Oklahoma county must pay up in Ten Commandments case

The Haskell County, Oklahoma, Commission has 10 years to pay attorneys’ fees of $199,000 after it was forced to remove an 8-foot-tall Ten Commandments monument.

The county has been in litigation with the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma since 2006, after it allowed a resident to pay for and erect the granite monument on the courthouse lawn in Stigler.

After a series of court decisions up to the U.S. Supreme Court, which refused to hear the case, the ACLU prevailed. The monument was removed in March, and the attorneys’ fees were settled last week, ACLU attorney Micheal Salem said…

“It’s a very unwelcoming thing for those who do not subscribe to the Judeo (Christian) belief system. The government should not be in the business of showing favoritism or endorsing religion,” ACLU’s Chuck Thornton said. “The ACLU would never have been involved if it was somewhere other than public property. We don’t want to squelch anyone’s rights of free expression.”

Haskell County is a community of more than 12,000 residents southeast of Tulsa.

Let’s see – that’s a bit over $16.58 apiece just to show the world how important their religion must be.

I don’t know about y’all; but, if I had a spare $16 to blow on what I believe – I’d probably spend it on buying someone a meal or supplies for schoolchildren.

3 thoughts on “Oklahoma county must pay up in Ten Commandments case

  1. Richard says:

    By my long division, it is roughly $16.58, not $16,500 per person in Haskell County — less than the calculation reported here by a factor of 1000. Still, the point is valid. This amount would buy a decent fast-food meal, plus some change left over, for every man, woman, and child in the county. If I lived there, I’d feel my share of this cost was a product of mis-government, even if it is small (french-fried) potatoes by D.C. standards . . .

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