state constitution specifically prohibits state funds or property … like the statehouse grounds … from used “for the benefit, or support of any sect, church, denomination, or system of religion, or for the use, benefit, or support of any priest, preacher, minister, or other religious teacher or dignitary, or sectarian institution as such.”
That would seem to include the statue, Mary.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma:
“We along with no doubt a large number of Oklahomans were astonished at the governor’s reaction and the statement today pretending that she has the authority to enforce the laws of some hypothetical future instead of enforcing the laws as they are today. Governors do not get a blank check to make up the laws as they see fit. That’s not the way that our democracy works and the governor’s statement is unprecedented.”
So it appears the case will go on appeal, and that the state Supreme Court will hear it again — the case has already dragged on more than two years through the courts; and the process of changing the state constitution could take well over another year.
In the meantime, Mary, say Hello to the satanic statue that was scheduled for the statehouse grounds, and then scuttled after last week’s ruling. And, while you’re at it, make way for the Torah and the Quran and any other religious icon that a subset of Oklahomans will demand be displayed on government property, because you cannot say 'No' to a bunch of religions and faiths and beliefs after saying 'Yes' to the one you like.