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Satanists want statue next to 10 Commandments
A Ten Commandments monument erected outside the Oklahoma state Capitol.
December 9th, 2013
01:46 PM ET

Satanists want statue next to 10 Commandments

By Daniel Burke, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor
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(CNN) - Lots of lawmakers have been accused of devilish behavior, but Oklahoma's state capitol may become the first to actually have a monument to Satan.

If a New York-based group called the Temple of Satan gets its way, a statue of the Evil One would sit next to the recently erected 10 Commandments monument on state capitol grounds.

"They said they wanted to be open to different monuments," said Lucien Greaves, a spokesman for the Temple of Satan, "and this seems like a perfect place to put that to the test."

Greaves and some legal experts say the Constitution is clear: the government can't endorse one particular religion. So, if a state capitol has a monument to one faith, it must allow monuments to others as well.

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

Last year, the Temple organized a gay and lesbian kiss-in at the gravesite of the mother of anti-gay preacher and activist the Rev. Fred Phelps. It also held a rally at Florida's state capitol in support of a law that allows "inspirational messages" at public school assemblies.

"It allows us to spread the message of Satanism," which centers around respect for diversity and religious minorities, said Greaves.

Oklahoma legislators voted to erect the Ten Commandments monument in 2009, using private funds donated by Rep. Mike Rietz, a surgeon and Southern Baptist deacon.

Rietz declined to comment on the Satanists' proposal on Monday, citing an separate and ongoing dispute with the American Civil Liberties Union over the Ten Commandments monument.

Oklahoma state Rep. Bob Cleveland told CNN that he's not in favor of the Satanist's proposed statue.

"I believe that only monuments that reflect Oklahoma values should be allowed on capitol the capitol grounds," Cleveland said in an e-mail on Monday.

But if Christians and Jews can have their monument to the 10 Commandments, then Satanists must be allowed to erect their own statue, said Brady Henderson, legal director of the American Civil Liberty Union's Oklahoma chapter.

"We feel like the Satanic Temple has a very strong argument to say that, if the state allows one religious monument, you have to allow others," Henderson said.

Oklahoma's statehouse grounds already has monuments honoring its heritage and Native American history, said Trait Thompson, chair of the Capitol Preservation Commission.

"Individuals and groups are free to apply to place a monument or statue or artwork," Thompson said.

The commission then determines whether the proposal abides by its standards and votes on whether to approve it.

Greaves said he's received the required forms from Oklahoma's Capitol Preservation Commission and is working on a design that will meet its standards.

"We want something big and bold that will be able to stand up to the weather or whatever other kinds of assaults," that may target the monument, he said.

"My favorite idea right now is an object of play for children. We want kids to see that Satanism is where the fun is."

The Temple of Satan created a Indiegogo fundraising page on Monday, but have thus far only publicly raised $150 towards its goal of $20,000.

Not all Satanist groups see the fun in political provocations.

Magus Peter Gilmore, head of the Church of Satan, which was founded by Anton LaVey in 1966, said he believes in strict separation of church and state.

"Rather than placing multiple 'advertisements' for various religions, we think it best for the (10 Commandments) monument to be removed to private property and that there be no objects supporting religion of any sort placed on the statehouse grounds," Gilmore said.

Earlier this year, Gilmore's Church of Satan squared off against a British group of Satanists over abortion rights, after activists shouted "Hail Satan" to drown out anti-abortion activists at the Texas state capitol.

READ MORE: Satanists square off on abortion (Yes, really)

- CNN Religion Editor

Filed under: Belief • Church and state • Culture wars • Devil • Satanism

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  1. Reality # 2

    Satan, the demon of the demented. Next topic.

    The Ten Commandments- A summary of the Hammurabi Code and also the Egyptians' Book of the Dead. They should note this on all copies.

    "The Book of the Dead was written circa 1800 BCE. 2 The Schofield Reference Bible estimates that the Hebrew Exodus from Egypt and the provision of the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai occurred in 1491 BCE., some three centuries later. Many religious liberals, historians, and secularists have concluded that the Hebrew Scripture's Ten Commandments were based on this earlier docu-ment, rather than vice-versa."

    December 9, 2013 at 5:16 pm |
  2. Dyslexic doG

    Yesterday morning there was a knock at my door. A pleasant and enthusiastic young couple were there.

    John: "Hi! I'm John, and this is Mary."

    Mary: "Hi! We're here to invite you to come kiss Hank's ass with us."

