But Rick Tepker, a law professor at the University of Oklahoma School of Law believes the “Save Our State” constitutional amendment may have the unwanted side effect of preventing judges from referencing the Ten Commandments. Tepker called the measure “a mess.”
“Many of us who understand the law are scratching our heads this morning, laughing so we don’t cry,” he told CNN. “I would like to see Oklahoma politicians explain if this means that the courts can no longer consider the Ten Commandments. Isn’t that a precept of another culture and another nation? The result of this is that judges aren’t going to know when and how they can look at sources of American law that were international law in origin.”
More than anything, I’m horrified that until now it was considered acceptable to reference the Decalogue in deciding cases. Unless it means they can’t reference any laws that were themselves based upon part of the Commandments (such as, say, Thou Shalt Not Murder), in which case I love the poetic justice of anti-Islamic bullshit wreaking total havoc on a state’s legal system.