Senator Lankford Statement on Oklahoma State Capitol Ten Commandments Case

WASHINGTON, DC— Senator James Lankford (R-OK) released the following statement on the Western District of Oklahoma dismissal of the case involving a Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the Oklahoma State Capitol:

“I’m pleased that Judge Cauthron and the court confirmed what is obvious to Oklahomans – that the Ten Commandments is a vital part of Oklahoma and American history. The Oklahoma State Capitol display of the Ten Commandments is a reasonable recognition of its significance to the fabric of our nation.

“Every day a sculpture of the face of Moses overlooks the House of Representatives as Congress debates the laws of this land. The Supreme Court has affirmed that the Constitution doesn’t require that such displays honoring our historic roots be removed from society, as doing so would ‘sever ties to a history that sustains this Nation’.”

Lankford is Co-Chairman of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, which works to protect the fundamental human right of religious freedom and guards the right of individuals to pray and practice their faith freely.