The New York-based Satanic Temple wants to build a monument to Satan, and place it next to a display of the Ten Commandments on the grounds of the Oklahoma State Capitol, according to multiple media reports today. ABC News and other media outlets are reporting that the monument may include an "interactive display" for children.
Lucien Greaves, a spokesman for the Satanic Temple told ABC he doesn't want to give too many details about plans for the monument to evil, but said his personal “favorite design, at the moment, is an interactive display for children.”
The proposal for the monument came about after Oklahoma conservatives erected a monument to the Ten Commandments on Capitol grounds. In 2009, the Republican-controlled Oklahoma Legislature passed legislation that would allow the privately funded Ten Commandments monument to be built. In doing so, they possibly set a precedent that would alllow other religous groups to build monuments on the site.
Greaves said he has no problem with the Ten Commandments monument, as long as other groups are allowed to build their own.
“I feel that the statue is only problematic when it stands alone,” Greaves told ABC. “It would change the dynamic with our monument there. We aren’t objecting to the Ten Commandments monument, we’re objecting to the monument standing alone.”
Greaves gives credit for helping satanists spread their message to Republican state Rep. Mike Ritze, who helped push the bill that led to the Ten Commandments monument.
“He’s [Ritze] helping a satanic agenda grow more than any of us possibly could,” Greaves said to the Associated Press, adding, “You don’t walk around and see too many satanic temples around, but when you open the door to public spaces for us, that’s when you’re going to see us.”
But Oklahoma leaders see it differently. A report on the WNYT website says the Oklahoma Capitol Preservation Commission would have to approve such plans.
Capitol architect Duane Mass, who serves on the commission, told WNYT, "That’s Oklahoma’s house. It’s not the Satanic club of New York’s house."