In The News: Satan In The O.K.C.

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Published on: 2014.01.10

(First, shouldn’t it be COOC? — “City of Oklahoma City” is the nonsensical official name. And second, isn’t cooc pronounced “kook“?)

In The News:
Group Unveils Satan Statue Design for Oklahoma (ABC News)
Proposed Satan monument heats up debate in Oklahoma (L.A. Times)
Come sit on Satan’s lap with proposed Oklahoma statue (Washington Post)

So yes, one group of self-titled Satanists has proposed a monument to sit at the Oklahoma Capitol building in Oklahoma City. For well-explained reasons, the actual Church of Satan disagrees. Magus Peter H. Gilmore called the design “revolting” and concluded: “”It occurs to me that the efforts by the perpetrators of this proposal may be intended as a means for making Satanism appear foolish and just as dysfunctional and irrational as we secularists view most other religions to be.”

A commenter on the Washington Post blog bleated: “This is going to make Oklahoma a laughing stock. Oh, wait.”

Honestly, I just think it’s a petulant response to Oklahoma’s decision to permit the Ten Commandments monument on the Capitol grounds in 2012. According to the AP: “The Satanic Temple maintains that the Oklahoma Legislature’s decision to authorize a privately funded Ten Commandments monument at the Capitol opened the door for its statue.”

Ryan Kiesel, June 2007,
When he was a State Rep.
(Copyright © 2007 by Wil C. Fry.)

Currently, the Oklahoma chapter of the ACLU is suing to have the former removed. The chapter’s executive director, Ryan Kiesel (a fifth-generation Seminole resident), said: “The monument’s placement at the Capitol has created a more divisive and hostile state for many Oklahomans. When the government literally puts one faith on a pedestal, it sends a strong message to Oklahomans of other faiths that they are less than equal.”

He went on, sensibly: “We aim to ensure the freedom of future generations of Oklahomans to make their own decisions about faith remains intact and free from political interference. Whether you choose to believe in a god, a creed, a code, or simply to believe in yourself, your choice should be your own, not coerced or influenced by what the government wants you to believe.”

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