"Hail Baphomet" OKC Satanist seek to raise monument on Capitol

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Group Unveils Satan Statue Design for Oklahoma

By Sean Murphy | Associated Press

010613_Satanic_monument_600A satanic group unveiled designs Monday for a 7-foot-tall statue of Satan it wants to put at the Oklahoma state Capitol, where a Ten Commandments monument was placed in 2012.

The New York-based Satanic Temple formally submitted its application to a panel that oversees the Capitol grounds, including an artist’s rendering that depicts Satan as Baphomet, a goat-headed figure with horns, wings and a long beard that’s often used as a symbol of the occult. In the rendering, Satan is sitting in a pentagram-adorned throne with smiling children next to him.

“The monument has been designed to reflect the views of Satanists in Oklahoma City and beyond,” temple spokesman Lucien Greaves said in a statement. “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 Satanic Temple maintains that the Oklahoma Legislature’s decision to authorize a privately funded Ten Commandments monument at the Capitol opened the door for its statue. The Ten Commandments monument was placed on the north steps of the building in 2012, and the Oklahoma chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has sued to have it removed.

Similar requests for monuments have been made by a Hindu leader in Nevada, an animal rights group and the satirical Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

In response, the Oklahoma Capitol Preservation Commission recently placed a moratorium on considering any new requests.

“Anybody can still make their request, but we’ll hold off on considering them until the lawsuit is adjudicated,” commission Chairman Trait Thompson said.

The push by the Satanic Temple has rankled elected leaders in this conservative state known as the buckle of the Bible Belt, who say such a proposal would never be approved by the commission.

“I think you’ve got to remember where you are. This is Oklahoma, the middle of the heartland,” said Rep. Don Armes, R-Faxon. “I think we need to be tolerant of people who think different than us, but this is Oklahoma, and that’s not going to fly here.”

While Greaves acknowledges the Satanic Temple’s effort is in part to highlight what it says is hypocrisy of state leaders in Oklahoma, he says the group is serious about having a monument placed there.

The group already has raised nearly half of the $20,000 it says it needs to build the monument.

“We plan on moving forward one way or another,” Greaves said.

Another Oklahoma legislator, Rep. Earl Sears, called the group’s effort “an insult to the good people of the state.”

“I do not see Satanism as a religion, and they have no place at the state Capitol,” said Sears, R-Bartlesville.

On its website, the Satanic Temple explains that it “seeks to separate Religion from Superstition by acknowledging religious belief as a metaphorical framework with which we construct a narrative context for our goals and works.

“Satan stands as the ultimate icon for the selfless revolt against tyranny, free & rational inquiry, and the responsible pursuit of happiness,” the website says.

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5 Comments on “"Hail Baphomet" OKC Satanist seek to raise monument on Capitol”

  1. Jo Jo 38

    You know this was a serious matter that was being discussed on live TV, and I think the joke was thrown in to make light of the truth. I believe this is why you have to believe in the Bible, God the father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit for yourself. Many times I could be having a great day and then next thing you know a disturbing thought will come across my mind that wasn’t there before. And I for one one know that isn’t what I was thinking. So as a true believer in the Word of God I can say without a shadow of a doubt that there are outside forces that can come against you and try to make a mess of things (thoughts, words and actions). I talk my kids about the devices of the enemy all the time and how to defeat the wiles of the enemy because they do come and are very real. The word says be not ignorant of satan and who he is and what he does, why because he is real. I like what Sherry said, whether the percentage of pple in America is high or low, it is still up to the individual to believe that if God talks about him and to him then he is definitely a evil force to be reckoned with. Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not to your own understanding. Mans understanding of the supernatural is limited…….Thanks EX Ministries, we are praying you continue to spread God’s truth to who ever will listen, by faith!

  2. Tavaria

    When we allow others to take GOD’s Holy Word away, we leave place for the enemy to unleash his schemes on our precious children. Religous freedom? I think not. Lets protect our children by teaching them the word and ways of the Lord so that they will not be deceived.

  3. Tala

    Well there you have it , ONE percent of Americans believe according to the bible. It’s confirmation of what it actually says, that the road is narrow and few will find it. It’s a sad day in america where these things are taking place and because people can hide behind the veil of being “politically correct” these satanist will eventually have the right to erect their god. I read a lot of people’s post on these issues where they’re asking for Jesus to come now, but how many of us are REALLY ready for Him to come so soon? How many lives have we impacted for the Kingdom of God? Are we lifting Him up in our day to day lives so that He can draw men to him? Have we put in any effort to tell others about the goodness of the Lord and His saving grace? Personally I know I could do more. Although it sounds good for Jesus to come and get His followers TODAY, there are still souls to be won for the Kingdom. This country is in the condition that it’s in because believers have sat back far too long and called on Jesus to come and rescue us from this sinful world, rather than taking a stand against the evils that are running this country. We have to do better saints. All is not lost, there is still time therefore there is still hope to tell a dying world about a living SAVIOR!!

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