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January 7th, 2014
10:00 AM ET

Satanists unveil design for OK statehouse statue

By Daniel Burke, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

(CNN) - Satanists have unveiled their design for a proposed statue at the Oklahoma state Capitol, including a place for people to sit on the devil's lap "for inspiration and contemplation."

The New York-based Satanic Temple submitted its proposal to Oklahoma officials this month after applying for a spot on Capitol grounds late last year. The Satanists say their statue would "complement and contrast" with a Ten Commandments monument placed at the Capitol in Oklahoma City in 2012.

The Satanists' proposed monument depicts Baphomet, a goat-headed pagan idol sitting on a 7-foot-tall throne inscribed with an inverted pentagram. In an artist's rendering provided by the Satanic Temple, smiling children look adoringly at the devilish figure.

"The statue will serve as a beacon calling for compassion and empathy among all living creatures," Lucien Greaves, a spokesman for the Satanic Temple, said in a prepared statement. "The statue will also have a functional purpose as a chair where people of all ages may sit on the lap of Satan for inspiration and contemplation.”

According to its Indiegogo page, the Satanists have raised more than $16,000 toward their goal of $20,000 for the monument, which Greaves said would "be a historical marker commemorating the scapegoats, the marginalized, the demonized minority and the unjustly outcast.”

The Temple of Satan is less a religious body organized around rituals and regular meetings than a roving band of political provocateurs, according to Greaves. They believe Satan is a "literary construct," the spokesman said, not an actual being with horns and hooves.

READ MORE: Satanists want statue next to Ten Commandments

The proposed statue includes quotations from poets Lord Byron and William Blake.

“Prisons are built with stones of Law, Brothels with bricks of Religion” runs the Blake quotation. The 18th-century poet was a Christian, albeit one with a mystical bent and little use for traditional morality.

The statue's main figure, Baphomet, has long been associated with Satan, Greaves said. In the 12th century, the Knights Templar, a group of Christian crusaders, were accused of worshiping Baphomet in their secretive rituals.

"From the mythology created by these accusations against the Templars, we now have a symbol for Satan pictured as a goat-headed beast," Greaves said.

Since the 1960s, a variation of the horned goat head has been the official symbol of the Church of Satan, which is not affiliated with the Temple of Satan. The head of the Church of Satan has told CNN he does not approve of the idea of a Satanist statue on public grounds.

Oklahoma state Rep. Paul Wesselhoft told CNN that he doesn't think the Satanists' statue will be approved.

“What will disqualify them has really nothing to do with Satan as such; it's that it has no historical significance for the state of Oklahoma,” he said.

Trait Thompson, chairman of Oklahoma's Capitol Preservation Committee, said he has not received the Satanists' proposed design yet. He also said that no applications will be considered until a lawsuit over the Ten Commandments monument is settled.

The American Civil Liberties Union has sued over Oklahoma's Ten Commandments monument, calling it an unconstitutional government endorsement of religion.

After news broke of the Satanists' proposal, the state was flooded with requests from religious groups seeking to erect monuments to their own faith, including Hindus and Pastafarians, a satirical religion that "worships" the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

An Oklahoma lawmaker told CNN that the Satanists' message wouldn't fly in the Bible Belt state, where nearly two-thirds of the population is Christian.

"Any monument displayed on state property should reflect the values of Oklahoma or memorialize those who built or defended our freedom," Rep. Bob Cleveland said Tuesday. "In my opinion, this Satanist monument does not meet with the values of Oklahomans."

- CNN Religion Editor

Filed under: Belief • Church and state • Satanism

soundoff (3,489 Responses)
  1. Jason K

    Authored by American diplomat Joel Barlow in 1796, the following treaty was sent to the floor of the Senate, June 7, 1797, where it was read aloud in its entirety and unanimously approved. John Adams, having seen the treaty, signed it and proudly proclaimed it to the Nation.
    Art. 11. As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion; as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquillity, of Mussulmen; and, as the said States never entered into any war, or act of hostility against any Mahometan nation, it is declared by the parties, that no pretext arising from religious opinions, shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries.

