Government Can’t Pick & Choose Their Favorite Religions

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The Satanic Temple in New York City is working on a new monument that is being built to erect at the Oklahoma Statehouse. The statue of Baphomet will sit at 7 feet tall and feature the goat-headed daemon flanked on either side by two children.

“The monument has been designed to reflect the views of Satanists in Oklahoma City and beyond. The statue will serve as a beacon calling for compassion and empathy among all living creatures. 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,” spokesman Lucien Greaves explained.

The group had offered the monument in response to the fact that Christians were allowed to erect a monument to the Ten Commandments on the statehouse grounds. Constitutional scholars mostly agree that if faith-based works of art are to be allowed on government property, then all faiths must have the right to be represented. 

Duane Mass, the man who designed the capitol rejected the idea saying “That’s Oklahoma’s house. It’s not the Satanic club of New York’s house.” Rep. Earl Sears of OK agreed saying, “This is a faith-based nation and a faith-based state.”

The ACLU originally filed to have the Ten Commandments removed on First Amendment grounds. Ryan Kiesel of the Oklahoma ACLU said that the government can’t play favorites. “I think that our position is there shouldn’t be any religious monuments at the state Capitol, that anytime the government has a monument representing one faith it creates an atmosphere that is not welcoming to people of all faiths or non-believers,” Kiesel said.

“If, at the end of the day,” he said, “the Ten Commandments monument is allowed to remain on the Capitol grounds with its overtly Christian message, then the Satanic Temple’s proposal can’t be rejected because it is of a different religious viewpoint.”

A spokesperson for the Satanic temple also said: “The whole point is that we’re a religiously pluralistic society, so if there’s going to be one, there will be others, or at least we’ll make the effort for such. Or there will be neither. Those are the only real options.”

The Satanic temple believes that erecting a statue to their daemon lord is within their constitutional rights.

“Our monument celebrates an unwavering respect for the Constitutional values of religious freedom and free expression,” Lucien Greaves said. “Satanism is a fundamental component at the genesis of American liberty. Medieval witch-hunts taught us to adopt presumption of innocence, secular law, and a more substantive burden of proof. Today, we are rightly offended by the notion of blasphemy laws and divine fiats. Acknowledging wrongful persecutions has helped shape the legal system that preserves the sovereignty of our skeptics, heretics, and the misunderstood. It has shaped a proud culture of tolerance and free inquiry. This is to be a historical marker commemorating the scapegoats, the marginalized, the demonized minority, and the unjustly outcast.”

The group is trying to raise $20,000 by the 17th of January in order to build the statue.

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9 Responses

  1. cathy

    This is the price we have to pay for Freedom of Religion in America.
    But I don’t find comfort in this image.. It is disturbing. I haven’t
    seen the 10 Commandment statue in question, but I doubt there are skulls
    and bared breasts on it. Probably just words like “Don’t have any other
    gods before Me”. In the end, Satan is a created being and I follow the
    Creator!

    • Evan Rogers

      The image above isn’t the same as the statue proposed. If you read the article, the “dark lord”, or whatever, is flanked by two children. That image does not have two children.

      • Mario Lawrence

        No, it has two skulls.
        Something is implied by that.

    • Mario Lawrence

      The words “Don’t have any other gods before Me.” is a protective law, just like the other 9 that follow.
      Think about it.
      What happens when another man or thing becomes someone’s God? The behavior of various Pharoah, Caesars, God-Kings, and even medieval rulers comes to mind. (divine right of kings)
      How about money? Greed? “Riches” being a master? Draws out the worst in people. If you’re not a central banker, than you’re a back-stabber, or a gambler?
      “Do not have any other gods before Me.” is therefore, do not place anything or anyone on a higher pedestal than Me.

  2. Darrin Woodard

    Maybe it will reduce crime? I know I wouldn’t want to have to be in that court facing down a judge.

    • Mario Lawrence

      Why not? In ‘that’ court, you’d probably receive a commendation for doing something bad. lol

  3. dfletter

    I put the people proposing this statue in the same category as Phil Robertson, Adam Kokesh and the Westboro Baptist Church. In each case their ultimate rights as expressed in the constitution are being expressed. Yet they intentionally do it in the most extreme and provocative way possible. While I defend all of their rights I find no shame in saying that I think they are all sick people.

  4. Mario Lawrence

    Mr. Greaves credits his religion with a “hell” of a lot more than it’s due. The reason the medieval witch hunts taught us to adopt presumption of innocence is because innocent people were actually being killed, ALONG WITH the Satanists. To imply that this was because of some kind of fundamental and beneficial contribution by Satanism is a *twist of the facts*.
    Oh, wait a minute…. I almost forgot, that’s what Satan does all the time.
    By proxy, through the governments that one could state he essentially controls. (Matthew 4:9 anyone?)

    Unlike a demonic statue speaking of vague ‘satanic compassion and empathy’ (whatever the hell THAT is), The Ten Commandments by contrast, held 10 laws. Laws that served as a foundation for the ancient Hebrews, and much later on, was credited as a document that helped an entire civilization survive and flourish. It and documents like it, served as precursors to documents of law later on, including the Magna Carta
    The Statehouse is a place of Law. The Ten Commandments were a set of beneficial laws. In strictly practicing the Ten Commandments, a person won’t do wrong.
    Where are Satan’s articles of law? Christians don’t specifically follow the Ten Commandments, that’s Judaism, but they can easily respect the legislative context there in.
    Satan hasn’t proposed a set of commandments that rival the Ten Commandments in both pragmatism and simplicity.
    This isn’t just about art and religion, it’s about context.

  5. Abigail Moreno

    So placing a statue that represents Satan whom most people know as having a negative reputation for being deceitful and wicked is gonna bring sunshine and rainbows to O.K? Lol I want a statue of Hitler next to Satan, and people can sit on his lab too and maybe even reminisce of the good ol days..