Ten Commandments Resurrected In LeFlore County
It's round two of a battle over the Ten Commandments outside a public building. It's happening in Leflore County where a citizen wants a monument at the courthouse in Poteau.
A leader in the community is acting on behalf of a former mayor. That's why there's a push now to revive the Ten Commandments here at the LeFlore County Courthouse.
It's an empty spot that sits ready for it's guest.
"Okay it's time to put it on the courthouse,"
The 10 Commandments tablets just outside a local bank, Charlie Horsley wants to duplicate at the Leflore County Courthouse.
"I've got a man that said he'd write a check and buy another one so we an put it on the courthouse," says Horsley.
In 2009 the movement in Leflore County stalled when Haskell County tried to do the same thing. A court challenge made leaders there move Ten commandments display. The LeFlore display moved to this site deeded to the Disabled American Veterans. Now the issue has come back up says Horsley.
"The citizens want one up at the courthouse, it's not just me."
But it's certainly not this man.
"It's a violation of the constitution," says resident Tom Brennan. He says the issue is separation of church and state.
"Obviously there are those that equate being against the commandments as being against God, but this is a separate issue entirely," says Brennan.
Is it a separate issue? We put the question to Horsley, considering Leflore County and Oklahoma were carried by a Mormon candidate for president. Could Horsley support other religious displays in public places?
"Somebody asked me that, I said I don't have control over that, if they want to do it, do exactly what I did. Get the funding, get the monument, go to the commissioners and ask permission to put it on the courthouse, if they say yes, put it up, says Horsley.
Right now county commissioners want to hear from the district attorney. They want a legal opinion which will help determine where the Ten Commandments monument goes from here.