Letter to the Editor: They took an oath
BY A.K. Schultz, Tulsa
Friday, December 14, 2012
12/14/12 at 2:18 AM
Section XV-1 of the Oklahoma Constitution states as follows:
All public officers, before entering upon the duties of their offices, shall take and subscribe to the following oath or affirmation:
"I, _________, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support, obey and defend the Constitution of the United States, and the Constitution of the state of Oklahoma, and that I will not, knowingly, receive, directly or indirectly, any money or other valuable thing, for the performance or nonperformance of any act or duty pertaining to my office, other than the compensation allowed by law; I further swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully discharge my duties as _________ to the best of my ability."
Section II-5 of the Oklahoma Constitution states as follows:
"No public money or property shall ever be appropriated, applied, donated, or used, directly or indirectly, for the use, benefit, or support of any sect, church, denomination, or system of religion, or for the use, benefit, or support of any priest, preacher, minister, or other religious teacher or dignitary, or sectarian institution as such."
I am waiting (but not with bated breath) for Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to bring charges of perjury against all the state legislators who voted for the establishment of the Ten Commandments monument on state Capitol property. In the meantime, perhaps the monument should be positioned to be more visible from the legislative chambers.
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