    January 7, 2014 at 5:00 pm |
  2. Johnny

    My only question is this: Did you read even one sentence of the article?

    January 7, 2014 at 4:59 pm |
  3. igaftr

    Just one question...

    Are you done with that soap box yet?

    January 7, 2014 at 4:56 pm |
  4. cedar rapids

    why are you blaming the author of this article for the actions of the satanists?
    and why would satanists put up a statue of Mohammed?

    January 7, 2014 at 4:54 pm |
  5. Bill

    I am open minded on all issues but this type of expressions will turn me to a right wing crusader. This country is turning into a basket case with no end.

    January 7, 2014 at 4:53 pm |
    • ME II

      I agree, why do they want to put up Ten Commandment monuments in the first place. sheesh

      January 7, 2014 at 4:57 pm |
      • Capri

        LOL

        January 7, 2014 at 5:03 pm |
    • Madtown

      That doesn't sound the least bit open minded.

      January 7, 2014 at 4:57 pm |
      • 9hydra

        Well open minded, in the typical right-wing crusader sense. More fair and balanced, really.

        January 7, 2014 at 5:00 pm |
    • Oh really?

      Your response on this issue indictes what you just said is a lie. If they can put their monuments to their own faith in christianity up, why can't the satanists do the same thing?

      January 7, 2014 at 4:59 pm |
      • Ghostonefour

        Satanism isn't a religion, its a set of beliefs that counter everything Christian. They believe in no God (which seems absolutely necessary as a minimum requirement to be a religion), they say Christian prayers backwards, and cast curses, and play games with their bodies in churches in order to blaspheme a God they don't believe exists. They are not a religion, they are Bigots.

        January 7, 2014 at 5:05 pm |
        • Sungrazer

          I would call them satirists.

          January 7, 2014 at 5:14 pm |
        • cedar rapids

          'they say Christian prayers backwards, and cast curses, and play games with their bodies in churches in order to blaspheme a God they don't believe exists.'

          actually they dont do those things. certainly this group doesnt.

          January 7, 2014 at 5:29 pm |
    • Charm Quark

      Bill
      You did not seem to notice the hypocrisy in you statement before you posted it on this blog. You could correct it or just shuffle off to join the rest or the crusading bigots.

      January 7, 2014 at 5:06 pm |
    • fozzyespeak

      I think you are beginning to understand why some people do not want to look at the 10 commandments at a state building. I find Christianity offensive. I think it is an aggressive and mean spirited religion, as it is practiced these days.

      January 7, 2014 at 5:08 pm |
    • Uncommon Sense

      Being open minded would never result in turning into a right winger. That requires closing one's mind, very tightly.

      January 7, 2014 at 5:11 pm |
  6. Felix Sinclair

    This is awesome and once again proves that it's not "freedom of religion" so much as "freedom of MY religion."

    January 7, 2014 at 4:50 pm |
    • Correct sir!

      You got that right for sure.

      January 7, 2014 at 5:01 pm |
  7. be kind and love oneanother

    Interesting reply. I was simply trying to make the point that people can be open minded and tolerant of each other.

    January 7, 2014 at 4:49 pm |
    • .

      Reply to which post?

      January 7, 2014 at 4:51 pm |
  8. Sungrazer

    This War on Satan and the War on Halloween are tearing our country apart!

    January 7, 2014 at 4:47 pm |
    • 9hydra

      Jack Skellington is white kids. He just is.

      January 7, 2014 at 5:01 pm |
      • Sarah

        You win the internet! LMAO!

        January 7, 2014 at 5:14 pm |
  9. sly

    Satan brings a lot of good to earth in the form of differing opinions, other ways of looking at things. I think we should all love our Satan and worship Him, for He is an angel, and although a bit different, he has brought a lot of positive change to America.

    This here American does not like to hate, and I accept Satan. If the Okie's want to build a monument to the Great Satan, I think that is very cool.

    Gosh folks ... what's with all the cap's and hate and stuff. All is well today! Life is good. Enjoy. And please ... stop bashing on this poor Satan guy – he is good for America.

