Hindu Organization Seeks to Place Statue of ‘Monkey King’ Near Ten Commandments Monument

statueOKLAHOMA CITY –– A Hindu organization in Reno, Nevada has announced its intent to apply for permission to erect a statue of the Hindu monkey king Hanuman next to a Ten Commandments monument in Oklahoma City.

The announcement comes just days after a Satanist organization also made known its offer to erect a public ‘homage to Satan’ near the monument, which sits on the premises of the Oklahoma capitol building.

As previously reported, the monument at issue was proposed and paid for in 2009 by Republican Representative Mike Ritze, and was soon after approved by the largely Republican-run state legislature.

“[T]he Ten Commandments are an important component of the foundation of the laws and legal system of the United States of America and of the State of Oklahoma,” the bill authorizing the monument acknowledged. “[T]he courts of the United States of America and of various states frequently cite the Ten Commandments in published decisions, and acknowledgements of the role played by the Ten Commandments in our nation’s heritage are common throughout America.”

The six-foot display was erected last year, but the ACLU said that the monument was unconstitutional.

“The monument’s placement at the Capitol has created a more divisive and hostile state for many Oklahomans,” stated Ryan Kiesel, the executive director of ACLU of Oklahoma, in a news release. “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.”

This past August, the organization filed suit against the monument, with the lead plaintiff being minister Bruce Prescott, the director of Mainstream Oklahoma Baptists. Prescott said that mixing the sacred with the secular in such a manner cheapens the display, and asserted that it violated the Constitution’s Establishment Clause, which says that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion…”

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Last week, the New-York based Satanic Temple announced that it has offered to to donate a public monument to be placed near the Ten Commandments display in order to “appease the ACLU’s concerns.” It said that if Oklahoma’s Capitol Preservation Commission grants the request, it will then seek public input for the text and design on the proposed “homage to Satan.”

Now, the Universalist Society of Hinduism has also issued a news release, outlining its intent to request permission to place a statue of the Hindu monkey king Hanuman near the Ten Commandments monument.

“[I]f the Oklahoma State Capitol was open to different monuments, we would love to have a statue of Lord Hanuman, who was greatly revered and worshipped and known for incredible strength and was perfect grammarian,” president Rajan Zed stated in the release.

“[B]esides honoring the Hindus living in Oklahoma, this statue would raise awareness of Oklahomans about Hinduism, [the] oldest and third largest religion of the world with about one billion adherents and a rich philosophical thought,” he added.

Commission Chairman Trait Thompson told Tulsa World that he is unsure how the situation will all pan out, but believes that the groups are attempting to make a statement more than anything.

“I suppose when one group gets some publicity, everyone else wants to make their point,” he said.

Photo: N. Aditya Madhav


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  • Sir Tainly

    If this keeps up we will have Mars Hills all across the land. 😀

  • Mark

    Everyone has to want something. It is a real shame that America cannot celebrate its’ mostly Christian heritage w/o another religion crying foul.

    • Jonathan N

      Mark,

      Why do you think puritans left England? Look up the uniformity act. Separation between church and state *******. You either have it or you start down the slippery slope of a state sponsored religion. By putting up the 10 Commandments you are telling everyone the US government endorses this religion. This is not a celebration. You want to celebrate something. Do it in the House of God. Or as the Bible likes to put it:

      Matthew 6:1-34

      “Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.”

      This is advertising Christianity. You want to do that on a person by person basis? Cool. More power to you. But this? NO.

      • [email protected]

        Be sure to finish the verse.

        2 “So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 3 But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

        They’re talking about doing it falsely because you want people seeing you do it, not because you’re genuine. It is good to stand up for Christ. Soon America will de-thrown God completely. Sin will rule, we will turn into a 1 World Government, and forced to worship an antichrist. Christianity will suffer, it’s in the book of Revelations.

        But the battle of Christianity is deeper than these monuments. Christ is Lord, and they are trying to hide it. The statue will not save people’s souls from Hell, only Jesus can do that. Hopefully they realize they are either working for God, or working against Him.

        Thank God for grace, forgiveness, and mercy. I hope they find God while they’re still alive…

  • Darren B

    it is simple folks when a Nation that claims to be a God fearing nation turns it’s back on it’s God. God will abandon it, History is full of examples.
    Whilst I believe there are many bible believing Christians still in the USA your numbers are dwindling.
    You are wracked by infighting and divisions and you have allowed the enemy to come in. and this enemy will now be like the Amorites. They will be a continual thorn in your side until you deal with the sin.

