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Ten Commandments monument ordered to be removed from Oklahoma’s Capitol grounds

A six-foot-tall granite monument of the Ten Commandments that has sat outside the Oklahoma State Capitol for several years is on its way out.

A panel that oversees artwork at the statehouse voted 7–1 to authorize the privately funded monument’s removal after the state’s highest court ruled that it violated the Oklahoma Constitution.

The Capitol Preservation Commission, which was named as a defendant in a lawsuit seeking the monument’s removal, voted to authorize the Office of Management and Enterprise Services to remove the one-ton granite monument.

“We’re going to meet with the builder who installed it and figure out the best way to remove it,” said OMES spokesman John Estus. “We’re also going to coordinate with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol to address some ongoing security concerns that they have.”

The monument has been a source of controversy since it was erected in 2012. Several groups have since made requests to have their own monuments installed, including a satanic church in New York that wants to erect a 7-foot-tall statue that depicts Satan as Baphomet, a goat-headed figure with horns, wings and a long beard. A Hindu leader in Nevada, an animal rights group and the satirical Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster also have made requests.

The original monument was smashed into pieces last year when someone drove a car across the Capitol lawn and crashed into it. A 29-year-old man who was arrested the next day was admitted to a hospital for mental health treatment, and formal charges were never filed. A new monument was erected in January.

Several supporters of the monument attended the public meeting about the monument and complained about the commission’s actions. Former Republican state Rep. Mike Reynolds attempted to address the panel, but acting chairwoman Linda Edmondson declined to recognize him.

“This is an illegal meeting,” Reynolds argued.

Reynolds maintained that the commission only has the authority to approve or disapprove plans and that its power does not extend to areas outside of the Capitol building.

Estus said the monument will be removed by a court-ordered deadline of Oct. 12.

The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled in June that the monument’s display violates a constitutional prohibition on the use of public property to support “any sect, church, denomination or system of religion.” A district court judge earlier this month ordered the monument to be removed within the next 30 days.

Rep. Mike Ritze, a Republican from Broken Arrow whose family paid about $10,000 for the monument’s construction, did not immediately return a telephone message seeking comment on what he plans to do with the sculpture.

A bill authorizing the monument was approved by the Republican-controlled Legislature and signed into law by former Gov. Brad Henry, a Democrat, in 2009. A Norman minister sued to have it removed, arguing that it violates the Oklahoma Constitution. Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt fought to keep the monument, maintaining that it serves a secular — not religious — purpose.

TV remake of ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ shifts to Paris

Wiry Zoe Saldana got a kick out of wearing a huge fake belly as she played a young, pregnant wife on the Paris set of the remake of the classic horror tale “Rosemary’s Baby.”

“Every time I wear the really big ones, it breaks everybody’s heart whenever we’re doing all those stressful scenes, so I am milking that, I am really milking that,” the actress quipped as she sat in a hospital room used as a filming location.

Saldana is Rosemary Woodhouse in the two-episode remake of Ira Levin’s 1967 book, which director Roman Polanski also turned into an unforgettable 1968 film. The four-hour series directed by Agnieszka Holland also stars Patrick J. Adams, Jason Isaacs and Carole Bouquet and will air on NBC on May 11 – Mother’s Day in the U.S. – and May 15.

Saldana and Adams play an American couple who settle in Paris near posh French neighbors, Margaux and Roman Castevet (Bouquet and Isaacs). Then newly pregnant Rosemary begins to worry that the Castevets have malevolent plans for her baby.

Holland, a Polish director known for her work on HBO shows “The Wire” and “Treme,” said the plot of “Rosemary’s Baby” follows the novel, except it’s set in Paris instead of New York and shows more “blood.” Fans of the original may wonder how that is possible.

“It has more adventures. It has more blood,” said Holland, a three-time Oscar nominee. ” It is, you know, a contemporary American TV series, so you need some meat inside.”

Moving the story to the French capital isolates the main characters more than the book and increases the tensions, according to Adams, a Canadian actor known for his role as Mike Ross, an up-and-coming New York lawyer in the TV series “Suits.”

“The sense of being alone in a place can be so terrifying. I think it really ends up putting Guy and Rosemary in a difficult position because they don’t know anybody,” Adams said.

Holland said the series explores the tensions between the happiness of giving birth and the sometimes-shocking psychological and physical changes that pregnancy brings about in women.

“It’s interesting to see how this acceptance (of the baby), even if it’s something very painful, is coming,” she said.

Saldana, who starred in James Cameron’s “Avatar” and the two “Star Trek” films by J.J. Abrams, said playing a pregnant woman took both a physical and emotional toll.

“The moment I put the belly on, my body just feels really tired,” she said. “I just allow myself to be sort of like an open vessel, where emotions just come in and then they go out.”

Bouquet, a French film star, praised Holland’s filming style and her relentlessness on the set.

“She does whatever she wants with the light, I must say,” Bouquet said. “I mean it’s exquisite the way she shoots, you know, and she gets exactly what she wants. She won’t give up.”

Polanski’s “Rosemary’s Baby” starred Mia Farrow and John Cassavetes and won Ruth Gordon an Oscar for best supporting actress for her performance as Minnie Castevet.

Saldana said she was grateful for getting to play the same part as Farrow but added that she and Holland tried to give Rosemary their own touch.

“It is a gift to be able to play a role that another actress, a very iconic actress, played and found a very special way to make it authentic,” she said.

On the Web …

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