Attorney General Scott Pruitt, a Republican, told the paper that the Oklahoma Supreme Court was wrong in its ruling, and said he supports an effort to have voters change the provision of the state constitution used to order the monument's removal.

The denomination has remained conservative since Rogers' tenure as president.

Rogers's election as SBC president at the 1979 convention held in Houston, Texas, launched the Conservative resurgence in the denomination, a movement pushed by the theologian Paige Patterson and the Houston judge Paul Pressler.

That same year, he established the Religious Roundtable, which in 1980 was active in the successful campaign to elect Ronald W. Familial dynamics was a recurrent issue for Rogers.

He focused most closely on fathers that he labeled "drop-out dads." According to Rogers, since the Bible emphasizes the paternal role in a family, the father should be the primary source of teaching in the home.

He graduated from Stetson University in De Land, Florida, and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

Rogers was ordained by Northwood Baptist Church (now known as The Village Baptist Church) in West Palm Beach.

Oklahoma County Judge Thomas Prince then ordered its removal by Oct. According to the Associated Press, a contractor began removing the monument shortly after on Monday evening and took it to the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs' offices a few blocks away, Office of Management and Enterprise Services spokesman John Estus told the AP.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol had increased security around the monument earlier Monday.

I'm just opposed to it being on public property."Its placement at the Capitol prompted requests from several groups to have their own monuments installed, including a satanic church in New York that wanted 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 Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monsteralso also made requests.

Adrian Pierce Rogers (September 12, 1931 – November 15, 2005) served three terms as president of the Southern Baptist Convention (1979–19–1988).