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Satanists Propose Statue For Oklahoma State Capitol

Submitted by on January 8, 2014 – 9:03 am4 Comments

Oklahoma received a flood of complaints and petitions after it installed a Ten Commandments monument at its State Capitol in 2012. Now, a Satanist group wants to install a statue dedicated to the Dark One, testing the bounds of First Amendment rights in the state.

The Satanic Temple is a New York-based group that “seeks to separate Religion from Superstition by acknowledging religious belief as a metaphorical framework with which we construct a narrative context for our goals and works,” according to its website. It claims that Satan is the “ultimate icon for the selfless revolt against tyranny.”

A spokesman for the temple said Oklahoma locals reached out to the group, which has already raised much of the $20,000 for the statue. The proposed monument will be seven feet tall, and will feature Satan in the form of Baphomet, a goat-headed figure sitting cross-legged underneath a pentagram. The figure will be flanked by smiling children on either side.

“The monument has been designed to reflect the views of Satanists in Oklahoma City and beyond,” temple spokesman Lucien Greaves said in a statement. “The statue will also have a functional purpose as a chair where people of all ages may sit on the lap of Satan for inspiration and contemplation.”

But the move is being opposed by Oklahoma legislators. The state has also fielded requests from a Hindu group in Nevada, an animal rights group, and the satirical Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. But the Capitol Preservation Commission put a moratorium on considering these requests until it resolves a lawsuit with the local chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, which was filed over the Ten Commandments monument.

Oklahoma is not the only site of religious protest in the country. In Western New York this week, a town council member was sworn in while wearing a spaghetti strainer on his head, in recognition of his belief in the aforementioned Spaghetti Monster church.

The church is widely seen as an attempt to criticize fundamentalist religions, especially belief in intelligent design and creationism. But the church’s website claims its mission “is real, totally legit, and backed by hard science. Anything that comes across as humor or satire is purely coincidental.”



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