    January 7, 2014 at 4:46 pm |
    • A believer of the Gospel of God

      The most ignoreant statement of all time. Satan is a fallen angel. Please do not let him decieve you. There is nothing good about Satan and his angels. If you believe in Satan, then you must read the Bible because that is the only text in the world in which he is called Satan. And seeing that you believe in Satan, you must have read in the Bible the main intent of Satan and his angels.....to kill, devour, and destroy. What is appealing about that? God has only offered us peace and rest and eternal life if we follow him. Please, if you need prayer or someone to talk to, please respond.

      January 7, 2014 at 5:01 pm |
      • Sungrazer

        "Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword." -Jesus

        January 7, 2014 at 5:05 pm |
      • rmac

        you're all nut's..... my all seeing invisible man is nicer than your all seeing invisble man
        what a joke.
        but alas this is religions dying breath after all.
        good .... won't be missed

        January 7, 2014 at 5:06 pm |
      • sly

        You are being very discriminatory and frankly, almost hateful, towards Satan, who could just be a misunderstood angel.

        I think our world will become a better place when the religious people and satan worshippers learn to coexist and love each other. God loves everyone, especially Satan, whom he knows as a son.

        Just because you don't understand someone like Satan or Osama BIn Laden does not make them bad. It just shows how judgemental you are.

        I let Satan into my life, and I'm a better person because of it. You might want to consider the same.

        January 7, 2014 at 5:07 pm |
      • Pseudotriton

        If you have actually read the bible, you would know that god killed way more people than Satan. Your idea of Satan is based on your own interpretation. How are you so sure that others' perspective of him is wrong and bad? Why do you hate religious freedom and want to persecute other religions?

        January 7, 2014 at 5:07 pm |
      • snowboarder

        satan has clearly been maligned by the followers of that monster that inspired the old testament.

        January 7, 2014 at 5:14 pm |
  10. HanselATEGretel

    Goatman vs. Resurrecting Zombie. Wouldn't it be awesome if they both rode in on a sleigh with Santa? Maybe they should establish a Peanut Brittle house on Molasses swamp in Candy Land. Long walks on the Ice Cream Sea with Rudolph. That is until Mary, when not birthing as a virgin, redirects her time as a cartoonist illustrating parodies of Mohammed. A car bomb then destroys the Peanut Brittle house when he posthumously installs a statue of 72 virgins.

    January 7, 2014 at 4:44 pm |
  11. John

    Why does this remind me of the 80s movie Dragnet and P.A.G.A.N. (the People Against Goodness and Normalcy)?

    January 7, 2014 at 4:42 pm |
    • Joe

      I was thinking the same thing. I had to reread the article to make sure it wasn't a joke.

      January 7, 2014 at 4:54 pm |
    • TheBob

      I'm guessing because you're still living in the 80s.

      January 7, 2014 at 5:12 pm |
  12. Lou

    adding the kids into the piece is priceless...

    January 7, 2014 at 4:42 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      Yes, and the idea that you can sit in his lap.

      January 7, 2014 at 4:44 pm |
      • Science Works

        Be great maybe for a family photo shoot for xmas greeting card .

        January 7, 2014 at 4:53 pm |
  13. max cady

    It is no more offensive than a monument of the 10 commandments, or nativity scenes.
    The religious feel offended by other peoples beliefs, but do not think twice about offending others with their beliefs.

    January 7, 2014 at 4:40 pm |
    • Charm Quark

      max
      So very true. " fred" for example is so eager to throw anyone that does not believe as he does into hell for eternity and yet he himself is a born again low life sinner that has been redeemed in his own mind. Makes me want to gag being lectured too by the likes of him or Austin.

      January 7, 2014 at 4:50 pm |
  14. be kind and love oneanother

    SORRY, DIDN'T MEAN TO SHOUT. my cap lock was just on. just another example of ignorance via "blogging eitquette"

    January 7, 2014 at 4:36 pm |
    • Charm Quark

      be kind...
      Whatever. During your rant you seem to imply that the beginning of life forms can never be proven or replicated by science, is that right? What about finding life on other celestial bodies, do you think that possible? As a Deist I find that both those premises will be proven possibly in my lifetime. What then, will the Christian apologists have to go into a tizzy and rewrite their whole book of blunders?

