Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (KMWTV) – The Satanic Temple, based out of New York City, unleashed its design for a seven-foot Satan Statue design, slated to be erected as a monument in the Oklahoma State Capitol Building.
The monstrous statue, which will be taller than most visitors, features Baphomet sitting upon a stone in a pose typical of a religious figure doling scholarly advice for the ages. Flanking the goat-headed Satan are two children, eagerly looking on and absorbing his lessons.
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A group of New Yorker’s sponsored the statue after an issue of Church and State arose in Oklahoma. A group of Christians successfully defended the inclusion of a Ten Commandments monument in the Statehouse. Several atheist groups heavily lobbied against the inclusion of the Ten Commandment monuments, but heartily welcomed the ‘Satan Statue’ to be erected in the monument, presumably to make a point about the issue of the separation of Church and State.
Popular atheist blogger Kent Mallory-O’Greene summarized his beliefs: “If Christians want to sneak their pesky monuments into public grounds and say it is legal, then let’s help the Satanists build their grand monuments on the very same grounds. It will make our zombie-worshiping friends pretty angry, so that in itself is wonderful.”
Sources quote a spokesperson for the monument, Lucien Greaves: ”
“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.”
While some polled individuals feel the monument is simply a very bona-fide attempt to incense Christians in Oklahoma, others cite the fact that lawmakers in Oklahoma have tried to fight the inclusion of this monument and have publically states the Satanists should not be given the same treatment as Christians shows not only religious inequality, but preferential treatment of one religious belief system over another in state grounds, raising very many major issues of Constitutionality and state rights.
In defense, Republican Representative Earl Sears of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, argues for a ‘states-rights’ reason that the Ten Commandment monument has earned inclusion in the Oklahoma Statehouse:
“This is a faith-based nation and a faith-based state.” “I think it is very offensive they would contemplate or even have this kind of conversation.”
The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster and PETA also asked for monuments in the Statehouse, but were denied after savvy Oklahoma lawmakers quickly voted through a moratorium prohibiting new monuments being built, placed or displayed in the Statehouse.
To complete the Baphomet monument, the New York group reveals it will need $20,000, an amount that will likely be reached in very quick time. If Oklahoma somehow denies the monument, which has legal grounds to be displayed in the state, sources indicate it can still be displayed in New York City.