A Ten Commandments monument that stood on the lawns of the Oklahoma Capitol was removed quietly in the dead of night in order to avoid sparking protests.
The state paid a contractor about $4,700 to take down the monument after the Oklahoma Supreme Court found it violated a law that bars placement of monuments that show preference for â€śany sect, church, denomination or system of religionâ€ť on public property, the Daily Mail reported.
The monument, which was funded by private dollars, was approved for placement at the Capitol building by state lawmakers in 2009. Bruce Prescott, a Baptist minister, complained the statueâ€™s presence violated the state constitution, and demanded its removal.
Contractors hired by the state took down the monument about 10:30 p.m. Monday, and sent it to the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairsâ€™ office down the road from the Capitol, said John Estus, with the Office of ...