As reported by the Associated Press on Monday, a satanic group from New York is pushing to have a 7-foot-tall statue of Satan erected at the Oklahoma state capitol. Apparently, this group of satanists, along with other groups, such as the ACLU, are quite unhappy over the fact that a privately-funded statue of the Ten Commandments was erected on that same property in 2012.
On Monday, the group unveiled their proposed plan.
"The monument has been designed to reflect the views of Satanists in Oklahoma City and beyond", said Lucien Greaves, who is the satanist temple spokesman. "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 group also admits that part of their intent is to "highlight the hypocrisy of state leaders in Oklahoma."
Interestingly, the bible refers to Satan - among other names - as the "accuser of the brethren", who accuses God's children before God, day and night.
The group's proposed statue has been described as "a goat-headed figure with horns, wings and a long beard, sitting in a pentagram-adorned throne with smiling children next to him."
As for as the group's description of Satan?
"Satan stands as the ultimate icon for the selfless revolt against tyranny, free and rational inquiry, and the responsible pursuit of happiness."
This is particularly noteworthy in light of the bible's own description of Satan. In the Old Testament book of Ezekiel, Satan's expulsion from heaven is explained in significant detail. Satan's downfall, according to the scriptures, had very little to do with "selflessness" and everything to do with pride and selfishness. Beginning with verse 13 of Chapter 28:
"You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone adorned you: carnelian, chrysolite and emerald, topaz, onyx and jasper, lapis lazuli, turquoise and beryl. Your settings and mountings were made of gold; on the day you were created they were prepared. You were anointed as a guardian cherub, for so I ordained you. You were on the holy mount of God; you walked among the fiery stones. You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created till wickedness was found in you. Your heart became proud on account of your beauty, and you corrupted your wisdom because of your splendor. So I threw you to the earth; I made a spectacle of you before kings. By your many sins and dishonest trade you have desecrated your sanctuaries."