Satanists want their own monument, right next to the Ten Commandments

Matt Cover

, Rare Staff

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There’s a monument to the Ten Commandments outside the Oklahoma statehouse and a New York-based group of Satanists wants to put up it’s own monument — right next to it.

It would probably be unconstitutional for the state to refuse the Satanists, who say their monument would be in “good taste.”

From Fox News:

In their zeal to tout their faith in the public square, conservatives in Oklahoma may have unwittingly opened the door to a wide range of religious groups, including satanists who are seeking to put their own statue next to a Ten Commandments monument on the Statehouse steps.

But the New York-based Satanic Temple saw an opportunity. It notified the state’s Capitol Preservation Commission that it wants to donate a monument and plans to submit one of several possible designs this month, said Lucien Greaves, a spokesman for the temple.

“We believe that all monuments should be in good taste and consistent with community standards,” Greaves wrote in letter to state officials. “Our proposed monument, as an homage to the historic/literary Satan, will certainly abide by these guidelines.”

The Satanists claim they’re just after the same equal exposure given to Christians — never mind that the Ten Commandments are technically Jewish — but Oklahoma officials aren’t buying it.

It remains to be seen whether the Satanists will get their monument or not, but it’s probably a good idea for Oklahoma to fight this one.

Matt Cover

Matt Cover is content editor for Rare. Follow him on Twitter @MattCover

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