Satanists Unveil Design for Proposed ‘Homage to Satan’ Near Ten Commandments Monument


satanic monumentOKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – A New York-based Satanist group has unveiled its design for its proposed ‘homage to Satan,’ which it seeks to place next to a Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the Oklahoma state capitol building.

As previously reported, the Satanic Temple issued a news release about its intentions last month, outlining that the placement of the display may resolve the dispute over the Ten Commandments monument, which is currently the subject of a federal lawsuit.

“[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 2009 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 in 2012, 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…”

To solve the dispute, the Satanic Temple offered to to donate a public monument to be placed near the Ten Commandments display in order to “appease the ACLU’s concerns.” This week, it unveiled the design for the display, releasing a drawing of the goat-headed figure Baphomet sitting on a throne with a pentagram overhead and the inscription “The spirit of compassion, wisdom and justice should always prevail over the written or spoken word.” Smiling children stand on both sides of Baphoment, who is making the hand sign for the occult.

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Other quotes will also be included on the monument, including “Prisons are built with stones of law, brothels with bricks of religion.”

“The statue will serve as a beacon calling for compassion and empathy among all living creatures,” spokesperson Lucien Greaves explained in his application to the Oklahoma Capitol Preservation Commission. “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.”

“We trust that this unique monument will also prove a favorite tourist attraction to Oklahoma’s Capitol for years to come,” he added in a news release on Monday.

But some have stated that if the display is approved, it will be anything but a favorite of local residents.

“I think you’ve got to remember where you are. This is Oklahoma, the middle of the heartland,” Representative Don Armes told the Associated Press. “I think we need to be tolerant of people who think different than us, but this is Oklahoma, and that’s not going to fly here.”

Representative Earl Sears likewise called the monument “an insult to the good people of the state.”

As previously reported, last month, the Oklahoma Capitol Preservation Commission issued a temporary ban on new displays next to the Ten Commandments monument until the legal challenge runs its course through the courts.

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8 Responses to Satanists Unveil Design for Proposed ‘Homage to Satan’ Near Ten Commandments Monument

  1. Guys, come on, this is an obvious bait. By arguing that the state shouldn’t allow Satanic statues built, you set the groundwork for a blanket ban on overt Christian symbology or recognition in government. It simultaneously squishes the “freedom of religion” or “the state isn’t granting special privileges to Christianity” arguments when you argue that your holy text should be allowed in pwhile other religious objects are not.

    Is it depravity? Yes. Have they won? Yes. There’s no logical way out of this one, either we play by the “all religions are allowed equally” game or we face the much graver “no religions are allowed at all” consequence. Putting the ten commandments up was unnecessary and forced this issue, we should be aware moving into the future how easy it is to entrap ourselves by our own stubbornness. We don’t need to have a cross on every door in schools and capitol in the country, we need believers who care more about people than worrying about fighting a losing battle in Washington.

  2. “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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    If only these and other voices of reason had prevailed from the start Oklahomans wouldn’t have to deal with this mess! What a revolting mess.

    This Baptist Minister Bruce Prescott has some good sense.

    Seeing this design, I’m not laughing about Mars Hill in Oklahoma anymore.

  3. The devil of compassion and caring – sounds like the democratic party – scary.

  4. Let the majority rule…put this out for a vote to he people who live in Oklahoma asking if they want it erected or not. See what happens!

    • An earlier majority passed the first amendment to the constitution, making illegal for a modern majority to give special privilege based on religious view. If you don’t like the current majority pass rule, ratify a new amendment.

  5. Please Lord Jesus come soon!

  6. I say we erect monuments to/of Cookie Monster, The Kool Aid Man, and Captain Crunch.

  7. how does a freedom of religion stem from worship no other god but me?

    one of the main sources for religious freedom spoken of by Tomas Jefferson was a clay cylinder from Cyrus the Great… who was persian and considered a Messiah by the Jewish people… as was Saul and David. Why? Because Messiah’s are annointed with oils of kingship. Jesus even proclaimed that he had not been annointed on the head with oil. Thus he admited he was not a Messiah.

    also, depending on your version of the bible… there are argueably 10 completely different commandments (the second set after moses smashed the first set). Plus before the lord’s prayer Jesus says that anyone that publically proclaims their faith is a hypocrite. So having the ten commandments represented as they are is dubiously biased towards what one thinks is true rather than remembering that there are 613 commandments throughout the OT called the Mitzvot, which most Christians and many Jews break every day in this country.

    i am not surprised that many faithful posters here have claimed belief that atheists are either satanists or worse. I admit I am also surprised they do not know the evolution of Satan from the earliest books of the OT into the last written books of the NT. Mashit (mah-sit) and Mal’ak Hammashit (“the angel” ha-mah-sit) are just two of the original names for the character Satan. They were agents of the lord and could do nothing without his allowance (such as when he unjustly punished Job via his agent Hassatan for being the best and most faithful follower). These “agents of punishment or obstruction” are usually referred to as satans with a lower case s. Satan as a named character truly came into his own form of supernatural deification one of the last chronologically written books of the NT (John). In fact, after those John there were only 8 books left out of the 27 in the NT. And John was written nearly 60 years after Jesus supposedly died. It’s surprising when you look at how Jesus and the character Satan both got more powerful with each book written during those 60 years. But sadly so did the stories of Appollonius of Tyana which almost took down the early Church and was vehemently criticized by early theologians.

    But what surprises me the most is that people think that atheists are Satanists or even satans. If someone doesn’t believe in a god, then how could one actually be a Satanist? One would have to believe in a form of Satan, like the Baphomet variation, and by the transitive property the deity that created him. Although, I bet they use Satanist as an attention getting device rather than believeing in the biblical varient. They should more correctly be called Baphomists or something similar since Baphomet is actually different from the more commonly thought of biblical Satan or Lucifer type character.

    And just because one obstructs your faith does not mean that one feels like they are carrying out some sort of divine punishment. Opposition is one of the key elements in not only competitions like pro sports… but also in debates. Much like advisors and consuls who make the king ponder their actions before actually commiting to them. Opposition and forms of Obstruction are also conerstones of capitalism and consumer safety.

    You may not share my views and you may not accept my arguments but my opinion is… there shouldn’t be any religious or non religious statue on the grounds because that says the state is seen as being supportive to only that one religious denomination. Again, in his work on relgious freedom for the state of Virginia, Thomas Jefferson said it would only be possible through a ‘wall of seperation between church and state’. The defenition of establishment supports this idea in that establishment also means a small group of individuals with the same goals and/or ideology. ironically this means that having a law that allows some belies to be considered viable religions due to membership number is not only wrong but that there shouldn’t even be a law allowing them to be tax exempt. Those show favor to those religions and take away the equality and rights of the people. This is similar to when many, including the founding fathers, used the bible to justify racism, salvery, beating children, and the inequality of and mistreatment of women.

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