Friday, December 20, 2013

Oklahoma Capitol Commission Puts Moratorium On Applications For New Statehouse Monuments

According to AP, the Oklahoma Capitol Preservation Commission voted yesterday to impose a moratorium on requests for new displays on the statehouse grounds until a pending lawsuit over a Ten Commandments monument there is resolved. News of the monument put up last year triggered a request from a New York-based Satanic Temple for permission to also put up a monument.  That was quickly followed by requests from a Hindu group in Nevada, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, and the satirical Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. (See prior related posting.) The Commission chairman said passing on any of these requests now would be premature.