The zealots in the state legislature who pushed this measure (such as Rex Duncan, Republican of Sand Springs) may have inadvertently outlawed the Ten Commandants.
Really. As it happens, the Ten Commandants are, well, foreign. Uh-oh.
CNN asked someone who might know:
Rick Tepker, the first member of the University of Oklahoma School of Law faculty to try a case before the U.S. Supreme Court…called the passage of the measure “a mess” with implications unknown until a case that challenges it arises.
“Many of us who understand the law are scratching our heads this morning, laughing so we don’t cry,” he said. “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.”Come to think of it, the historical foundation for American law is English common law, which is (of course) foreign.
In short, Prof. Tepker may be right—this is a mess. The full story is here.