Repeal of Oklahoma constitutional provision is long overdue

Voices | Published: Mon, Jul 6, 2015 | Comment on this article Leave a comment

Several lawmakers have called for repealing Article II, Section 5 of the Oklahoma Constitution, the provision cited by the state Supreme Court in declaring a Ten Commandments monument unconstitutional. The Ten Commandments ruling has highlighted this issue, but there’s long been good reason to repeal that bizarre provision.

Article II, Section 5, commonly referred to as a “Blaine Amendment” for the congressman who promoted the language in the 1800s, declares no “public money or property” shall be provided “directly or indirectly” for the benefit or support of “any sect, church, denomination, or system of religion.”

Yet that provision was not designed to prevent state establishment of religion.

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