    Me: "Pardon me?! What are you talking about? Who's Hank, and why would I want to kiss His ass?"

    John: "If you kiss Hank's ass, He'll give you a million dollars; and if you don't, He'll kick the guts out of you."

    Me: "What? Is this some sort of bizarre mob shake-down?"

    John: "Hank is a billionaire philanthropist. Hank built this town. Hank owns this town. He can do whatever He wants, and what He wants is to give you a million dollars, but He can't until you kiss His ass."

    Me: "That doesn't make any sense. Why..."

    Mary: "Who are you to question Hank's gift? Don't you want a million dollars? Isn't it worth a little kiss on the ass?"

    Me: "Well maybe, if it's legit, but..."

    John: "Then come kiss Hank's ass with us."

    Me: "Do you kiss Hank's ass often?"

    Mary: "Oh yes, all the time..."

    Me: "And has He given you a million dollars?"

    John: "Well no. You don't actually get the money until you leave town."

    Me: "So why don't you just leave town now?"

    Mary: "You can't leave until Hank tells you to, or you don't get the money, and He kicks the guts out of you."

    Me: "Do you know anyone who kissed Hank's ass, left town, and got the million dollars?"

    John: "My mother kissed Hank's ass for years. She left town last year, and I'm sure she got the money."

    Me: "Haven't you talked to her since then?"

    John: "Of course not, Hank doesn't allow it."

    Me: "So what makes you think He'll actually give you the money if you've never talked to anyone who got the money?"

    Mary: "Well, maybe you'll get a raise, maybe you'll win a small lotto, maybe you'll just find a twenty-dollar bill on the street."

    Me: "What's that got to do with Hank?"

    John: "In this town, Hank is the same as good luck. All good things are attributed to Hank'"

    Me: "I'm sorry, but this sounds like some sort of bizarre con game."

    John: "But it's a million dollars, can you really take the chance? And remember, if you don't kiss Hank's ass He'll kick the guts out of you."

    Me: "Maybe if I could see Hank, talk to Him, get the details straight from Him..."

    Mary: "No one sees Hank, no one talks to Hank."

    Me: "Then how do you kiss His ass?"

    John: "Sometimes we just blow Him a kiss, and think of His ass. Other times we kiss Karl's ass, and he passes it on."

    Me: "Who's Karl?"

    Mary: "A friend of ours. He's the one who taught us all about kissing Hank's ass. All we had to do was take him out to dinner a few times."

    Me: "And you just took his word for it when he said there was a Hank, that Hank wanted you to kiss His ass, and that Hank would reward you?"

    John: "Oh no! Karl has a letter he got from Hank years ago explaining the whole thing. Here's a copy; see for yourself."

    From the Desk of Karl
    1. Kiss Hank's ass and He'll give you a million dollars when you leave town.
    2. Use alcohol in moderation.
    3. Kick the guts out of people who aren't like you.
    4. Eat right.
    5. Hank dictated this list Himself.
    6. The moon is made of green cheese.
    7. Everything Hank says is right.
    8. Wash your hands after going to the bathroom.
    9. Don't use alcohol.
    10. Eat your wieners on buns, no condiments.
    11. Kiss Hank's ass or He'll kick the guts out of you.

    Me: "This appears to be written on Karl's letterhead."

    Mary: "Hank didn't have any paper."

    Me: "I have a hunch that if we checked we'd find this is Karl's handwriting."

    John: "Of course, Hank dictated it."

    Me: "I thought you said no one gets to see Hank?"

    Mary: "Not now, but years ago He would talk to some people."

    Me: "I thought you said He was a philanthropist. What sort of philanthropist kicks the guts out of people just because they're different?"

    Mary: "It's what Hank wants, and Hank's always right."

    Me: "How do you figure that?"

    Mary: "Item 7 says 'Everything Hank says is right.' That's good enough for me!"

    Me: "Maybe your friend Karl just made the whole thing up."

    John: "No way! Item 5 says 'Hank dictated this list himself.' Besides, item 2 says 'Use alcohol in moderation,' Item 4 says 'Eat right,' and item 8 says 'Wash your hands after going to the bathroom.' Everyone knows those things are right, so the rest must be true, too."

    Me: "But 9 says 'Don't use alcohol.' which doesn't quite go with item 2, and 6 says 'The moon is made of green cheese,' which is just plain wrong."

    John: "There's no contradiction between 9 and 2, 9 just clarifies 2. As far as 6 goes, you've never been to the moon, so you can't say for sure."

