State, Religious Leaders Weigh In On State Question 790 And What It Means

Monday, October 31st 2016, 7:38 pm

Should a 10 commandments monument end up back on State Capitol grounds? 

We are eight days away from Election Day some state and religious leaders weigh in on what state question 790 is all about.

With topics like alcohol, education and agriculture on the ballot, some say state question 790 is being overlooked and not all church leaders agree on how to vote on it. 

"Voting Yes on 790 will protect the right to pray at football games and display the 10 commandments," said Oklahoma Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb.

State Question 790 proposes the removal of an article in Oklahoma's Constitution that bars the government from using public money or property for religious reasons. 

It's the same article the Oklahoma Supreme Court used to argue the removal of the 10 Commandments on capitol grounds.

But the 10 Commandments aren't the only issue. 

The Archdiocese of Oklahoma City wants to pass 790 because it argues it will protect charities, help disabled children and the homeless. 

"Please join me and other people of faith who believe in religious liberty," Lamb said.

But not all people of faith support question 790.

"I really do hope the state of Oklahoma votes against it," said Stephen McKee, a priest at Trinity Episcopal Church in Tulsa. 

McKee said removing this article opens the door for the state's support of religious education. 

"The state then is saying 'we favor this particular point of view rather than your particular point of view' because you're never going to have even funding, at any level," McKee said.

To read the state question in its entirety, click here.