      January 7, 2014 at 4:44 pm |
  15. Jenny

    My family and I are avid travelers. We plan to visit a different state each year for our family vacation. This statue scares me and makes me never want to visit a place with so many satan worshipper. I hope the people behind this idea understand that they will hurt their own economy, as I am sure I am not the only person who would rather be in a place where God's laws are practiced rather than the devil's.

    January 7, 2014 at 4:32 pm |
    • Madtown

      How does someone reference "God's laws"?

      January 7, 2014 at 4:33 pm |
    • TDM

      I see you didn't bother to read the article. Okay.

      What are the devil's laws, exactly?

      January 7, 2014 at 4:35 pm |
      • Lou

        The "devil" does not exist so this concept of evil has no law to bestow upon us. Your missing the point. In a supposed "free nation" they have as much right to worship and adorn your god's other son as you have to worship and adorn Jebus.

        January 7, 2014 at 4:41 pm |
    • snowboarder

      @jenny, that is just plain stupid.

      January 7, 2014 at 4:39 pm |
    • readmuchquestionmark

      Okay, so you didn't read that the group putting this up is from New York?
      Also, if you didn't know, the majority of those putting money toward this are atheists, who don't believe in Satan or God. They are just tired of Christians not understanding that if you want to include religion in the government, the government has to include all religions, even those that you don't like. Religion being included in government doesn't mean just Christian religions, it means all of them. This is to demonstrate that and ask you again...is this what you really want?

      January 7, 2014 at 4:47 pm |
    • sly

      How much is a round trip ticket to heaven these days anyway?

      Oh ... do they practice Gods Laws in Heaven? Or is he ridiculed just like Americans blame our politicians for everything.

      January 7, 2014 at 4:48 pm |
    • dzerres

      actually no. A lot of us avoid places in this country that have too many religious nuts i.e. right wing Christians. If I were in town I would make it a point to visit the Satan statue however.

      January 7, 2014 at 4:49 pm |
    • Jason K

      Authored by American diplomat Joel Barlow in 1796, the following treaty was sent to the floor of the Senate, June 7, 1797, where it was read aloud in its entirety and unanimously approved. John Adams, having seen the treaty, signed it and proudly proclaimed it to the Nation. Art. 11. As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion; as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquillity, of Mussulmen; and, as the said States never entered into any war, or act of hostility against any Mahometan nation, it is declared by the parties, that no pretext arising from religious opinions, shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries.

      January 7, 2014 at 5:02 pm |
    • truthprevails1

      So you're not really planning to travel within the states?? None of the christian god's so-called laws are followed in the states, outside of the sensible ones...thou shalt not kill; thou shalt not steal. If the christian gods laws were followed child abuse and rape would be legal; tattoo's would be forbidden; adultery would be against the law; eating pork wouldn't be heard of. I bet you don't even follow all of your gods laws.

      January 7, 2014 at 5:06 pm |
    • rmac

      jenny...jenny
      time to replace the tin foil.

      January 7, 2014 at 5:09 pm |
    • sam stone

      you sure get scared easily

      January 7, 2014 at 5:12 pm |
    • 9hydra

      haha Jenny, you're obviously a child, so I'll explain it to you: Satanists were invented by Christians as a group of people to be rounded up and slaughtered, like heretics (aka lutherans), gypsies, jews and witches. Any "satanists" that exist today just do it to make the christian zealots uncomfortable.

      There arent any real demons, even though horror movies do a good job making them look realistic. There also aren't any dinosaurs still alive or giant robots that can turn into cars. Those movies just use special effects to look real, but they're all fake!

      January 7, 2014 at 5:14 pm |
    • Cobra6

      Oklahoma – simply overflowing with Satan worshippers... You and your family should focus on God-fearing locations like Miami's South Beach, Los Angeles, or better yet, Las Vegas Nevada. Heck, their senator is a Mormon – what better indicator could you want?

      January 7, 2014 at 5:37 pm |
  16. Demigod Vadik, CA

    The Devil does exist...

    ...otherwise how do you account for the Republican Party???

