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Satan worshipers invade Oklahoma Capital in the name of Lord Lucifer.

Worshipers of Satan revealed their plans for a huge statue of their lord Lucifer to be placed at the Oklahoma state Capital.

The winged and horned goat-man sits so that children and adults can use him as a chair; the designers intentionally want the 7-foot-tall statue to appeal to children. Satanist spokesman Lucien Greaves commented during the design phase, "My favorite idea right now is an object of play for children. We want kids to see that Satanism is where the fun is."

The Satanist proposal is in response to a Ten Commandments monument placed on the same property in 2012. Courts currently discuss the legality of the Christian statue being placed on public land.

The satirical point the Satanists make is that if a privately funded Christian symbol can be placed on governmental property, then so should theirs.

The point is flawed for two reasons.

One, Satanism is not a religion. The Satanists do not actually believe in supernatural beings or powers. They see Satan as a metaphor. At best, they are a philosophical organization advocating a way of life. At worst, they are trolls. Thus, if allowing religious statues is acceptable on public lands, this decree would be irrelevant to the Satanists.

Two, the beliefs and texts of The Satanic Temple have not influenced the Western world or the United States like Christianity has. Therefore, there is no justification for placing the monument of a fringe group on public land.

Hence, while some may find the Satanist proposal humorous, the Satanists' argument seems problematic.

However, the flaws of the lovers of Lucifer do not justify the placement of the Ten Commandments on public property.

The founders and the Supreme Court have made clear that displaying religious symbols, including the Ten Commandments, violates the separation between church and state (First Amendment's establishment clause); unless, the context of the Ten Commandments has historical or civic intent and value.

Monuments with the entire text of the Ten Commandments are overbearingly religious. The Commandments are a covenant between Moses and God, and the first four Commandments are explicitly religious: "Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make graven images. Thou shalt not use the Lord's name in vain. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy." Thus, placing such texts on public property needs a strong historical justification.

Unfortunately, people often greatly exaggerate the role the Ten Commandments played in shaping U.S. law and history.

In truth, U.S. law owes vastly more to Roman and Pre-Christian Anglo-Saxon law than to the Ten Commandments, Christianity, or Judaism. Thus, rather than providing a civic benefit, emphasizing the Ten Commandments near/in a courthouse or legislative building misleads the public.

Conservatives fighting for religious symbols and a false version of history only gives satirical groups like The Satanic Temple an opportunity for public exposure. Christians have every liberty to display their religious symbols on private property. But on public property, these symbols should be limited to their historical context.

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