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Unread 11-17-2012, 09:24 AM   #1926
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I love living in Oklahoma, it's my home and has been for years. But this is what you have to deal with if you live here:

"First up from the God Machine this week is a religio-political story out of Oklahoma that's more amusing than most.

A Ten Commandments monument is up on the grounds of the state Capitol, but it didn't pass spell check.

"Remember the Sabbeth day, to keep it holy," reads one.

"Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidseruent," reads the last one.

Obviously, the Ten Commandments monument is itself problematic as a matter of constitutional law and the separation of church and state. Though the religious display was financed with private funds, its placement on the grounds of the state Capitol suggests officials are endorsing one faith's religious text over all others -- and legally, government is supposed to be neutral on matters of religion, not playing favorites.

What's more, note that Oklahoma's state-endorsed religious display uses the Protestant version of the Ten Commandments, not the Catholic or Jewish versions, and no other tradition's tenets will receive equal treatment.

But even putting the legality aside, it didn't occur to folks to check the spelling of the Ten Commandments? It's one thing to fail to read the Constitution or court rulings on church-state separation, but it's another to fail to read the sacred text you're trying to promote.

Those responsible for the granite monument have promised to fix the errors."

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