    Me: "Scientists have pretty firmly established that the moon is made of rock..."

    Mary: "But they don't know if the rock came from the Earth, or from out of space, so it could just as easily be green cheese."

    Me: "I'm not really an expert, but not knowing where the rock came from doesn't make it plausible that it might be made of cheese."

    John: "Ha! You just admitted that scientists don’t know everything, but we know Hank is always right!"

    Me: "We do?"

    Mary: "Of course we do, Item 7 says so."

    Me: "You're saying Hank's always right because the list says so, the list is right because Hank dictated it, and we know that Hank dictated it because the list says so. That's circular logic, no different than saying 'Hank's right because He says He's right.'"

    John: "Now you're getting it! It's so rewarding to see someone come around to Hank's way of thinking."

    Me: "But...oh, never mind.

    from Jhuger.com

    December 9, 2013 at 5:14 pm |
    • Justice

      Take a rest, Fido, and kiss MY ass!

      December 9, 2013 at 5:17 pm |
      • Dyslexic doG

        LOLOLOL. Is that the best you've got?

        December 9, 2013 at 5:26 pm |
    • Duane

      I enjoyed that a lot. Pretty much sums up my thoughts on things. Thanks for sharing!

      December 9, 2013 at 5:26 pm |
      • Dyslexic doG

        🙂

        December 9, 2013 at 5:27 pm |
  3. Barry G

    Jesus said: Love one another. Satan teaches the opposite.

    Jesus said: Love your neighbor, as yourself. Satan says the opposite.

    Jesus said: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute. Satan says the opposite.

    Jesus said: serve and help each other. Satan says the opposite.

    Jesus said: Forgive each other. Satan says the opposite.

    Jesus said: It is more blessed to give than to receive. Satan says the opposite.

    Jesus died for us on a cross, in order to save us. Satan has lied to, deceived and destroyed the lives of everone who ever followed him.

    As for me and my family, I will follow God and his son, Jesus.

    Jesus is Lord!

    December 9, 2013 at 5:14 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      Jesus allegedly said. . .

      December 9, 2013 at 5:15 pm |
      • Barry G

        Respected, good, decent and honest men and women bore witness to the fact that Jesus said these things. So convinced were these honest and respected men and women, that that they were willing to suffer unspeakable horrors, in order to testify to this truth.

        December 9, 2013 at 5:18 pm |
        • Duane

          I'm sure there were respected men who stood up for Hitler and the actions of the Nazi party. I'd prefer to judge these things for myself however.

          December 9, 2013 at 5:28 pm |
        • Fedup

          OK Barry, then why the Inquisition?

          December 9, 2013 at 5:33 pm |
        • Street Epistemologist In Training

          Respected, good, decent and honest man and women drank a lot of Kool-Aid for Jim Jones – I guess that means he really was the new messiah. Why do you believe jesus was divine? What would it take to cause you to change your beliefs?

          December 9, 2013 at 5:39 pm |
        • G to the T

          "Respected, good, decent and honest men and women bore witness to the fact that Jesus said these things." – No they didn't. All we have are second hand sources that have been attributed to these "witnesses" after the fact.

          "So convinced were these honest and respected men and women, that that they were willing to suffer unspeakable horrors, in order to testify to this truth." – Hearsay – there's very little evidence of the martydom of any of the original disciples. In addition, people were tortured/killed for what you would now call heresy, was their interpretation correct because they were willing to die for it?

          December 10, 2013 at 11:56 am |
    • Garry B.

      Jesus said prayer works absolutely exactly as asked, including having a mountain throw itself into the sea.

      Jesus said the end would come in the lifetime of some in his immediate audience.

      Jesus said to give your wealth away, and that the rich aren't going to heaven.

      Jesus said that those who pray in public get no reward.

      December 9, 2013 at 5:18 pm |
    • Dyslexic doG

      how can you possibly speak about "what jesus said"?!?!

      The King James version of the new testament was completed in 1611 by 8 members of the church of England. There were (and still are) NO original texts to translate. The oldest manuscripts we have were written down 100's of years after the last apostle died. There are over 8,000 of these old manuscripts with no two alike. The king james translators used none of these anyway. Instead they edited previous translations to create a version their king and parliament would approve. So.... 21st century christians believe the "word of god" is a book edited in the 17th century from the 16th century translations of 8,000 contradictory copies of 4th century scrolls that claim to be copies of lost letters written in the 1st century.

      So we don't even know if the jesus character existed, much less what he may or may not have said.

