In case you missed it over the Labor Day holiday, our pandering Attorney General Scott Pruitt took a colossal dump on the judicial process in a sad, pathetic attempt to win brownie points with the Derplahoman crowd who's probably going to elect him governor in 2018.
Last Thursday, he filed a desperate brief asking a district court to consider whether the Oklahoma Supreme Court’s decision regarding the Ten Commandments monument "creates hostility toward religion," and as a result, "violates the U.S. Constitution."
No shit, I'm not making that up. Here's his statement:
“In defending the Ten Commandments display, my office argued the monument was lawfully permitted on Capitol grounds because of the historical significance of the text on the development of Western legal code. In its decision to remove the monument, the Oklahoma Supreme Court held that no matter how historically significant or beneficial to the state, state law prohibits any item on state property or to be funded by the state if it is at all ‘religious in nature.’
You know, I'd agree with Pruitt on one thing. The Ten Commandments does have historical significance... in that it shows how awesome our democracy can be. Seriously, it's great to live in a time where laws are created by the special interest groups, corporations, lobbyists and the wealthy and not some burning bush on a mountain.
Here's the rest of his statement:
That declaration prohibits manifestations of faith from the public square in such a way as to create hostility toward religion in violation of the U.S. Constitution. Therefore, we are asking the district court to allow the state to amend its original answer so we may fully address this new concern,” Attorney General Pruitt said.
I know he's not the brightest guy in the world and lets Devon Energy handle most of his work, but there's no way Pruitt can be this stupid, right? He has to be pandering for votes. If you're one of those theocratic Tea Party nuts, who are you going to vote for in the 2018 Republican primary? Scott Pruitt, the litigious attorney general who "fought" for your "religious freedoms," or Todd Lamb, the guy who shows up for a ribbon cutting whenever a new Jersey Mike's opens up?
Here's what ACLU Oklahoma Legal Director Brady Henderson had to say about Pruitt's actions:
Brady Henderson, legal affairs director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma, which filed the case, called Pruitt's brief desperate, frivolous and outlandish.
"I've never seen anything like it and would say most lawyers haven't, as well," he said. "Unprecedented would be the most charitable description.
"It's a motion asking for a complete do-over of the case."
He said he was considering asking the court for sanctions and damages to be levied against the attorney general.
"It's sufficiently provocative and abusive of the court process that we have to consider those things," Henderson said.
That's cool. Pruitt should go ahead and make "Desperate. Frivolous. Outlandish." his new campaign slogan. Not only is it 100% accurate, but it will help get him elected. Derplahomans love honesty in their elected officials.