    January 7, 2014 at 4:29 pm |
    • Madtown

      and Honey Boo Boo?

      January 7, 2014 at 4:32 pm |
      • Charm Quark

        And of course Rush though a lessor demon does prove the premise of Satan.

        January 7, 2014 at 4:37 pm |
      • truthprevails1

        You're forgetting Duck Dynasty dude and Ken Ham.

        January 7, 2014 at 5:49 pm |
    • Ed

      Oh, I think you made a little error...the devil's existence accounts for the existence of liberals. Like yourself.

      January 7, 2014 at 5:34 pm |
      • G to the T

        Read the Bible some time then. Who's policies were more "liberal"? Jesus or the Devil?

        January 8, 2014 at 2:24 pm |
  17. Mankey

    Why are there still monkeys around? How much more longer until they turn into one of us?

    January 7, 2014 at 4:28 pm |
    • Lou

      Take a biology course....The "monkey" that we descended from does NOT exist anymore. The apes of today have little direct relation to them.

      January 7, 2014 at 4:35 pm |
      • Mankey

        Lou,

        I'm deeply sorry you descend from some type of extinct monkey.

        January 7, 2014 at 4:39 pm |
        • 7echnique

          Mankey go back to school and study, the bible is not educational dude..

          January 7, 2014 at 4:42 pm |
        • Lou

          It explains more about human nature to know that we are from beasts then to swallow a snake tricking a chick onto eating an apple...

          January 7, 2014 at 4:44 pm |
        • Uncommon Sense

          Mankey: We're sorry that you have descended from dirt and haven't learned much along the way. At least about science.

          January 7, 2014 at 4:45 pm |
        • Mankey

          Ever heard the expression "from dust you come to dust you shall return". I believe science can clearly see that when they open up an old casket. You;re no exception buddy. Your dust, too. Monkey dust

          January 7, 2014 at 4:49 pm |
        • sly

          'Descend'?

          Now we know Mankey has not completed a science class yet.

          I kinda doubt he is old enough for High School science.

          January 7, 2014 at 4:50 pm |
        • Pseudotriton

          Mandy, I'm deeply sorry that the education system has failed you.

          January 7, 2014 at 4:53 pm |
        • ME II

          @Pseudotriton,
          Well said!

          January 7, 2014 at 4:55 pm |
        • AtheistSteve

          "Ever heard the expression "from dust you come to dust you shall return". I believe science can clearly see that when they open up an old casket."

          Open a sarcophagus several thousand years old and you find what? Dust? No...something more like beef jerky. We aren't made of dust. We're made of complex organic molecules, minerals and water(mostly water). It's more accurate to say we're made of mud and manure.
          But it is true that we're just apes.

          January 7, 2014 at 5:21 pm |
      • Dyslexic doG

        don't feed the trolls.

        January 7, 2014 at 4:40 pm |
    • 7echnique

      We are different apes.. our type of ape is already evolved...

      January 7, 2014 at 4:40 pm |
    • ME II

      @Mankey,
      Why are there still British around and when will they turn into Americans?

      January 7, 2014 at 4:47 pm |
      • 7echnique

        lmao

        January 7, 2014 at 4:52 pm |
    • bob

      If you get any dumber you're going to need to start wearing a helmet.

      January 7, 2014 at 4:48 pm |
    • Sam Yaza

      ... im ashamed to be in the same genome with you buddy,.. that's right i'm embarrassed to call my self homo

      January 7, 2014 at 4:54 pm |
    • Mankey

      That's ok, you all knowing educated men with monkey ancestors. The day is creeping up on you where no science book will be able to bail you out of what awaits. Make sure you know they formula for water. You'll need it.

      January 7, 2014 at 4:56 pm |
      • ME II

        Ah, now the threats. Nice.

        January 7, 2014 at 4:59 pm |
        • Mankey

          Yes, I can see how truth can be threatning. But hey, there is always a way out while you're still alive. Hope you all find Jesus some day.

          January 7, 2014 at 5:01 pm |
        • sam stone

          gee, if you suck your 12 gauge, you could be on your knees, pleasing your slavior in no time at all

          January 7, 2014 at 5:15 pm |
        • Lou

          Love them, threaten them, love them, threaten them.....religious logic

          January 7, 2014 at 5:28 pm |
      • Topher

        Monkeys may have evolved from people like me.