      Seriously?! Claiming that jesus said certain phrases is utter mind numbing nonsense, and yet you seem to base your belief on this! Your belief has more holes in it than swiss cheese! It would be laughable if it wasn't so tragic.

      December 9, 2013 at 5:19 pm |
    • Just the Facts Ma'am...

      "Satan says the opposite." Source please. Which book contains what Satan says?

      December 9, 2013 at 5:34 pm |
  4. Galen

    God Created the Ten Commandments, God Created Satan, God Created Good and Evil, God is the "Author of Evil", We have Free Will and the Satanists already have a statue there!!!

    December 9, 2013 at 5:13 pm |
    • The Illogic of Religion

      God created Satan and evil, so that makes him responsible for it. The only one who deserves hell is your god. All others were intentionally entrapped and deceived by God and his creations, according to God's plan.

      December 9, 2013 at 5:15 pm |
  5. Jamongajoe

    Atheists are Satan's useful idgets.

    December 9, 2013 at 5:12 pm |
    • Observer

      Are the useless idgets believers?

      December 9, 2013 at 5:13 pm |
    • Jan

      Atheists don't believe in Satan, either.

      December 9, 2013 at 5:22 pm |
  6. joeknockz

    .......If your "religion"s only purpose is to talk down another religion and be the anti of it then it shouldnt be accredited as being a religion in the first place. Can I make a religion about how Atheists are Retarded? And say there's a God that makes all atheists retarded because he hates the way they smell... And then can I have my statue be some cross eyed version of Richard Dawkins looking retarded? That's cool with you guys? If so you're trying to make some lame point that's not a point at all...because that's not cool for someone to do. It's not cool for someone to make a "RELIGION" that is the anti of something else. Atheists shouldn't have to deal with it...neither should Christians or any one else. It's only mockery....

    December 9, 2013 at 5:11 pm |
    • Hecate

      What does your diatribe against atheists have to do with the article? Are you retarded?

      December 9, 2013 at 5:18 pm |
    • Jan

      Atheists don't believe in Satan, either.

      December 9, 2013 at 5:24 pm |
    • Just the Facts Ma'am...

      Isn't Christianity anti-religion? Sure, they are pro-christian but they are anti-Islam and anti-Hindu and anti-Buddhist, does that mean they shouldn't exist because they are against something?

      December 9, 2013 at 5:38 pm |
    • Fedup

      No atheist could possibly reason with you Joe, because your beliefs are unreasonable to begin with. There is nothing anybody could say to you to make you see how incredibly silly the theory of "Intelligent Design" is, even if I dump a bucket of fossils over your head. There is nothing any reasonable person could say to you to make you think the women in this world were created from a rib of a man, even though that idea is simply ridiculous (if not incredibly misogynistic). Atheists don't argue for non-belief any more than you argue for it. But I've never had an Atheist knock on my door in the morning preaching non-belief to me. Trying to argue religion with a zealot is like trying to tell a three-year old Santa does not exist... he simply doesn't want to hear that his beliefs are bogus.

      December 9, 2013 at 5:39 pm |
  7. Keith B. Rosenberg

    Atheists need something too since they assume they have infinite knowledge to be able to say that a being with infinite knowledge does not exist. Atheism is a faith too!

    December 9, 2013 at 5:10 pm |
    • Lucifer's Evil Twin

      "Atheism is a faith too!" Only if you are an idiot...

      December 9, 2013 at 5:12 pm |
    • The Illogic of Religion

      Straw man fallacy
      Fallacy of equivocation

      December 9, 2013 at 5:13 pm |
    • Fedup

      Keith, atheism is certainly NOT a faith, it is the absence of it. Sam Harris makes this incredibly clear... Atheism is not a religion, nor anything as you can not define what a person does NOT believe in.

      December 9, 2013 at 5:44 pm |
  8. Galen

    God Created Evil, God is the "Author of Evil", We have Free Will, God Created Satan, God Created the Ten Commandments, Therefore, the Satanists already have a statue there!!!

    December 9, 2013 at 5:10 pm |
  9. Barry G

    Why anyone would want to spend eternity separated from the God who made them and loves them so much he gave his son Jesus to die for them on the cross, is beyond me! Why anyone would choose to serve and give their allegiance to Satan, who has never done anything but deceive, harm and destroy, is beyone me!

    December 9, 2013 at 5:09 pm |
    • The Illogic of Religion

      Fallacy of begging the question

      December 9, 2013 at 5:11 pm |
    • Street Epistemologist In Training

      Why would anyone follow an alleged supernatural being for which there is no actual, verifiable evidence? Why do you believe your supernatural being exists?

