Oklahoma State Senators passed a bill Monday designed to encourage county officials to display the Ten Commandments on public property, even in the face of lawsuits designed to prevent such commemorations.

According to The Oklahoman, sponsoring Sen. James Williamson, R-Tulsa, said the legislation would provide county officials with financial resources so the American Civil Liberties Union doesn’t intimidate them if they want to erect a monument of the Ten Commandments.

Williamson’s bill kicks in $3 million as a legal reserve fund with which to fight such suits. Williamson said his bill applies only to displays of the Ten Commandments and only if they comply with U. S. Supreme Court guidelines. It would not apply to displays of other religions. The measure passed 45-1 with only Sen. Bernest Cain, D-Oklahoma City voting against it.

Well, we take that back. The ACLU “voted” against it, or would have if they had a seat in the Oklahoma Senate. Jeremy Gunn, director of Freedom and Religion for the national ACLU, has already gone on record as saying excluding other religions displays would be discriminatory.

It is worth noting the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against Ten Commandments displays in Kentucky Courthouses because their intent was, according to the Court, religious, but the court upheld a display on the Texas Capitol grounds, saying its history and context were nonreligious.

Of course, there is the real rub. Any semblance of government espousing a Judeo-Christian morality has become anathema to our legal system. That it has gotten to this point is astounding.

The ACLU saying the Ten Commandments somehow discriminate against other religions is nonsensical. One has to look far and wide to conjure up a religion that sees murder, stealing, lying, coveting a neighbor’s property, or adultery as positive qualities. Which religion is it that doesn’t agree that honoring one’s parents is a good exercise?

Which religion doesn’t believe in a Supreme Being or that it is wise to be mindful of that Supreme Being? Virtually all religions share these tenets.

It is sad it has come to this, but we congratulate the Oklahoma Senate for taking a stand in favor of the Ten Commandments.