But the state's Department of Natural Resources rejected the application, pointing to the part of the state constitution that says "no money shall ever be taken from the public treasury, directly or indirectly, in aid of any church, sect or denomination of religion."
That language in Missouri's founding document is very similar to Oklahoma's Constitution's clause. James Blaine was a the Speaker of the House, in D.C., and a candidate for president. For more about him, read our 2015 blog post. Here is Oklahoma's clause, inspired by Blaine and inserted by Alfalfa Bill Murray, when he presided over the Oklahoma Constitutional Convention.
While the Missouri case does not directly seek relief for Oklahoma, Our Oklahoma supreme Court has previously cited their own need to be submission to the SCOTUS rulings. They said so when they struck down anti abortion measures passed by the state legislature.
Therefor, today's ruling must also comply in that no faith group can be subjected to additional regulation, prohibition, or stipulation which wouldn't be applied to any other Oklahoma citizen or entity.
This wouldn't necessarily overturn the famous 'ten Commandments' ruling and put the monument back on the capitol grounds. But if the legislature authorizes any other entity to apply to place a similar monument on the soil of the seat of government, then the stone tablets would also then be provided equal opportunity, under this landmark ruling.
The 7-2 decision was instructional in the reading of the concurrences & distensions. Sotomayor and Ginsberg were strident in their fear-mongering of the heinous evils of Christianity. But even more enlightening was the depth of concurrence and collaborations of Gorsuch & Thomas. Conservatives can take heart from this, in that Gorsuch may be a soulmate of the Thomas philosophy.
This ruling is only necessary because the Missouri government ventured into a non-essential service to her people. Any social project like this will result in more of these legal dramas. A better course of action is for state to scale back both her essential mandates, and her heavy tax burdens placed on the backs of her residents.
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David Van Risseghem is the Director of Sooner Politics.org. The resource is committed to informing & mobilizing conservative Oklahomans for civic reform. This endeavor seeks to utilize the efforts of all cooperative facets of the Conservative movement...