Satanic Temple Wants Monument At Oklahoma State Capitol

Monday, December 9th 2013, 7:37 pm
By: News 9

A satanic monument next to the Ten Commandments. That could happen on the steps of the Oklahoma state capitol.

The New York based Satanic Temple notified the Capitol Preservation Commission it wants a monument and wants to submit the plans soon.

Erected just over a year ago, the Ten Commandments monument at the north end of the capitol stands alone. But a satanic temple wants equality at these steps.

According to the Associated Press, a representative of the Satanic temple said the Oklahoma government brought this on itself by erecting the Ten Commandments monument.

Brady Henderson with the Oklahoma ACLU agrees that if the state allows one religious expression, another has to be allowed as well.

Currently the ACLU has filed a lawsuit against the Capitol Preservation Commission saying the Ten Commandments Monument is in direct violation of Article 2 Section 5 in the state constitution, which states, "No public money or property shall ever be appropriated, applied, donated, or used, directly or indirectly, for the use, benefit, or support of any sect, church, denomination, or system of religion."

"If that monument is allowed to stay, then we don't see how the state cannot allow other religions whether is Satanism, Catholicism, Hindu... we don't think the state can pick and choose." Henderson said in response to the lawsuit.

Now, there were two other Supreme Court cases in which a church challenged the government over religious monuments. The court ruled in favor of the government. But the Oklahoma ACLU said it has a case because it's based on the state constitution.