“We want kids to see that Satanism is where the fun is”
The Temple of satan (based in New York) seeks to erect “a statue of the Evil One…next to the recently erected 10 Commandments monument on state capitol grounds” as per a CNN report.*
Another correlation is made between satanists and Atheists as they have no original ideas since both of their groups are based on negative assertions; to besmirch Christianity, the Bible and YHVH.
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Just as with Dan Barker’s famous (or, infamous) well known Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF; a foundation established in the USA, a country founded upon the concept of freedom of religious expression) the Temple of satan hides behind litigious concerns as spokesman for the Temple of satan, Lucien Greaves, stated:
“They said they wanted to be open to different monuments and this seems like a perfect place to put that to the test.”
Of course, the FFRF is a watch-god group which seems to only go after Christians. For example, will they ever get around to protesting the gigantic statue of Athena and Nike in Tennessee? (see the video Occultopia: occult city art from Mozambique to Tennessee). Of course not. It will be interesting to see if the FFRF goes after the satanists’ monument. Perhaps many should begin writing to them to petition them to protest it. Of course, they will tuck their tails between their legs and, in this case, cry “Equality and freedom!”
Greaves noted that, “They believe Satan is a ‘literary construct,’” thus fulfilling the quip that the greatest trick the devil ever pulled was to convince the world that he does not exist. He also added that they do not believe in a “being with horns and hooves” and upon that, we can agree.
On a fundraising page, the Temple of satan notes that they want the monument as “an ‘homage’ to Satan” and that “Donations within certain price brackets earn the donator official Satanic Temple Merchandise gift packages.”
The Temple of satan also “held a rally at Florida's state capitol in support of a law that allows ‘inspirational messages’ at public school assemblies. ‘It allows us to spread the message of Satanism,’ which centers around respect for diversity and religious minorities, said Greaves.”
This all came about because, “Oklahoma legislators voted to erect the Ten Commandments monument in 2009, using private funds” and has been under attack from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) ever since.
Indeed, coming to the satanists’ rescue, legal director of the ACLU, Brady Henderson, stated, “We feel like the Satanic Temple has a very strong argument to say that, if the state allows one religious monument, you have to allow others.”
On an interesting note, Oklahoma state Rep. Bob Cleveland stated that he opposes the satanist’s proposal because, “only monuments that reflect Oklahoma values should be allowed on capitol the capitol grounds.” Point being, why are New Yorkers want a monument in Oklahoma? To make a point and that is all.
Not doing himself any favors Lucien Greaves noted:
“We want something big and bold that will be able to stand up to the weather or whatever other kinds of assaults. My favorite idea right now is an object of play for children. We want kids to see that Satanism is where the fun is.”
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* Daniel Burke, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor, “Satanists want statue next to 10 Commandments, Religion.Blogs.CNN, December 9th, 2013 AD