statue honoring Satanic statue proposed for OKCSatan – a constitutional stretch?

Charlie Butts   ( Tuesday, January 14, 2014 

While Satanists continue to push for a monument to the Prince of Darkness on the state capitol grounds in Oklahoma City, Christian spokesmen are voicing their opposition.

In 2012, Oklahoma authorized construction of a Ten Commandments monument on the grounds using private financing. Then the Satanic Temple of New York filed an application for a monument dedicated to Satan to be placed near it. The initial plans call for a goat-headed creature with places for children to sit.

Liberty Counsel founder Mat Staver reacts: “This is absolutely ridiculous. This shows the absurdity of those who are opposed to our Judeo-Christian values. To have a statue or a monument dedicated to Satan where children are invited to sit in Satan’s lap is absolutely over the top.”

The president of the American Family Association, Tim Wildmon, joined in yesterday: “Comparing the reasoning for displaying the Ten Commandments to the whims of Satan revelers is not logical. They have one goal – and that is to have the Ten Commandments removed from the public square. That’s really what this is all about.”

Staver agrees, saying the two-ton monument was placed on capitol grounds for obvious reasons.

“[The Commandments] played a significant influencing and shaping role in American law and government,” he explains. “It was part of the very foundation of Western values that was brought here to this country by our forefathers. This Ten Commandments is very much a part of America.”

OneNewsNow columnist Bryan Fischer argued in an article last week that the controversy demands a discussion about the meaning of the word “religion” in the First Amendment.

“… If by religion the Founders [of America] meant ‘any system of belief in a supernatural power,’ it’s hard to see how the Satanists can be denied,” Fischer writes. “But if by religion [they] meant ‘Christianity’ and its various denominations, then the answer to this problem is quite simple.”

It’s unclear if the Satanists are serious about their proposed seven-foot sculpture of the demon god Baphomet, or just using it to draw publicity. The Satanic Temple of New York has raised over $20,000 for the monument.

In a related item, New Jersey-based American Atheists filed a lawsuit on Monday to have the Ten Commandments monument removed from government land.

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