Hindus to Push for ‘Monkey King’ Statue if Oklahoma Votes to Allow Ten Commandments Monument

statueOKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — An American Hindu organization says that it will renew its pursuit to erect a statue of the Hindu god Hanuman at the Oklahoma State Capitol if residents vote next week to allow the Ten Commandments to be displayed.

“Hindu statesman Rajan Zed … said that if and when [the] Oklahoma State Capitol became open again in the future to different monuments and space was available in the statehouse grounds, Hindus would love to request placing a statue of Lord Hanuman, which might become the first Hindu religious monument on public land in USA,” the Universalist Society of Hinduism in Nevada said in a statement on Wednesday.

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

On Tuesday, voters in Oklahoma will decide on a ballot initiative that asks whether or not the state Constitution should be amended to allow government property for religious benefit.

“This measure would remove Article 2, Section 5 of the Oklahoma Constitution, which prohibits the government from using public money or property for the direct or indirect benefit of any religion or religious institution,” the measure reads.

“Article 2, Section 5 has been interpreted by the Oklahoma courts as requiring the removal of a Ten Commandments monument from the grounds of the State Capitol,” it explains. “If this measure repealing Article 2, Section 5 is passed, the government would still be required to comply with the Establishment Clause of the United States Constitution, which is a similar constitutional provision that prevents the government from endorsing a religion or becoming overly involved with religion.”

As previously reported, a Ten Commandments monument was removed from the Capitol grounds in October 2015 after the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled 7-2 that the display violated Article 2, Section 5, of the Oklahoma Constitution, which states that property cannot be used to promote a “church denomination or system of religion.”

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The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Oklahoma was at the helm of the legal effort to have the monument removed, as it asserted that the placement of the Decalogue on the grounds of the state capitol building was unconstitutional. The lead plaintiff in the case was liberal minister Bruce Prescott, the director of Mainstream Oklahoma Baptists.

In the midst of the conflict, the Satanic Temple soon sought to place a Baphomet statue on the capitol grounds, and the Universalist Society of Hinduism applied to erect a monument to its monkey deity Hanuman.

“Hanuman, the monkey God, is considered Chiranjeevi (will live eternally). He is strong, full of valor, with various skills and powers. At the same time, he is wise, a great gnani, a yogi, a brahmachari,” the site Indian-Heritage.org outlines. “He is worshiped in the temples as Bhaktha Hanuman and Veera Hanuman.”

In April, following the removal of the Ten Commandments monument and a determination among some to have it restored, lawmakers approved a resolution to place the Ten Commandments controversy on the Oklahoma ballot.

A “yes” vote on Tuesday would mean one is favor of allowing the Ten Commandments on the Capitol grounds, while a “no” vote would mean one desires to retain the status quo.


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  • The Skeptical Chymist

    Yep, put up one religious monument in the state capital, and you need to allow all religions to put up monuments in the state capital. The state cannot pick and choose which religions it deems to be acceptable, and which are not.

    • Amos Moses

      all is good for me ………..

    • Amos Moses

      17:16 Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was stirred in him, when he saw the city wholly given to idolatry.
      17:17 Therefore disputed he in the synagogue with the Jews, and with the devout persons, and in the market daily with them that met with him.
      17:18 Then certain philosophers of the Epicureans, and of the Stoicks, encountered him. And some said, What will this babbler say? other some, He seemeth to be a setter forth of strange gods: because he preached unto them Jesus, and the resurrection.
      17:19 And they took him, and brought him unto Areopagus, saying, May we know what this new doctrine, whereof thou speakest, is?
      17:20 For thou bringest certain strange things to our ears: we would know therefore what these things mean.
      17:21 (For all the Athenians and strangers which were there spent their time in nothing else, but either to tell, or to hear some new thing.)
      17:22 Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars’ hill, and said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious.
      17:23 For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you.
      17:24 God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;
      17:25 Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;
      17:26 And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;
      17:27 That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:
      17:28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.
      17:29 Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device.
      17:30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:
      17:31 Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.
      17:32 And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked: and others said, We will hear thee again of this matter.

    • Bob Johnson

      Although, perhaps the Oklahoma legislature may wish to visit Khajuraho, India for some additional Hindu ideas in now to make a world class state capitol building.

      • The Skeptical Chymist

        Thank you for that suggestion! I had to look up Khajuraho, which I had read about but didn’t remember. Great idea for the Oklahoma legislature!

  • 0pus

    I hope someone sets up a hamburger stand in front of it.