        January 7, 2014 at 4:59 pm |
      • Sam Yaza

        listen monkey, they day i let your tyrant god march on this earth, that i worked so hard to free, is the day i start watching sponge bob square pants, dude you live in America i practically built this country. revolution is so my thing. after all did you see my statue in new york its like huge.

        January 7, 2014 at 5:03 pm |
      • AtheistSteve

        Oh no...a proxy threat from a buffoon. I better get down on my knees and pray for forgiveness or else it's BBQ time for me. Lame.

        January 7, 2014 at 5:10 pm |
      • rmac

        how do you know this....
        all seeing invisible man talking to you in your dreams?
        read it in the not oft edited bible... which version did you read exactly..assuming you can read.

        January 7, 2014 at 5:14 pm |
      • Uncommon Sense

        Recipe for water: Place two H's near a single O. Stand back. Viola: Water.

        Bring it on Sky Fairy!

        January 7, 2014 at 5:18 pm |
      • snowboarder

        lol! just another simpleton that falls for that whole "eternal life" scam.

        January 7, 2014 at 5:24 pm |
    • 9hydra

      Retake your science classes until you stop getting F's.

      January 7, 2014 at 5:02 pm |
    • Charlie

      Some have, I'm going by thee intelligence level out there in some of these comments. If there are any aliens out there, this is one planet where they won't find much intelligent life.

      January 7, 2014 at 5:48 pm |
    • truthprevails1

      So if turning to science is so bad, are we to assume that you don't seek medical attention when ill?

      January 7, 2014 at 5:58 pm |
  18. o

    LOL

    January 7, 2014 at 4:28 pm |
  19. ChadTL

    First off for a Christian to be all crazy about the ten commandments that a little I just I don't know. Real Christians know that after Christ death the ten commands were to be follow by the spirit of the law but Christians are not exactly under the mosaic law aka the ten commandments. The Jews would be more inclined to want to see them in the court house. The laws in themselves make since so I am not sure why people have issues with them. Okay if you none religious or whatever take out the first four but after that.. Would you like you mate to faithful to you? You want people to be murder, steal, cheat, set you up to take your stuff, lie on you in a court of law. Why don't you stop taking things so serious and acting like that such a serious offense to you. So now you Okay with someone putting up a statue of something that by all means the personification of evil, where as murder, stealing, cheating, lying is okay.. in a court of officials.. yeah you guys do what you want but you crack me up.

    January 7, 2014 at 4:25 pm |
    • Sungrazer

      Wrong. "Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil."

      January 7, 2014 at 4:33 pm |
    • cedar rapids

      'Why don't you stop taking things so serious and acting like that such a serious offense to you.'

      shouldnt you be taking your own advice? after all you decided to get annoyed enough about it to moan.

      January 7, 2014 at 4:36 pm |
    • 9hydra

      What's your problem with the goatboy statue?

      Take some advice from our founding fathers:

      "But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg." -Thomas Jefferson, 1782.

      January 7, 2014 at 4:58 pm |
    • Theseus

      "real" Christian is a misnomer.

      January 7, 2014 at 5:01 pm |
  20. The Real Tom Paine

    If the people in Oklahoma want to put up a statue that reflects their culture and values, how about a redneck lying on a couch holding a welfare check, a remote and cradling a shotgun?

    January 7, 2014 at 4:22 pm |
    • Old Sailor

      Clueless doesn't begin to fathom that comment. You obviously have never set foot in this fine State, and we would ask that you never do.

      January 7, 2014 at 4:26 pm |
    • TDM

      How about a statue of Indians be displaced and slaughtered?

      January 7, 2014 at 4:30 pm |
    • Lou

      don't forget the bible...

      January 7, 2014 at 4:36 pm |
    • ogre12

      put the crack pipe down and go back to sleep zombie.

      January 7, 2014 at 4:52 pm |
    • Sam Yaza

      id donate $1,000 for that,

      January 7, 2014 at 4:57 pm |
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