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Frenzy
01-07-2014, 11:57 AM
This amuses me.
Group unveils Satan statue design for Oklahoma (http://news.yahoo.com/group-unveils-satan-statue-design-oklahoma-224102124.html)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A satanic group unveiled designs Monday for a 7-foot-tall statue of Satan it wants to put at the Oklahoma state Capitol, where a Ten Commandments monument was placed in 2012.

The New York-based Satanic Temple formally submitted its application to a panel that oversees the Capitol grounds, including an artist's rendering that depicts Satan as Baphomet, a goat-headed figure with horns, wings and a long beard that's often used as a symbol of the occult. In the rendering, Satan is sitting in a pentagram-adorned throne with smiling children next to him.

"The monument has been designed to reflect the views of Satanists in Oklahoma City and beyond," temple spokesman Lucien Greaves said in a 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."

The Satanic Temple maintains that the Oklahoma Legislature's decision to authorize a privately funded Ten Commandments monument at the Capitol opened the door for its statue. The Ten Commandments monument was placed on the north steps of the building in 2012, and the Oklahoma chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has sued to have it removed.

Similar requests for monuments have been made by a Hindu leader in Nevada, an animal rights group and the satirical Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

In response, the Oklahoma Capitol Preservation Commission recently placed a moratorium on considering any new requests.

"Anybody can still make their request, but we'll hold off on considering them until the lawsuit is adjudicated," commission Chairman Trait Thompson said.

The push by the Satanic Temple has rankled elected leaders in this conservative state known as the buckle of the Bible Belt, who say such a proposal would never be approved by the commission.

"I think you've got to remember where you are. This is Oklahoma, the middle of the heartland," said Rep. Don Armes, R-Faxon. "I think we need to be tolerant of people who think different than us, but this is Oklahoma, and that's not going to fly here."

While Greaves acknowledges the Satanic Temple's effort is in part to highlight what it says is hypocrisy of state leaders in Oklahoma, he says the group is serious about having a monument placed there.

The group already has raised nearly half of the $20,000 it says it needs to build the monument.

"We plan on moving forward one way or another," Greaves said.

Another Oklahoma legislator, Rep. Earl Sears, called the group's effort "an insult to the good people of the state."

"I do not see Satanism as a religion, and they have no place at the state Capitol," said Sears, R-Bartlesville.

On its website, the Satanic Temple explains that it "seeks to separate Religion from Superstition by acknowledging religious belief as a metaphorical framework with which we construct a narrative context for our goals and works.

"Satan stands as the ultimate icon for the selfless revolt against tyranny, free & rational inquiry, and the responsible pursuit of happiness," the website says.

GonzoTheGreat
01-07-2014, 12:01 PM
Maybe you lot could consider getting something like the American First Amendment. Would save you this kind of situation, and it might have other advantages too.
Of course, I'm not a lawyer, so I can't say whether or not it would actually be compatible with the rest of your laws.

Isabel
01-07-2014, 12:08 PM
I think they have a right to place a statue ;)
You can't favour one religion over another one.

Davian93
01-07-2014, 12:19 PM
Oklahoma...where free speech only exists if the majority agrees with it.

I think they should be allowed to put it in...and I think there should be a Pastafarian statue too.

Nazbaque
01-07-2014, 12:33 PM
Hmmm... Is patriotism a religion? It's got all the signs, the places of forship, the extreme fanatics that give it a bad name, sins, comandments, holy writings, icons, dogma, priests etc.

So if not, why not?

Khoram
01-07-2014, 03:16 PM
So they're building a statue of Frenzy? :p

Nazbaque
01-07-2014, 03:46 PM
So they're building a statue of Frenzy? :p

Nah that would be squirrels not satanists and the cost would be in nuts not dollars.

Khoram
01-07-2014, 04:53 PM
Nah that would be squirrels not satanists and the cost would be in nuts not dollars.

The squirrels could be controlling these "satanists". ;)

Frenzy
01-08-2014, 01:31 AM
Someone rep Khoram for me. it won't let me.

Tomp
01-08-2014, 04:24 AM
So they're building a statue of Frenzy? :p

No, that would be nuts. :D

Nazbaque
01-08-2014, 10:22 AM
Someone rep Khoram for me. it won't let me.

Done! Now negotiate the price or I'll have your guts for garters!

Khoram
01-08-2014, 02:24 PM
Done! Now negotiate the price or I'll have your guts for garters!

Pleasing Frenzy should be more than enough reward.

No? :p

Nazbaque
01-08-2014, 03:08 PM
Pleasing Frenzy should be more than enough reward.

No? :p

It's more that a displeased Frenzy is something to be avoided but I am a Finn and I've got to demand a price.

Also I couldn't resist a DW-WOT crossover pun.

Dragon Thief
01-08-2014, 07:06 PM
Pleasing Frenzy should be more than enough reward.

With that kind of attitude, she'll turn you into a cucumber.

Khoram
01-08-2014, 10:39 PM
With that kind of attitude, she'll turn you into a cucumber.

Memo to Frenzy: I would rather not be turned into any elongated green fruit-turned-vegetable, thanks.

DahLliA
01-09-2014, 04:44 AM
Well. If their goal was to highlight hypocrisy I think they're gonna succeed :p