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Unless one's been in deep contemplative prayer at an über-cloistered nunnery, or far in the woods torturing small animals to honor your Dark Lord and Master, just about everyone knows that the New York City-based Satanic Temple is offering to spring for a rather large statue of Old Scratch (or a goat-headed Baphomet, as the case may be) to be erected on the grounds of the Oklahoma state Capitol to "complement and contrast" the 2012 erected monument of the Ten Commandments, as reported by The Advocate of Baton Rouge, LA on Jan. 12, 2014.

The New Normal...

In the recent history of this particular republic there's been talk, as well as some very solid moves, to mainstream Satanism into the American landscape.

Everything from the Armed Forces commissioning Satanic clergy to the Chaplain's Corps, to the younger generation spending millions of dollars on music that leaves little to the theological imagination.

Case in point, a Rap group known to the world as Three 6 Mafia entertains us with:

I'm on a cross Lucifer please cut me free (cut me free)

I'll draw your portrait if you pull these nails out my feet (nails out my feet)

My cross turns upside down

No Lord could stop us now

Cause the demons reborn again

Follow me into the trees

Watch me rob Adam

And watch me rape Eve

The Singing Nun, they ain't.

In the spirit of cultural diversity it should also be noted that Death Metal's (aka: "Black Metal" and "Satanic Metal") contribution to the societal acceptance of Beelzebub, I give to you War's moving rendition of their rather straightforward titled ditty "Satan" (self-censored):

I worship you

I obey you

I kill for you

I die for you

Father Satan

Take my Soul

Satan, Satan

The christians dogs are gathered

They will all die tonight

We'll punish them for Satan

They will all fu*king die

I worship you

I obey you

I kill for you

I die for you

Father Satan

Take my Soul

Satan, Satan

Satan, Satan

From a secular perspective...

If and when Satanism ever garners cultural acceptance is irrelevant.

What is relevant is that it makes perfect secular sense to commemorate the 10 Commandments not only at the Oklahoma seat of government, but at the seats of government at every level in this nation.

Going all the way back to the Founding Fathers, it's been widely accepted that our Constitution is based directly on English Common Law.

Not exactly known as a hot-bed to conservative thought, the UC Berkeley School of Law cites (emphasis added):

Medieval scholars of Catholic church law, or canon law, were also influenced by Roman law scholarship as they compiled existing religious legal sources into their own comprehensive system of law and governance for the Church, an institution central to medieval culture, politics, and higher learning.

By the late Middle Ages, these two laws, civil and canon, were taught at most universities and formed the basis of a shared body of legal thought common to most of Europe.

Those "existing religious legal sources" cited just happen to go by another phrase – the 10 Commandments.

Show some respect to your grandparents...

Acceptable in some non-Western legal systems, there's a reason why it's widely illegal in the West to kill someone on the spot if you're of the opinion they've somehow offend or dishonored you. Thank the 10 Commandments.

Agree, disagree or ambivalent to the notion of God, there is simply no arguing against the fact that the basis for our Constitutional laws against perjury, burglary, conspiracy and of course, murder, all originate from that particular set of Mosaic Laws.

Even the intellectually honest atheists agree that our supreme civil laws may not have sprung directly from the loins of those famed stone tablets, but they are at least the grandchildren thereof.

But back to the argument of the Satanists, why can't their statue be erected to "complement and contrast" the 10 Commandments?

Quite simple – they haven't contributed anything to our legal system.

Well, they do advocate certain acts a DA would salivate over.

Not affiliated with the Satanic Temple, some examples from the Church of Satan website of their particular catechism:

  • If a guest in your lair annoys you, treat him cruelly and without mercy.
  • When walking in open territory, bother no one. If someone bothers you, ask him to stop. If he does not stop, destroy him.

Though not even flirting with the illegal, the Satanic Temple's site certainly could prompt a casual reader to come to the assumption they're ambiguous at best to the notion of moral or criminal absolutes.

Examples include:

  • Satanism is an evolving religion, unfettered by arcane doctrines born of fearful minds in darkened times.
  • The struggle for justice is an ongoing and necessary pursuit that should prevail over laws and institutions.
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