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First Look At The New Satanic Monument Being Created For Oklahoma Capitol
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The Satanic Temple Satan Monument design for Oklahoma Capitol

Remember the Satanic Monument that a Satanist group proposed for the Oklahoma State Capitol grounds? Well, whether Oklahoma wants it or not, it’s being created right now.

Back in January, The Satanic Temple, a New York-based religious organization, used Indiegogo to successfully fund the creation of their proposed Satanic monument, which they hope will be erected at the statehouse to “complement and contrast the 10 Commandments monument that resides there now.”

While it appears that Oklahoma doesn’t want the monument — which features a 7-foot-tall rendering of Baphomet, the goat-headed winged Satanic deity, sitting cross-legged on a throne under a pentagram with a child on both sides of him — The Satanic Temple is putting their donations to good use. According to Vice, the group has hired an artist trained in classical sculpture, who is currently working on the the monument, which, when completed, will then be cast in bronze.

Vice reporter Jonathan Smith got a look at the statue in progress and posted some photos of it, some of which you can see here below.

The Satanic Temple had the idea to have a statue of their own design erected at the Oklahoma Capitol after a religious Ten Commandants monument was installed there in 2012, sparking protests from the local chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. While The Satanic Temple submitted an application with their a design proposal for a Baphomet statue and has far-surpassed their funding goal, the Preservation Commission, the decision-makers in this case, recently voted to place a moratorium on considering further new statue requests until the aforementioned ACLU lawsuit is decided upon. That means, the Satanists on still on hold at this point.

It will come as a shocker to no one that Oklahoma lawmakers don’t like the idea of having a monument donated by a Satanic group adorning the lawn of their Capitol building, even if it will provide more public seating (Baphomet’s lap is meant to serve as a seat for visitors). Oklahoma Rep. Earl Sears called The Satanic Temple’s request to erect their monument in his state “an insult to the good people of the state,” according to the AP. “I do not see Satanism as a religion, and they have no place at the state Capitol,” said the Republican House member.

The Satanists beg to differ. Here’s their mission statement:

The mission of The Satanic Temple is to encourage benevolence and empathy among all people. In addition, we embrace practical common sense and justice. As Satanists we all should be guided by our conscience to undertake noble pursuits guided by our individual wills. We believe that this is the hope of all mankind and the highest aspiration of humanity.

As an organized religion, we feel it is our function to actively provide outreach, to lead by example, and to participate public affairs wheresoever the issues might benefit from rational, Satanic insights.

They sound like nice folk. I have a feeling it will be a long time before we find out where this statue is going. In the meantime, if you want some Satanic Temple merch, visit their website, where you can also donate $666 to them to get your name on the statue! For $100,000, they’ll even make you your own statue.

And be sure to head over to http://www.vice.com/read/heres-the-first-look-at-the-new-satanic-monument-being-built-for-oklahomas-statehouse” target=”_blank”>Vice to see a few more photos of the monument in progress.

The Satanic Temple Satan Monument for Oklahoma Capitol in progress. Photo by Jonathan Smith for Vice

[The Satanic Temple Satan Monument for Oklahoma Capitol in progress.
Photo by Jonathan Smith for Vice.]

The Satanic Temple Satan Monument for Oklahoma Capitol in progress. Photo by Jonathan Smith for Vice

[The Satanic Temple Satan Monument for Oklahoma Capitol in progress.
Photo by Jonathan Smith for Vice.]

[Source: Vice via BlendOver]

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