Oklahoma Defies Court Order on Ten Commandments

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Among the reddest states in the union, voters in Oklahoma are viewing a decision last week by the state’s supreme court as a third punch in the gut following landmark decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court.

In the court’s 7-2 decision, justices ordered that the Ten Commandments monument installed on the grounds of the state capitol must be removed for a violation of religious liberty.

Gov. Mary Fallin responded this week by refusing to comply with the court’s order, publicly declaring that the monument will remain at the capitol while the state files an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, Fox News reports.

Should the appeal proceed, the suit could serve as yet another landmark test for the Supreme Court that pits a progressive understanding of freedom against traditional values and history.