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 ‚Äúany sect, church, denomination or system of religion‚ÄĚ 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 statue‚Äôs 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 Affairs‚Äô office down the road from the Capitol, said John Estus, with the Office of ...