      December 9, 2013 at 5:13 pm |
      • Barry G

        Because of the evidence.

        December 9, 2013 at 5:15 pm |
        • HotAirAce

          What evidence and why do you believe it is valid?

          December 9, 2013 at 5:18 pm |
        • Richard

          Exactly what evidence would that be?

          December 9, 2013 at 5:27 pm |
        • Keith
          December 10, 2013 at 12:16 pm |
        • Keith

          *crickets*

          December 10, 2013 at 12:17 pm |
  10. Steve Chernick

    As a dyed in the wool anti-theist, this idea makes me giddy. As someone that was raised Catholic and later baptist, it makes me uneasy. I hate these complex mixed feelings!

    December 9, 2013 at 5:08 pm |
    • Suggestion

      The go for post-theism and put it all behind you.

      December 9, 2013 at 5:09 pm |
  11. turtlemouth

    I was going to erect a monument to the Invisible Pink Unicorn but I can't seem to find it now...darndest thing.

    December 9, 2013 at 5:07 pm |
    • Richard

      I bet with modern technology, an invisible statue really is just about possible. That would be AWESOME!!!

      December 9, 2013 at 5:28 pm |
  12. Redeem

    The Living Word of God states throughout the Bible that the devil stands behind God and the word of God, so if we are forced by the earthly people of the world to erect this statue then place it behind the statue of TEN COMMAND and the devil will continue to stand behind God.

    December 9, 2013 at 5:07 pm |
    • Dyslexic doG

      such an infantile, fairy tale explanation of the world ...

      December 9, 2013 at 5:10 pm |
    • Redeem2

      In the name of Jesus satan you are.defeted. I will continue to pray for all of you that are unsaved..The glory be to GOD.

      December 9, 2013 at 7:38 pm |
  13. Al Russell

    Now we get to see how the Christians who supported the 10 Commandments statue are side-stepping the legal problem here. They hate the idea of a Satanist statue but advocated the inclusion of religious speech on State property. Rather than face this issue in a mature and intelligent manner they are simply denying that the Temple of Satan counts as a "real" religion. Rather than admit their hypocrisy they deflect and attempt to appoint themselves as arbiters of religious authenticity. They can't even see how they have become the oppressors.

    December 9, 2013 at 4:59 pm |
    • Faith

      This should be voted on by the people who live in Oklahoma. If the Satanists in New York want a statue, then they should erect the statue in their own state.

      December 9, 2013 at 5:05 pm |
      • Street Epistemologist In Traing

        So you believe it is ok to ignore the const!tution in OK or anywhere a majority wants to?

        December 9, 2013 at 5:08 pm |
      • no

        lol, look at Faith performing damage control. Knows Faith can't win the war, so tries to quarantine, divide, and conquer the problem.

        December 9, 2013 at 5:22 pm |
    • Christian

      Go ahead an bow to Satan. When things get really bad for you – I will run to Jesus. You can run to your Satan for help.

      December 9, 2013 at 5:06 pm |
      • Dyslexic doG

        such an infantile, fairy tale explanation of the world. it would be laughable if it wasn't so pitiful.

        December 9, 2013 at 5:11 pm |
        • Osceola Steve

          @ Dyslexic.......Funny, that is what I say to you.

          December 9, 2013 at 5:16 pm |
      • Osceola Steve

        Yes ! Actually, they will run to Jesus, he will not know them.

        December 9, 2013 at 5:14 pm |
      • Joey

        Things get bad in the first place because "Christians" have nothing better to do than remember your "sins" and demonize people 24/7. There are such people as Christians, but not until they're about 85 years old and know wheat from chaff. Thanks.

        December 9, 2013 at 5:17 pm |
    • CB

      "they are simply denying that the Temple of Satan counts as a "real" religion."

      Well, it doesn't. The article clearly states that it has no basis of religion, at all.

      December 9, 2013 at 5:07 pm |
    • joeknockz

      If your "religion"s only purpose is to talk down another religion and be the anti of it then it shouldnt be accredited as being a religion in the first place. Can I make a religion about how Atheists are Retarded? And say there's a God that makes all atheists retarded because he hates the way they smell... And then can I have my statue be some cross eyed version of Richard Dawkins looking retarded? That's cool with you guys? If so you're trying to make some lame point that's not a point at all...because that's not cool for someone to do. It's not cool for someone to make a "RELIGION" that is the anti of something else. Atheists shouldn't have to deal with it...neither should Christians or any one else. It's only mockery.

