Rep. John Bennett Issues Statement on Signing of Ten Commandments Legislation

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OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. John Bennett today issued a statement on the ceremonial signing by Gov. Mary Fallin of House Bill 2177, which will allow the display of the Ten Commandments in state buildings, public schools or on other public property alongside other historically significant founding documents such as the U.S. or Oklahoma Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, the Magna Carta or others. Bennett authored the bill. The governor signed the bill in May but recently held a ceremonial bill signing to allow Bennett and the bill’s co-authors a chance to take part in the event.


“The Ten Commandments are of deep historical significance to our national culture and a basis for our nation’s civic and common laws,” said Bennett, R-Sallisaw. “The display of the commandments is both legal and historical. They have been displayed in U.S. institutions since the very founding of our nation. They are now displayed in the National Archives and the U.S. Supreme Court as well as in many state capitols, courthouses and legislative buildings across the country. Further, Americans from coast to coast recognize the important contributions made to our society by the Ten Commandments. This is not advocating for religion but rather recognizing a significant historical contribution for our nation.”


Bennett thanked the original Senate author of the bill, Sen. Michael Bergstrom (R-Adair), as well as the current author, Sen. Joseph Silk (R-Broken Bow). He also thanked the 37 co-authors in the House and 11 in the Senate, including Sen. Mark Allen, R-Spiro. He also expressed appreciation to other supporters of the legislation who attended the recent bill signing. These included noted historian David Barton, who helped with historical research and provided documents to support the legislation; Frank Cargill, Superintendent of the Oklahoma Assemblies of God, and Paul Blair, pastor of Fairview Baptist Church.