State Representative, community fight to keep Ten Commandments Monument

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"We are fleeing from any kind of what we consider our principals that this country was built on," State Representative Pat Ownbey said.

The Ten Commandments Monument was given as a gift to the Oklahoma State Capitol in 2012, but on Tuesday, the Oklahoma Justices ruled it must be taken down because the Oklahoma Constitution prohibits the use of public money or property for religious purposes.

"I think the first thing we need to do as a legislature is change the constitution, which would also require the right of the people, so we know that we have the right to put the monument up," Ownbey said.

He says the removal of the monument has nothing to do with the constitution, and everything to do with politics.
Ownbey says Americans have the right to freedom of religion.

"Look at your dollar bill," Ownbey said. "It says In God We Trust."

"We shouldn't let this happen," Jeannine Rehwalt said.

Jeannine and Harvey Rehwalt say Oklahoman s need to stand up and fight for their beliefs.

"This is what our country was built on and we can't get too far away from it," Rehwalt said.

Earlene Graham says she doesn't see the Ten Commandments as a religious monument, but as the laws of our country.

"I mean as far as Christianity or whomever religion, it doesn't matter if we are gay or whatever, everyone should have some kind of rules so everyone can live peacefully among everybody," Graham said.

Ownbey says he may join other lawmakers who are calling for the justices to be impeached, but he hasn't made a decision yet.