They needed to raise $20,000 to have the seven feet tall, bronze statue of Baphomet built. They got $30,000, and the sculpture of Old Scratch is nearing completion, as promised by the Satanic Temple of New York. In short order, it’s the goal of the Satanists to see that the ghoulish fiend, and his two child-minions, staring up at him adoringly, be placed in close proximity to the Ten Commandments monument at the state capital in Oklahoma.
As reported by Vice:
The statue is a direct response to the state’s installation of a Ten Commandments monument outside the Capitol in 2012. State Representative Mike Ritze paid for the controversial statue with his own money, and therefore it was considered a donation and OK to place on government property. Following that line of reasoning, the Satanic Temple submitted a formal application for their monument.
As we have stated before here at Carpe Absurdum, with regard to this matter, this is a separation of church and state issue. Let us take a moment to appreciate how incredibly forward-looking and progressive our founding fathers indeed were. Government is prohibited from sponsoring any one religion over another, which helps to stave off tyranny, and insures and preserves freedom of thought and expression.
Though many in Oklahoma claim to be “strict constitutionalists”, it is our belief that the founding fathers were a lot smarter than anyone of them. Intellectually speaking, the founding fathers are not even on a nodding basis with your average Oklahoma state legislator.
In a state where intellect and critical thinking is routinely substituted with prejudice, dogma, and rigid ideology, strange, wicked things are bound to happen. Enter Satan.
Might the good citizens of Oklahoma take this as a teachable moment with which to open their eyes, and widen their vision and understanding?
We’re holding our breath … holding our breath … turning purple … Thud!
“Regardless of what happens at the statehouse, the [Satanic] Temple is charging ahead with the monument,” reports Vice. “And if it doesn’t end up in Oklahoma City and the Ten Commandments are forced to be removed, the Satanists will try to find a home for the Baphomet in another deserving state. Texas, for instance, has had a monument of the Ten Commandments sitting on its capitol grounds for 40 years.”
Maybe they can use our mock up in Austin?
In any event, we here at Team Absurdum would rather have a monument to The Dude in Oklahoma.