  • Amos Moses

    The real reason that we can’t have the Ten Commandments posted in a courthouse is this — you cannot post ‘Thou Shalt Not Steal’ ‘Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery’ and ‘Thou Shall Not Lie’ in a building full of lawyers, judges and politicians … it creates a hostile work environment.

    • james blue

      Every now and then you give me a good chuckle. thank you.

    • Charles

      ha. ha.. Right?!

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Hindus did not contribute to the creation or maintenance of America. They should liberate Dalits in India first instead of doing this in America. Secular Westerners love Eastern spirituality only because it has no clear condemnation on sins. No Christianity = No equality or freedom

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Pagan America would be worse than any other civilizations because pagan Westerners are practically hedonists on the close level of ancient Canaanites. (Leviticus ch.18-20) Mankind need Jesus Christ for salvation and truth. Jesus is the Saviour of the world. ( John ch. 3-4)

    • Heidi K.

      Amen.

  • Croquet_Player

    People of faith may put up as many religious monuments as they like on private property. But if you’re going to let one religious group do it on public property, you have to let all of them do it. I hope the voters of Oklahoma do the sensible thing and decline to amend their constitution, but if they don’t, I do hope they enjoy their new monkey god, and all the other religious monuments which will soon adorn the capitol lawn.

    • Romeo N Blackjeans

      Do Christian monuments upset you?
      Good.
      Glad you told us.

      • Croquet_Player

        Not in the least. I just think it’s best to have religious monuments on private property. Do you like monkey god statues?

  • Heidi K.

    Judgement is coming upon this former Christian nation.

    • TwoRutRoad

      Finally!!! It’s a FORMER christian nation! Does that mean we won’t be hearing, “This is a Christian nation and if you don’t like it, then leave!” anymore?

  • Becky

    Should anyone be surprised really? This is what happens when a man-made document, known as the US Constitution, is the supreme law of the land, instead of God’s word. That document took precedence over God’s word and positioned the US to commit every affront against God Almighty. Indeed, the US has been blessed by God Almighty, however it doesn’t mean that it’s a godly nation. As God’s people know, it will only get worse in all nations, including the US and its supreme law of the land paved the way…it’s evident.

    • Worf

      The US constitution is the law, and your god is irrelevant (not to mention non-existent). Biblical law is explicitly evil.

      Deuteronomy 17 calls for the killing of all that “transgress his (the christian god’s) covenant”. According to that rule, you should stone me and my fellow atheists to death. If that seems like a fair law to you, you might be better off as an islamic terrorist.

      Remember; “Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and unto God the things that are God’s” (Matthew 22:21). Keep your superstition out of my government.

      If you feel like demeaning yourself to an imaginary psychopath invented by primitive, uneducated goat herders, that is fine. Just don’t expect others to take your nonsense seriously.

      P.S.: If you want to claim that the OT is not relevant anymore, you might want to read Matt. 5:17.

      “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.”

      Isn’t the bible fun? It sure provides a lot of ammunition to use against itself.

      • Mr Cleats

        Your silly rant is infantile. No one is stoning atheists.

        Deal with the PRESENT, it’s 2016. You sound deranged.

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    You are a property of the top 1% if you are not Christian; the reason you are submissive to Western pervs. Christians alone are free. (John ch.8) Slaves break free only by reading the Holy Bible because the Holy Bible alone gives mankind truth and wisdom and freedom. Good white Christian men taught us colored how to read and write so that we would not be enslaved by bad white men. Remember US history. Universal literacy is an invention of American Puritans, and the white Christian missionaries brought it into the entire world so that all mankind could read the Holy Bible firsthand and never be slaves to villains again. Today’s secular West tries to enslave mankind with sexual immorality and it needs to be addressed. Racists are better than sexual pervs to deal with.

    • JackMinole

      I’ve seen what “good white Christian men” did for the aboriginals of North America among others, so I’m not buying what you’re selling. It’s also noticeable that you haven’t addressed your God’s condoning of slavery.

      The fact is “Christian News” isn’t a place which is going to allow me to post comments so I won’t even bother with the rest of what you’ve written.

      • Grace Kim Kwon

        The good white Christian men created America by working hard and raising their own children; they were not well-fed traitors who place pervs in women’s washrooms like the men in the 21st century. The aboliginals masacred white men, too; the English tribe happened to be the most civilized and mightiest of all tribes in the world. Today’s well-fed Americans have no rights to bash the white Christian pioneers who created the best nations on earth for everyone to live. If you don’t like the yesteryears’ Americans, leave USA and go back to your original country as you wish.

