If Satan worshippers have their way, a statue, much like that of Abraham Lincoln at Washington’s Lincoln Memorial, could find its way to the Oklahoma State Capitol. However, there are a few differences, the most apparent being that the sculpture is not of a US President, but that of Baphomet, a goat-headed figure revered by Satanists.
“The statue will serve as a beacon calling for compassion and empathy among all living creatures,” said spokesman Lucian Greaves. “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.”
A group which calls itself the ‘Satanic Temple’ has applied for the monument and they believe that much like the Ten Commandments installed last year, their structure deserves a place at the Oklahoma State Capitol.
According to their application, the proposed monument features a large pentagram and a 7-foot tall Baphomet that sits cross-legged, flanked by a child on both sides.
"Either way you cut it, this is a First Amendment issue," Greaves said. "Once they open that door, they can't discriminate."
This begs the question: why Oklahoma?
"We needed locals who were members in a town, people who were willing to sign affidavits and use their address on the documentation," the spokesman said. "People to say they're members of the Temple and living in that town. Otherwise it would be encroachment by New Yorkers on the people of Oklahoma."
He boasted that the Satanic Temple had a fairly large following in the state.
Greaves described Satanism as a “fundamental component at the Genesis of American Liberty.”
He pointed that one of the fundamental components of the Genesis of American Liberty was Satanism.
“Medieval witch-hunts taught us to adopt presumption of innocence, secular law, and a more substantive burden of proof,” he said.
“Today, we are rightly offended by the notion of blasphemy laws and divine fiats. Acknowledging wrongful persecutions has helped shape the legal system that preserves the sovereignty of our skeptics, heretics, and the misunderstood. It has shaped a proud culture of tolerance and free inquiry. This is to be a historical marker commemorating the scapegoats, the marginalized, the demonized minority, and the unjustly outcast.”
However, it seems a little unlikely that the Temple’s application will be accepted. Oklahoma lawmakers have declared that Satanists should not be allowed to construct a monument of their own.
One of the reasons could be that while there are a few Satan worshippers in Oklahoma, the majority of the population doesn’t share their love for Lucifer.