Two spelling errors were corrected Saturday on the Ten Commandments monument put up last week on the grounds of the state Capitol.
Rep. Mike Reynolds, who oversaw the work, said it took about 90 minutes to correct two misspelled words on the 6-foot-tall granite monument.
An incorrect letter in each of the words “Sabbath” on the fourth commandment and the word “maidservant” on the last one were correctly changed, he said.
“He's got a little drill and he drills granite powder real fine, mixes it with Super Glue and fills it back in and then re-cuts the holes,” said Reynolds, R-Oklahoma City. “I think it looks great.”
The spelling errors were discovered after the monument was installed Thursday near the north entrance of the Capitol, on the east side of the landing and steps. The entrance is closed so visitors, who usually park on the south side of the Capitol, have to walk around the building to see the monument.
Those inside the Capitol have to leave via the southeast, west or east exits and then walk around the north side of the building.
Several people came Friday to look at the monument and take pictures of it. A visitor Saturday came to look at the errors on the monument, but arrived too late. The corrections already had been made.
The spelling errors on the monument gained national attention.
“The spelling errors didn't really bother me that much because it brought national publicity to the state of Oklahoma to the fact that we could erect a Ten Commandments monument,” Reynolds said.
The monument was paid for by the family of Rep. Mike Ritze, R-Broken Arrow, who authored legislation in 2009 authorizing the monument on the Capitol grounds.
The monument cost about $10,000. Costs for the materials of the base and other work were about another $10,000, which also were provided by his family and private donors.
The Ritze family paid a private contractor to install the monument and has agreed to pay maintenance costs.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma is discussing whether to file a lawsuit over whether the monument is a constitutional violation of separation of church and state.
Wording on the monument is similar to markers in Texas and Utah that have withstood the scrutiny of the U.S. Supreme Court, Ritze has said.
Those markers stood on the Capitol grounds in Austin, Texas, and in a city park in Pleasant Grove, Utah, for decades before being challenged.