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Satanists Want A Monument In Oklahoma Alongside 10 Commandments

The devil-worshippers propose "an interactive display for children." (Some stuff you can't make up.)

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Chris Queen

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December 9, 2013 - 12:00 pm

Satan goes after the Ten Commandments

Jews and Christians have this crazy tendency to make themselves lighting rods for criticism and attack when they make their beliefs public. People really take offense to dangerous values like “Don’t murder” and “Don’t steal.” From militant atheists clamping down on anything related to Christmas and Hanukkah to leftists developing Kwanzaa as an alternative to the Judeo-Christian holidays to the seemingly endless lawsuits surrounding displays of the Ten Commandments, the Left never tires of making a reality of Jesus’ warning that the world would hate His followers.

These days, the Satanists have decided to take a different approach – if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. In Oklahoma, where the legislature has erected a Ten Commandments monument, a group of Satanists (based in New York, naturally) have expressed their desire to put up their own monument next to it.

It notified the state’s Capitol Preservation Commission that it wants to donate a monument and plans to submit one of several possible designs this month, said Lucien Greaves, a spokesman for the temple.

“We believe that all monuments should be in good taste and consistent with community standards,” Greaves wrote in letter to state officials. “Our proposed monument, as an homage to the historic/literary Satan, will certainly abide by these guidelines.”

Greaves said one potential design involves a pentagram, a satanic symbol, while another is meant to be an interactive display for children. He said he expects the monument, if approved by Oklahoma officials, would cost about $20,000.

I don’t see why Oklahoma officials wouldn’t approve an interactive display for children on the, um, values of Satanism, would you? Greaves – whose name sounds like a Satanist’s name if anyone’s does – believes that the monument would help spread the word about the Prince of Darkness.

You don’t walk around and see too many satanic temples around, but when you open the door to public spaces for us, that’s when you’re going to see us.

As expected, the Oklahoma ACLU has jumped into the fray. Its director, Brady Henderson, weighed in:

…if the Ten Commandments, with its overtly Christian message, is allowed to stay at the Capitol, the Satanic Temple’s proposed monument cannot be rejected because of its different religious viewpoint.

What values would the monument promote? What would the slogan be: “The Devil Made Me Do It”? What do you think? Is the controversy all a bunch of nothing, or do the Satanists have a beef? Feel free to share your opinions in the comments below. All I know is that some stories are too bizarre not to be made up. This is one of them.

All Chris Queen wanted to be growing up was a game show host, a weather man, or James Bond. But his writing talent won out. By day, Chris is a somewhat mild-mannered church communications director, but by night, he keeps his finger on the pulse of pop culture and writes about it. In addition to his Disney obsession (as evidenced by his posts on this website), Chris's interests include college sports -- especially his beloved Georgia Bulldogs -- and a wide variety of music. A native of Marietta, GA, Chris moved with his family as a child to nearby Covington, GA, where he still makes his home. He is an active charter member of Eastridge Community Church and enjoys spending time with family and friends. In addition to his work at PJ Media, Chris spent nearly a year as a contributor to NewsReal Blog. He has also written for Celebrations Magazine and two newspapers in Metro Atlanta. Check out his website, www.chrisqueen.net.

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For somewhat odd reasons, I think we *should* allow the Satanists to put up a monument. In fact, I think we ought to encourage them to provide a bullet-point summary of what they actually believe on their monument, since truth is stranger than fiction. Here's a post I saw elsewhere on this same subject recently:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3099637/posts?q=1&;page=56

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Actually, the Satanists do have “commandments” and scriptures of their own, though I should point out that Anton Szandor LaVey (whose daughter claims to have struck him down magically with a death curse) no more speaks for all Satanists than Pope Francis speaks for all Christians. I think we should definitely encourage Satanists to put what they really believe on display for everyone to see. Try these on for size:

1. Satan represents indulgence instead of abstinence!
2. Satan represents vital existence instead of spiritual pipe dreams!
3. Satan represents undefiled wisdom instead of hypocritical self-deceit!
4. Satan represents kindness to those who deserve it instead of love wasted on ingrates!
5. Satan represents vengeance instead of turning the other cheek!
6. Satan represents responsibility to the responsible instead of concern for psychic vampires!
7. Satan represents man as just another animal, sometimes better, more often worse than those that walk on all-fours, who, because of his “divine spiritual and intellectual development,” has become the most vicious animal of all!
8. Satan represents all of the so-called sins, as they all lead to physical, mental, or emotional gratification!
9. Satan has been the best friend the Church has ever had, as He has kept it in business all these years!

[Source: http://www.churchofsatan.com/nine-satanic-statements.php]

This all dovetails pretty effectively with what leftists practice and preach, wouldn’t you agree? I think we should indeed allow, even encourage the Satanists to put their religious monuments up next to ours, and watch the bigoted atheists in the Anti-Christian Litigation Union go insane at having their bluff called. Food sacrificed to worthless idols never hurt anybody, and neither will monuments to that worthless loser Satan and his greedy, rapacious, murderous megalomaniacal followers.

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The only thing Satan represents is lack of accountability.
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Also, while the poster refers to the 9 Satanic Statements, I think the 11 Satanic Rules are closer to being like commandments:

http://www.churchofsatan.com/eleven-rules-of-earth.php

These, incidentally, are no more universally considered canonical than those 9 statements or anything else LaVey wrote; the various branches of Satanism don't get along with each other very well, actually. Still, if you really want to know what kinds of beliefs they might put on their monuments, that's a few potential examples right there.
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I'd be asking them when Satan ever gave out any world-wide historic sets of law and if that is in any of their proposed designs. Then I would point them at the frieze on the SCOTUS's own building and tell them they are welcome to submit a monument design based on any of the other historic law-givers depicted along with Moses. Finish it with "We are eagerly awaiting your monument dedicated to Hammurabi" or something similar.
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I think majority should rule. Obviously there are enough Christians in OK to support this. If they can get as many satanists in the city to support their monument, then OK. Better yet, put it on the ballot.
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