Satanic Temple Monument To Accompany Oklahoma Ten Commandments

satanic logoIt should be fun to watch Oklahoman lawmakers try to squirm out of allowing this Satanic Temple edifice (featuring interactive kids’ display!) to be erected next to the existing Ten Commandments monument outside the Oklahoma state Capitol. From ABC News:

A monument to the Ten Commandments that sits outside the Oklahoma statehouse may soon have some unholy company.

Satan worshipers are seeking to build their own monument at the state Capitol, and Lucien Greaves, a spokesman for the Satanic Temple, said he’s “optimistic” it will be approved.

“I really don’t see a grounds which they can reject this,” he told ABC News.

The privately funded Ten Commandments monument was approved by the conservative-led Oklahoma state legislature in 2009, and erected on Capitol grounds in 2012. It has riled up opponents ever since, many calling into question the constitutionality of the monument.

But Greaves does not see a problem with the Christian monument, as long as it does not stand alone.

“I feel that the statue is only problematic when it stands alone,” Greaves said. “It would change the dynamic with our monument there. We aren’t objecting to the Ten Commandments monument, we’re objecting to the monument standing alone.”

When asked what the Satanic monument would look like, Greaves said he doesn’t want to “reveal too much about the possible design options,” but hinted that his “favorite design, at the moment, is an interactive display for children.”

The American Civil Liberties Union has been less accepting of the existing monument, and has filed a lawsuit seeking its removal.

“The monument’s placement at the Capitol has created a more divisive and hostile state for many Oklahomans,” Ryan Kiesel, executive director of ACLU Oklahoma, said in a statement. “When the government literally puts one faith on a pedestal, it sends a strong message to Oklahomans of other faiths that they are less than equal.”

But Greaves said he believes a monument from the Satanic Temple would re-assert that “we all have a voice” in this “religiously pluralistic nation.”…

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  • echar

    I’d support this if I had some extra money to spare. Hopefully this happens.

  • Rhoid Rager

    I’m all for a three-tiered, black marble fountain of goat’s blood. Those ten commandments monuments already attract the wrong crowd.

  • Reasor

    I’m dying to see a proposal for the “interactive display” for the children.

  • Tchoutoye

    The first monument is for how politicians see themselves, the proposed new one should be for how they really are.

  • Dingbert

    Our town has a similar issue with Christmas decorations on the Courthouse lawn. Two years ago, someone put up a full size crucified skeleton in a Santa Claus costume. It was hilarious.

    Problems with display of the Ten Commandments that don’t involve the Constitution:
    -The original Ten Commandments were intentionally locked in a box.
    -Christians are not technically bound by the Ten Commandments.
    -The Ten Commandments aren’t even displayed in Christian churches. The Ethiopians have the Ark and they keep it hidden and guarded. The most I’ve ever seen are the tablets in stained glass, with scribbled lines instead of actual text.

    • Reasor

      It’s a bit of historical revisionism on the part of the folks behind these Ten Commandments monuments; attempting to cast the freethinkers responsible for the Bill of Rights as modern Evangelical Fundamentalists, and attempting to frame their sacred text as the font from which comes all of human law in the process – as if it occurred to nobody else to not want thieves and rapists in their neighborhoods, until they heard the good idea from Jehovah’s gang of thugs.

      • Dingbert

        They have a half a point as far as the judicial system goes. Legal reasoning include “social background” and “widely held values,” which means we do end up with a lot of laws interpreted in a Western Christian context. I doubt fundamentalists are likely to embrace that, though, since both of those things are dependent on who dominates society. Christians today, but maybe not in 100 years.

    • kowalityjesus

      DA PROBLEM IS….Jesus didn’ never have no skeleton lyin’ ’round on da earff. He wen’ up to Heaben and that’s wey he gon’ come back from.

    • Andrew

      Morality is what you make other people do.

  • American Cannibal

    6 6 6 O K L A H O M A 6 6 6

  • DeepCough

    I propose a monument in the public square with the following text:

    ALL YOUR RELIGIONS ARE FULL OF SHIT

    • jnana

      and next to your monument’ i’d propose another one
      “that guy has no imagination and forgot to read Joseph Campbell”

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