    You need to raise and reunite as one restore to God what is his and repent otherwise your lamp will be removed. and judgment will follow

  • Gilbert C O Daminagbo

    I THINK IT HAS COME TO A TIME WHEN WE MUST ONLY PRAY AND LET GO. SINCE THE NATIONS(HINDU GROUP AND SATANIST GROUP) LOVE TO WORSHIP A MONKEY AND GOATEE GOD OR GOD OF FLIES AND DO NOT FEAR THE GOD of gods THEN WE LET THEM TUMBLE IN THEIR OWN SLIME. LET THEM REMOVE THE TEN COMMANDMENT THEMSELVES AND ERECT THEIR IDOL AND WATCH GOD OR WAIT FOR THE LORD TO FIGHT OUR BATTLE. WHY DO THE NATIONS(THOSE WHO DO NOT WANT GOD TO RULE IN THEIR LIVES) RAGE AND IMAGINE OR PLOT VAIN THING? PSALM 2:1-12. THE LORD HAS ALREADY SETTLED THEIR CASE BY HIS WORDS THREFORE LET THEM BE AND DO AS THEY DESIRE BECAUSE THEY ARE REPROBATE.

  • Sir Tainly

    There is more than one comment that stated correctly that this state has opened up this can of worms by allowing the ten commandments monument. Since religious freedom is a founding tenant of this country I have one question.

    If the people that put up the monument did not see this coming and also don’t like it….how stupid are they?

  • Sir Tainly

    Ooops, better make that “religious freedom is a founding TENET of this country.

    Speaking of stupid. ;P

    But not on the scale it would take to not see this coming right down the center of Broadway…from miles away.

  • subramanuym

    As a practicing Hindu and an american of Indian origin, i am delighted to see a statue of the great lord Hanuman. Now i have a place to take me little nephews and nieces to remind them of their strong heritage.
    I can see a lot more tourism happening in Oklahoma.God bless America!

  • Christina

    Separation of Church and state was to keep the government out of Christianity are country was built on Christianity not any other religion!! Everyone is shooting and killing everyone and it will continue as long as we turn are back on god. We are letting them poison us by letting them push there false gods on us and Christians are going to have to stand up or watch our country be destroyed. Are government needs to back it’s founders we worship god here don’t like it go back!

  • Sir Tainly

    1 Corinthians 8: (1599 Geneva Bible)
    1 And as [a]touching things sacrificed unto idols, we know that we [b]all have knowledge: knowledge [c]puffeth up, but love [d]edifieth.
    2 Now, if any man think that he knoweth anything, he knoweth nothing, yet as he ought to know.
    3 But if any man love God, the same is known of him.
    4 [e]Concerning therefore the eating of things sacrificed unto [f]idols, we know that an idol is [g]nothing in the world, and that there is none other God but one.
    5 For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven, or in earth (as there be many gods, and many lords.)
    6 Yet unto us there is but one God, which is that Father, [h]of whom are all things, and we [i]in him, and [j]one Lord Jesus Christ, [k]by whom are all things, and we by him.
    7 [l]But every man hath not that knowledge: for [m]many having [n]conscience of the idol, until this hour, eat as a thing sacrificed unto the idol, and so their conscience being weak, is defiled.
    8 [o]But meat maketh us not acceptable to God, for neither if we eat, have we the more: neither if we eat not, have we the less.
    9 But take heed lest by any means this power of yours be an occasion of falling, to them that are weak.
    10 [p]For if any man see thee which hast knowledge, sit at table in the idols’ temple, shall not the conscience of him which is weak, be boldened, to eat those things which are sacrificed to idols?
    11 [q]And through thy knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died.
    12 [r]Now when ye sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ.
    13 [s]Wherefore if meat offend my brother, I will eat no flesh while the world standeth, that I may not offend my brother.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    See Christina, the idol is nothing to me, so I am not offended. If someone asks me to participate in something that is dedicated to this god, then I would decline but not out of some sense of misplaced moral outrage, but just so that everyone involved knows where I stand.

    I would think no less of the Hindus that exalt this idol, because I am not puffed up in my knowledge. Showing them the best Christian discrimination and gentleness that I can is what is best for our country and everyone else involved.

    This idol is no threat to me, or my sensibilities, or our country.

  • Vijay Samuel

    Lol…Monkey Statue ???? Seriously ? LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Syrinx

      No more ridiculous than the ten commandments being there

  • JRajBali

    ummm…excuse me…your ignorance is showing…Hanuman isn’t a “monkey king”.