The Satanic Temple is wanting to donate a public monument to Oklahoma's Capitol Preservation Commission to "complement and contrast the Ten Commandments monument that already resides" on the grounds.
The proposed statue will be a goat figure with children at its feet.
Rep. Paul Wesselhoft said, “I think they’re trying to get our goat and I’m not going to let them do that.”
Wesselhoft believes the monument to Satan won’t pass through the Capitol’s Preservation Committee.
“What will disqualify them has really nothing to do with Satan, as such. It’s that it has no historical significance for the State of Oklahoma,” said Rep. Wesselhoft. “The only reason why the Ten Commandments qualified is because at the Capitol, what we do is we make laws. We are lawmakers. Well, one of the earliest laws we have are the Ten Commandments. So therefore, it has historical significance.”
The Satanic Temple says its statue carries the same weight.
“It absolutely is of historical value. Of course, everybody knows that we didn’t invent the idea of Satanism, but the idea that the Ten Commandments has some premise in Constitutional Law, at no point in our history did Constitutional Law take seriously commandments such as, ‘Thou shall have no God before me’ or ‘ Thou shall not worship graven idols,” said Greaves. “Not only would a Satanic monument send a clear and distinct message that America respects plurality, freedom of religion, freedom of speech, but it would also stand as a historical marker, commemorating scapegoats, the marginalized and the demonized minority, the unjustly outcast.”
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