by Veronica Neffinger
The monument was erected in 2009 with personal funds from Oklahoma Rep. Mike Ritze, according to Christian Today, and has been controversial since 2013 when the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Oklahoma, led by Mainstream Oklahoma Baptists Director Bruce Prescott, told the court that the monument was unconstitutional.
To prove their point, the ACLU quoted the section of the Oklahoma Constitution which states that public property cannot be used to promote a “church denomination or system of religion.”
Judge Thomas Prince who issued the ruling initially ruled that the monument served a historical purpose, as well as a religious one, and was therefore permitted to be on state capitol property.
The ACLU appealed the decision, however...