A monument of the Ten Commandments will remain the grounds of the Oklahoma capitol, a judge ruled Friday, setting up a showdown at the state’s high court.
Oklahoma County District Judge Thomas Prince granted the Oklahoma Capitol Preservation Commission’s motion for summary judgment Friday morning. Dr. Bruce Prescott sued the commission in August 2013 with help from the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma.
The group said it would appeal the ruling to the Oklahoma Supreme Court.
“We respectfully disagree with the decision of the court,” legal director Brady Henderson said in a statement. “The plaintiffs in this case do not seek the removal of the Ten Commandments monument from the State Capitol lawn because they find the text of the monument offensive, but rather because, like many Oklahomans, the Ten Commandments constitute a core part of their sincerely held religious beliefs and it is offensive to them that this sacred document has been hijacked by politicians.”