      December 9, 2013 at 5:10 pm |
    • The Truth

      Or is it Christians are against a monument that celebrates evil. How would you like it if I start a religion worshiping all the gunmen involved in school shootings as gods? How would you like a monument glorifying them? There is no difference. Satanist cults worship evil, period. You support them you support evil, period.

      December 9, 2013 at 5:11 pm |
    • Tj

      There is one big problem with your comment. You and many other news junkies assume that ALL christians think exactly alike. Try thinking on your own for a change. I'm not a Christian, but I have several friends that are and they aren't,t anything like the media suggests.

      December 9, 2013 at 5:38 pm |
  14. Econ302

    How long untill the Pastafarian's get a statue... that's what I'm waiting on!

    December 9, 2013 at 4:59 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      Tombstones for everyone!

      Can't wait for midnight in the garden of good and evil – Sooner style.

      December 9, 2013 at 5:02 pm |
    • Dan-o

      Love me some of that Jamaican jerk lasagna!

      December 9, 2013 at 5:10 pm |
  15. Joey

    That would be SO funny if Satanists had a large monument with the quote about "Separation of Church and State".

    December 9, 2013 at 4:56 pm |
  16. Honey Badger Don't Care

    If you want me to believe in your heaven and are trying to use Pascal’s Wager you are losing. In fact, if you want to use Pascal’s Wager YOU should be a musIim. Their heaven, getting 72 vir-gins, is much cooler than your heaven. Now if you really want the best deal then you should be a Pastafarian. The FSM heaven has a beer volcano and a stri-pper factory. And even if you don’t go there, their heII is the same as their heaven except the beer is flat and the stri-ppers all have V D.

    Can I get a R’amen?

    December 9, 2013 at 4:53 pm |
    • Tommy

      72 virgins sounds like a nightmare. Nobody wants to spend the afterlife training virgins. Show me a religion with experienced women, not like std is an issue.

      December 9, 2013 at 4:58 pm |
      • The Illogic of Religion

        I always hoped they would get there and find the virgins are boys or donkeys. Then again, as they don't have bodies anymore, getting virgins isn't much of a prize.

        I find it interesting that the reward is to be a perv on a massive scale.

        December 9, 2013 at 5:08 pm |
        • Tommy

          True, definitely a perverted reward.

          December 9, 2013 at 5:12 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      R'amen.

      He was boiled for our sins. May you be touched by his noodly appendage.

      December 9, 2013 at 5:05 pm |
  17. Galen

    God created evil, God created Satan, God is the "Author of Evil",
    What's the big deal? read your bibles

    December 9, 2013 at 4:49 pm |
    • Honey Badger Don't Care

      In the bible god kiIIs an estimated 2.5 MILLION people.

      Satan, only 18.

      Now who's the bad guy?

      December 9, 2013 at 4:54 pm |
      • Observer

        Most of the ones Satan killed were just to win a BET with God about self-centered Job.

        December 9, 2013 at 5:03 pm |
    • Justice

      But, you said God didn't create anything, so which is it?

      December 9, 2013 at 5:14 pm |
  18. omeany

    Good. Lets add a Budda statue and a Mennorah and let OK learn some religious tolerance.

    December 9, 2013 at 4:49 pm |
    • Econ302

      Idealy OK would learn there lesson and realize that you can't open up this can of worms.

      December 9, 2013 at 4:59 pm |
  19. Tommy

    If you are truly an American and are about freedom, you allow them to put whatever they want wherever they want despite your disagreement with their ideals. remember, hey also disagree with your ideals and your statue stands.

    the government takes enough of our freedoms away, we as citizens shouldn't limit that freedom anymore than it is already being limited.

    December 9, 2013 at 4:48 pm |
    • Econ302

      This is why I find it ironic when Small Government Republicans hate on the ACLU. The point of the ACLU is to protect the citizens of the USA from overzealous politicians infringing upon the citizens’ rights.

      December 9, 2013 at 5:02 pm |
      • Tommy

        I am fine with the ACLU. It definitely wastes its time on most of its cases and is a mostly racist organization but I see its need for sure. It's been perverted towards minority civil liberties not AMERICAN civil liberties.

        December 9, 2013 at 5:09 pm |
  20. Bob Bobson

    Never thought I'd want to donate to something called the "Church of Satan" but suddenly I do.

    December 9, 2013 at 4:48 pm |
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