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The Satanic Temple, a group represented by the ACLU, wants to place on the Statehouse lawn in Oklahoma City a bronze monument featuring Baphomet, a symbol of The Church of Satan. The Satanic Temple group doesn't like it that, on the Oklahoma Statehouse lawn, there is a monument of the Ten Commandments so they want to put their monument right next to it. Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin's spokesman, Alex Weintz, told Fox News, "There will never be a satanic monument on the grounds of the Oklahoma State Capitol and the suggestion that there might be is absurd." As might be anticipated, the courts will have to weigh in on this matter along with all of the other attacks from the emboldened people of recent years who do not like hearing or seeing anything regarding God.

Lucien Graves, spokesman for the Satanic Temple, stated that they were “really coming along fast” and had raised $20,000 for this project. Baphomet has features including the head of a goat, two angelic wings, a raised right arm and left arm down symbolizing the Hierophant (as if to bless, with two fingers pointing skyward and two pointing down as if to form a bridge between Heaven and Earth), and hooves sticking out below its robe. Baphomet is thought to be a demon and was first named in writings dating back to 1098, but also which for several hundred years, at least, represents Satan.

The monument has a pentagram in the background and two smiling children in the foreground standing and looking up to Baphomet. Also visible on the figure of their monument is a caduceus in the place of phallus emerging from under the robe, which is right in front of the two standing children. The robed figure, however, has hidden other features of Baphomet which represent male and female, including female breasts; if that had been featured on this statue it would have been even more shocking. Even with this ghastly symbolism, this monument is designed to give the appearance of Baphomet being admired and revered by these children. Just as the deceiving robe allows for hiding some of the shocking features of this demon, the monument is deceptive also with the blatant usage of children. If The Satanic Temple wanted to be truthful about Satanists, they should have placed an altar in front of the demon to symbolize their ritualistic sexual abuse, torture, and murder of children as sacrifices.

The Oklahoma chapter of the ACLU has already filed suit against the state for placing the Ten Commandments monument and thinks there should be no monuments to anything religious on state property. Quoted on FoxNews.com, Brady Henderson, Oklahoma ACLU's legal director, stated, “We don’t think the state should place religious artifacts on state property unless the people of the entire state agree with its message. One of the concerns is that even if you allow all faiths to place something in a public area, it quickly becomes a farce.” He pointed out that when Florida recently allowed for other religious expression near a manger scene, “What happened is that you had someone placing a festivus pole made out of beer cans and one group placing a pile of spaghetti on top of a chair. So these types of things do nothing to uplift people’s faiths and beliefs. There’s nothing served by belittling them.” What Mr. Henderson should consider is the federal holiday of Christmas is about the birth of Jesus Christ and it is not about anything else. Even considering allowing the side show like happened in Florida is ludicrous. Allowing a manger scene, which depicts what the Christmas holiday actually represents, to be shared by other unrelated displays makes no logical sense.

The Ten Commandments is a logical display to be on the lawn of Oklahoma Statehouse and other displays should not be allowed. This monument does not represent the establishment of a state religion any more than it does above the east entrance to the Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C.; Moses is sculpted there along with two tablets, inspired by the Ten Commandments. The Oklahoma Statehouse is displaying the truth about our laws being based upon Judeo-Christian concepts; no knowledgeable person can deny that fact.

Putting a monument depicting a demon next to the Ten Commandments is just another move by those who do not want to acknowledge God, or hate God. If their illogical approach to trying to get this monument placed succeeds, then the ACLU may want to also consider filing suit in Washington, D.C., regarding the monument of Martin Luther King, who was a Christian preacher. If a group wanted the right to have a monument extolling the Ku Klux Klan next the Martin Luther King statue, because they objected to King's representing Christian faith, then they could use this same approach. Most would recognize such a blatant and disrespectful attempt for what it was and not for what it claimed to be. It should be the same for the Oklahoma Statehouse Ten Commandments monument. Of America's fifty -five founders of the Constitution, fifty-two were members of established orthodox churches in the colonies. The chaplaincy of the U.S. Senate has been in place since 1789. There are Bible verses etched in stone on buildings and monuments all over our nation's capital. It is truly a very significant part of our history; can the adherents of Satanism claim the same? I think not. Atheists and Satanists need to get over it – there was a very strong influence of the Ten Commandments upon our nation's founding fathers, and the laws and institutions they founded, from the start and this display simply acknowledges that fact.

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