In a devilish demand that is sure to raise eyebrows, the New York based group called the Temple of Satan wants a statue representing its god Lucifer to be placed next to the monument of the Ten Commandments on the state capitol grounds in Oklahoma.http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/12/09/satanists-we-want-a-monument-in-oklahoma/?iref=allsearch
In a test that could stretch the First Amendment of the United States Constitution to the maximum, the government could be in a quandary since it is not allowed to show favoritism towards one religion over another. The American Civil Liberties Union may well represent the interests of the Satanists in their quest to have a monument to honor the prince of darkness.
In a news article released by CNN Co-Belief Editor Daniel Burke published Monday, December 9th, Brady Henderson who is the legal director of the American Civil Liberty Union’s Oklahoma chapter declared,
“We felt like the Satanic Temple has a very strong argument to say that if the state allows one religious monument, you have to allow others.”
Actually, the Ten Commandments represent the morals and values of the Christians, Jews, and Muslims while Lucifer represents the opposition towards those ideals. There is really no ownership of the Ten Commandments to any one religion while the Satanists are limited by what is represented.
Allowing an adversarial memorial in a position next to a monument as the Ten Commandments would be tantamount to putting a monument to the Nazis next to the Holocaust memorial in Washington DC. There are far more complexities in putting up a monument that undermines the values instituted by the framers of our country that are based on God.
With the establishment of America by the Puritans and Pilgrims, the numerous prayers of presidents, and Congress, and the traditional recognition given to God from our military from Judeo-Christians efforts, it seems very disingenuous that recognition to Lucifer would be even considered to be on the same par as recognition to God by the Ten Commandments. By far you just don’t see the master of evil being credited towards anything of socially redeeming value.
Nevertheless in this age of tolerance and inclusiveness, people as Christians, Jews, and Muslims are expected to set aside their standards and values and accept the very thing that insults their existence. Those believing including a monument to the Satanists’ hero does not denigrate the very foundation of the belief system to the Christians, Jews and Muslims are either foolish, ignorant, or hateful themselves.
There is a huge difference from allowing observances of a religious expression and doing something that is designed to irritate and annoy different perspectives. One of the core issues of our US Constitution is you are allowed to do as you please as long as it does not interfere with the rights of another. This concept has been violated with issues as abortion and by infuriating the vast majority in order to make a handful of people happy.
Oklahoma state Representative Bob Cleveland articulated his disapproval of the Satanist’s proposed statue by stating an issue that many times is ignored. Cleveland stated,
“I believe the only monuments that reflect Oklahoma values should be allowed on capitol the capitol grounds.”
For the record Oklahoma legislators voted to erect the Ten Commandments and should any other observances be approved, then it should be by the same process and not by the demands of a vocal minority not even located in Oklahoma.
Try obtaining majority support first and not merely make demands that have poor backing from the public.