SQ 790: Oklahoma State Question focuses on use of public resources for religious purposes

Are you in favor of removing the section of the Oklahoma Constitution that prohibits the state from using public money or property for religious purposes?

That is the core of State Question 790.

Article 2, Section 5 of the Constitution states:

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.

This section was interpreted by the Oklahoma courts requiring the state to remove the Ten Commandments monument from the State Capitol grounds.

If you vote YES for the proposal, you are voting for that section to be removed. If you vote NO for the proposal, you are voting for the section to remain.

According to Oklahoma Policy Institute, supporters say the section makes Oklahoma hostile to religion and the history of it was to discriminate against immigrants and Catholic schools. Opponents say repealing the section would threaten the separation of church and state as well as divide Oklahoma along religious lines. They also dispute the claims of discrimination against Catholics.

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