In what sounds like a bad joke is actually very real – Satanists are trying to erect a monument to stand next to the ten commandments monument on Oklahoma City’s capitol grounds. Using modern fundraising technology, The SatanicTemple has already surpassed their goal of raising $20,000 on the Indiegogo website to build the monument. As of today, $24,088 has been raised by 926 funders with still 9 days left to go on the campaign.
“We, The Satanic Temple, an established New York City-based religious organization, seek to donate a public monument to Oklahoma’s Capitol Preservation Commission for display upon Oklahoma City’s capitol grounds. As an “homage” to Satan, the purpose of the monument is to complement and contrast the Ten Commandments monument that already resides on the North side of the building.”
Plans of the 7-foot tall statue were leaked to the press on Monday as plans were sent to the Oklahoma Capitol Preservation Commission. The plan features the pentacle above the baphomet – a goat-headed, male/female creature usually associated with the Satanic church and two children who look on.
The project took wings after the ACLU filed a suit in August of last year stating that the Ten Commandments monument, built in 2009, “stands alone, with no other monuments or memorials in the immediate vicinity” and sends a “self-evidently exclusive religious message that supports and endorses the faiths and creeds of some churches and sects.”
On the Satanic Temple’s website they state that by being allowed to place their monument “within the proximity” of the Ten Commandments monument, they can appease the ACLU’s concerns. How nice of them.
The organization also states on Indiegogo: “By accepting our offer, the good people of Oklahoma City will have the opportunity to show that they espouse the basic freedoms spelled out in the Constitution. We imagine that the ACLU will also embrace such a response. Allowing us to donate a monument would show that the Oklahoma City Council does not discriminate, and both the religious and non-religious should be happy with such an outcome. Our mission is to bring people together by finding common sentiments that create solutions that everyone can appreciate and enjoy. We are keenly attune to the need for a public-friendly design and plan is to make our monument an object of play for young children. The Satanic Temple is accepting donations toward the production and placement of this historic and important monument to religious diversity.”
According to Charisma News, the commission has no deadline for approving or rejecting the application, and the panel imposed a moratorium on new displays last month after receiving a Hindu group’s application for a monument. Stay tuned.