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Satanists Aim to Build Monument for Oklahoma Capitol Next to the Ten Commandments

The Satanic Temple submitted plans for a monument to be erected at the Capitol in Oklahoma City next to their large statue of the Ten Commandments. According to The Christian Post, the satanist sculpture will feature the satanist’s star symbol and a 7-foot tall goat-headed creature as Satan flanked by two smiling children.

As of Friday morning, the Satanic Temple had already raised more than $24,000 to fund the process of sculpting their monument to Satan. 

The process began last month when the organization sent a letter to Oklahoma government officials requesting to erect the sculpture on the Capitol grounds. Lucien Greaves, spokesperson for the Satanic Temple, told CP that “our monument is explicitly meant to complement and contrast the Ten Commandments monument. While it may be best if religious monuments are left off of state property, when the situation arises that the state breaks down the separation of church and state, it is best that a multiplicity of religious voices are represented, rather than allowing one group to apparently co-opt the power and authority of the capitol.”

Republican state Rep. Don Armes affirmed his belief that a satanic sculpture isn’t going to be erected at the state’s capitol. “I think you’ve got to remember where you are. This is Oklahoma, the middle of the heartland,” Armes asserted. “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.”