A Satan statue design has been submitted to an Oklahoma panel by a group of devil-worshippers, reports The Associated Press via ABC News on Tuesday. The New York based Satanic Temple says their 7-foot statue of the Devil is just as tolerable as the Ten Commandments monument that currently sits at the Okla. state Capitol.
The likeness of Satan is depicted as Baphomet – the enigmatic, goat-headed figure often used to symbolize occultism. The prominent occultist emblem of the pentagram would be etched on the throne, and the statue design includes two young children staring up at the beast.
As if this was not revolting enough, the statue would have another purpose. Much like sitting on Santa’s lap, Satanists have provided you with another lap to hop on.
Satanic Templar spokesman Lucien Greaves said “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.”
The privately-funded Ten Commandments monument was proposed and paid for in 2009 by Republican Representative Mike Ritze, and was soon after approved by the largely Republican-run state legislature.
“The 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,” stated the Legislative bill proposing the monument in 2009. “The 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 Oklahoma chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has sued to have the Ten Commandments monument removed, stating it is unconstitutional and a violation of the separation of Church and State.
The Oklahoma Capitol Preservation Commission, the group that approved the Ten Commandments monument, said a number of other “requests” have been made, in addition to the Satan statue. A Hindu monkey god statute was recently proposed, an animal rights group wanted a monument to earth’s creatures, and the satirical Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster wanted, well, who knows.
The panel placed a moratorium on considering any new requests.
“Anybody can still make their request, but we'll hold off on considering them until the lawsuit is adjudicated,” commission Chairman Trait Thompson said.
“The monument has been designed to reflect the views of Satanists in Oklahoma City and beyond,” Greaves said. Still, as you might imagine, the request did not sit well with Oklahomans.
“I think you've got to remember where you are. This is Oklahoma, the middle of the heartland,” said Rep. Don Armes, R-Faxon. “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.”