        • JackMinole

          Created America by working hard, raising their own children and slaughtering those here before them.

          I enjoy your attempts at both cherry picking history and religion. At least in that you’re consistent.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            The aboriginal tribes were always fighting against each other and they also massacred the white tribes. Any American who feel sorry for the aboriginals should leave the continent permanently so that the Mongoloids could take back the land. The English tribes worked hard to create the best nationhood for anyone to live well. US soldiers have been merely protecting the product of the English tribes. Memorial Day should be for the white pioneers, too, not just for US soldiers. Makers are greater than mere keepers. Today’s secular Americans are the most illogical tribes on Planet Earth. Americans are NOTHING if they have no Christianity.

          • JackMinole

            The English tribes worked hard to profit wherever they could. Their goal was not the betterment of all man kind.

            Your attempt at masquerading it as some noble cause demonstrates how twisted your world view really is

            Christianity is clearly not required for conscience as many non-Christians have demonstrated. If anything Christianity requires at times that the conscience be ignored as the various scandals of Christian denominations have shown time and time again.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            The Christian English tribes alone had the truth and fairness and manners. You only think about money and that’s why you don’t understand the English. Their strength was lawfulness based on the Christian properness and nothing else. Anyone can be rich and greedy but only the Christian English were proper and they conquered the planet. Pagans are illiterate barbarians who needed rescue. Secular West has no scandal because their existence itself lives for abnormal immorality; immorality and infanticide is their core value. The West needs Christianity for salvation and truth and life.

          • JackMinole

            You still haven’t answered my question, Grace. Which Christian’s were greater – Those that made slaves, or those that kept them?

            The Christian English tribes cared about truth, fairness and manners? Then why did they spread through lies, injustice and barbarity? I mean, aside from your God giving it the a-ok! Seems like a contradiction to me.

            Tell me – Was it truth, fairness or manners (as you put it) that had them give smallpox infested items to wipe out the aboriginals? Look up the symptoms, Grace, and tell me what was true, fair or mannerly about exposing men, women and children to this disease.

            What truth does Christianity offer me, Grace? How can I judge it to be true?

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Christians free slaves. Read Frederick Douglass. Liberation is a Christian work. Some of the white race had some hard time to swallow the fact that the colored are the same humans but the white Christians liberated all in the soonest time; until then, local men enslaved women and children in the Non-West. Slavery has universal forms. The disease contact was an accident. Everyone tried to survive at that time; they were not well-fattened or bored or malicious like the moderners. Many white tribes perished, too, in the land of America in struggling against the nature. The Word of God tells you that your unbelief is evil and you need to repent of your sins and to trust in Jesus Christ as your Saviour to get saved. Your sin proves that the Word of God is true. Read the Gospel of John.

          • JackMinole

            Christians make and keep slaves and CAN, with God’s grace, make and keep slaves. Read your bible!

            This is the problem we’re having here, Grace. I’m not saying all Christians are terrible people, but I will disagree with you until the ends of the earth that they are the greatest, nicest, most mannerly people. Your religion has shown the same (and often times greater) barbarity than plenty of others you would count as false.

            How dare you claim that the disease contact was accidental. Your behaviour and your ignorance is absolutely appalling. You’ll do and say anything to try to wriggle out of accepting the truth, won’t you. The INTENTIONAL spread of smallpox to the Native Americans was documented.

            I have read the bible and it is the word of man, not of a God. Your unashamed attempt at portraying your religious forbears as faultless, righteous people despite all the evidence to the contrary proves your lies inherit in the book you hold so deal. Try reading something else.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            You are wrong. The Christian English tribe was the nicest among mankind. If they were greedy, all others were and are greedier plus dishonest. (Psalms 14) Thank God it was not Nazi Germans or Atheist Soviets or Atheist China who found the American continents. Humanists and atheists treat human life like dirt. The Christian English had the best manners among the barbaric mankind on Planet Earth. You rant ignorance because you don’t know the real world on the planet outside of USA; all you suffered is lack of some stupid voting rights or something.

          • JackMinole

            Even if it were the nicest (which I completely disagree with) that still doesn’t make it “good.” The lesser evil is still evil.

            You mean the Nazi Germany that was Christian? I love, love, love how you decided to opt for the political party in Germany, but with the Soviets and China you opted for their stance on the topic of God’s existence. Kind of hard to make your point when you demonstrate that Christianity was the religion favoured by the Nazi’s.

