Misspellings Mark Ten Commandments Monument At Oklahoma State Capitol

Friday, November 16th 2012, 8:47 am
By: News 9

A new monument at the Oklahoma State Capitol honoring the 10 Commandments was unveiled Thursday morning but Friday, the buzz was all about two mistakes carved into the granite stone.

In the commandment "Remember the Sabbath Day, to keep it holy" the word "Sabbath" was misspelled as "Sabbeth." A second mistake was in the commandment "Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant." The word maidservant was spelled as "maidseruant," replacing the "v" with a "u."

This six-foot tall monument cost about $10,000 and was installed Thursday at the State Capitol. Broken Arrow Representative Mike Ritze's family funded the monument after the Ritze pushed a bill in 2009.

The American Civil Liberties Union is also weighing legal action because this could be a violation of separation of church and state.

A similar monument installed at the Texas Capitol raised similar concerns in regards to the separation of church and state but the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to allow that monument to stand.