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Canadian County Dems to hear Sunday school teacher, plaintiff explain 10 Commandments monument lawsuit

posted Apr 26, 2016, 9:59 PM by Jody Harlan

YUKON, Oklahoma – Jim Huff will speak to the Canadian County Democrats on Monday, May 9, about the reasons why the Ten Commandments monument was removed from the state Capitol grounds.

The public is invited to attend the Democrats’ meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. at the Yukon Police Department, 100 S. Ranchwood Boulevard. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis. There is no charge to attend.

Huff is one of four Oklahomans who are plaintiffs in a lawsuit that supports the monument removal based on Article 1, Section 2 of the Oklahoma Constitution. This section prohibits use of public monies for sectarian or religious purposes.

The controversy will result in a vote of the people on November 8, 2016 to determine whether or not to permanently remove Section II-5 from the Oklahoma Constitution:

 “No  public  money or property shall ever be appropriated, applied, donated, or used, directly or indirectly, for the use, benefit, or support of any sect, church, denomination, or system  of  religion, or for the use, benefit, or support of any   priest,  preacher, minister, or other religious teacher or dignitary, or sectarian institution as such.”
Some opponents to removing the section believe the intent is to divert public school funds to private schools in the form of vouchers and education savings accounts. 

“Why did we become plaintiffs to remove the monument?” Huff asked. “There is no one single reason; however, none of the motivations are opposed to the Ten Commandments … or anti-religious faith, anti-Bible or anti-Biblical morality.” 

Huff’s PowerPoint presentation will explore the language of the lawsuit, the history of the monument’s origin and its current status. 

An active member of a Baptist congregation on Oklahoma City, Huff is an adult Sunday school teacher, deacon and member of church committees and church-sponsored community services. 

He is a longtime resident of south Oklahoma City who served as a high school teacher in Oklahoma City Public Schools for more than 30 years. He taught at Capitol Hill High School, Frederick Douglass High School and, after retirement, accepted an adjunct assignment at Southeast High School. 

His daily class schedule included traditional state required courses: U.S. History, Government, Economics, Geography, Oklahoma History and World History.

“The District’s elective courses were as important as the required courses, possibly more important,” Huff said.  “These voluntary, selected classes included Bible as History, Religions of the World and Sociology and Human Relations, which were designed to prepare students to live effectively in their coming multicultural world and adapt to complex social relationships.”

A graduate of Capitol Hill High School, the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma City University, Huff served two years in the U.S. Army.

He is active in community, state and national organizations, including the Oklahoma County Election Board, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, Interfaith Alliance of Oklahoma, and the Oklahoma Democratic Party wh

ere he serves as secretary of Veterans’ Committee and Democratic Party precinct chair.

A citizen lobbyist at the state Legislature, Huff is also active in Faith Expressions in Oklahoma, which is the focus of his personal visits to faith communities in Oklahoma City.

The Canadian County Democrats regularly meet at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of each month (except December) at the Yukon Police Department, 100 S. Ranchwood Boulevard. For more information about Canadian County Democrats' activities, phone 405-354-3189
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