            How mannerly the way the Christian English dealt with the Aboriginals through slaughter. How mannerly the way they the treated the people of Africa through slavery. How mannerly they were when they colonised and oppressed the people of India.

            If this is your ideas of “manners” I hope I never have the misfortune of attending any of your social gatherings.

            I’m ignorant? You’re the one making baseless claims and ignoratnly assuming I’ve never been outside the USA. Or that I’m even in the USA.

          • JackMinole

            Which Christians were greater – Those who made slaves of others, or those who kept them?

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Those who freed them. Those who read the Holy Bible never stay as slaves. Universal literacy on Planet Earth is for reading the Holy Bible! Secular West is a sorry state because of immorality. The concept of human freedom is from the Holy Bible. All pagans have been slaves to more powerfuls. Atheists kill babies and believers. Christianity = life.

          • JackMinole

            But Grace, that wasn’t one of the options. The options was those that MADE them slaves, or those that KEPT them.

            So, I guess you’d be perfectly fine with someone being enslaved so long as they didn’t convert to Christianity. What a horrible and barbaric religion you have there. Sounds like you guys also spread “by the sword.”

            If you’ll remember it was your beloved English Christians that killed babies and non-believers with small pox infested items. And they killed other believers too!

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Your memory is wrong. Slavery is Cain’s tribe’s invention( Genesis ch.5), not Christians’. Biblical Christianity liberates everyone. Christianity spread by acknowledging the truth. The proof is today’s West. De-christianized West descended into a moral chaos. The contacts with the Christian West halted local men’s enslavement of women and children. Slavery takes many forms. There have been wars. The English tribe won the wars on all sides because they were the most orderly and lawful one. Atheists in communist nations kill believers, not the English tribe. Americans don’t know about the outside world except the US missionaries and US soldiers because the US population has been always well-protected by the nicest Church.

          • JackMinole

            And yet Christianity affirms slavery, despite it’s being an invention of Cain’s tribe, as you say. How many contradictions is that now?

            A father can sell their Hebrew daughter into a lifetime of slavery (Exodus 21:7-11)

            A male Hebrew can be kept for a 6 year period BUT if in that time he were to take a wife then she would not be allowed to go free, but would remain the property of the slave owner. If they had children while both slaves the children would ALSO remain slaves indefinitely. The only way the man can stay with his wife and children is to submit to his master for life. Otherwise he must abandon them. (Exodus 21:2-5)

            Non-Hebrews aren’t so lucky. Slavery. They can be bought, sold and inherited when their owner died. Leviticus 25:44-46 explicitly allows slaves to be bought from foreign nations or foreigners living in Israel. People can even be kidnapped and brought into slavery (Except Hebrews).

            Heredity slaves have no means of going free.

            Biblical Christianity is false and, therefore, can liberate no one.

            Christianity spread due to it’s popularity amongst the most aggressive expansionist culture of the time. I like can make it around the world before the truth can cross the room and Christianity has proven this.

            The English tribe won their wars due to the superiority of their technology.

            Of course the “English Tribe” (as you call them) wouldn’t kill believers in their country. They are the believers! Now, atheists, pagans, people of other religions… They had no problem killing those.

            If the US Soldiers have always been so well protected, why do they fail so often in war? Vietnam, Iraq etc. Seems like your theory has a lot of holes.

            I supplied Chapter and Verse so you can actually read your Bible for once.

          • JackMinole

            Also, how can human freedom come from a book that also supports the enslavement of others? People being owned as property? Sounds like we’ve stumbled on another contradiction.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            There is no contradiction in the Holy Bible. The Word of God is realistic about mankind. Men will always have master-servant/slave relationships in economy till the end of the world, but humans can break free from every tyranny by submitting to Christ alone. It differs according to time and nations. In today’s America, being able to treat Sodomy as a sin is the freedom. Those who appease Western pervs are slaves.

          • JackMinole

            There are hundreds of contradictions in the Holy Bible! Open your eyes, Grace, and free yourself from the rhetoric of your false religion! They couldn’t even write about the main character, Jesus, without contradicting the year of his birth and the day of his crucifixion!

            So, you’d be perfectly fine with my owning a person as property and beating them in accordance with the rules put in place by your God. You’d see no problem with my beating someone resulting in their death provided it takes them over two days to die.

            Thankfully the moral systems of others, including my own, precludes that from happening. I shudder to think of the world we’d live in if the Abrahamic slave system was still allowed to prosper.