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Thou shalt not get your hopes up about getting rid of the Ten Commandments monument on the Oklahoma Capitol grounds.

U.S. District Judge Robin Cauthron ruled March 10 that American Atheists Inc. lacked legal standing to file its lawsuit and dismissed it, much to the joy of some state politicians.

“I’m pleased that Judge Cauthron and the court confirmed what is obvious to Oklahomans — that the Ten Commandments is a vital part of Oklahoma and American history,” said Sen. James Lankford (R-OK).

The Red Tornado (we just gave him a nickname!) earned a master’s degree in divinity (not law) from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, so we’ll just have to side with the courts on this one. Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, who says he knows the law, also read the dismissal on legal standing as a vote in favor of the monument’s right to stay.

“The historical relevance of the Ten Commandments and the role it played in the founding of our nation cannot be disputed,” said Pruitt, who also hasn’t tried to dispute it. “I commend Judge Cauthron’s decision to rule in the state’s favor.”

However, State Rep. Mike Ritze, R-Broken Arrow — who paid for the monument in the first place — seemed to understand that a dismissal without prejudice isn’t exactly a ringing endorsement.

“I am very pleased that this case was dismissed and that Oklahomans can continue to enjoy the monument and understand the Ten Commandments’ historical significance to our nation,” Ritze said. “I doubt that this is the last challenge we will face, but we will continue to fight to have the monument preserved at our state Capitol.”

Lord Baphomet (@BaphometOKC) said the ruling was “not a shock” and will make it harder to remove his own (pending) statue.

“Seriously, it’s the best monument of all time and it will rest in eternal bliss upon the Capitol, no matter how jealous James Lankford is,” said the Church of Satan mascot. “Come at me, bro.”

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