OOPS….. – Conservatives in Oklahoma may have unwittingly opened the door to a wide range of religious groups, including satanists, Atheists, and Muslims who are seeking to put their own statue next to a Ten Commandments monument on the Statehouse steps.
Their Republican-controlled Legislature known as the buckle of the Bible Belt authorized the monument to be built despite warnings of legal experts who told them it is un-constitutional. The Oklahoma chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit seeking its removal.
But New York’s Satanic Temple saw this as a perfect opportunity to build their own monument which must be allowed. Spokesmen for the Temple Greaves said “one potential design involves a pentagram, a satanic symbol, while another is meant to be an interactive display for children. He said he expects the monument, if approved by Oklahoma officials, would cost about $20,000.“Rep. Mike Ritze, R-Broken Arrow, who helped pay for the Ten Commandments monument declined to comment. “These Conservatives helped the Satanic agenda more then they possibly could on their own.” Greaves said.
Conservatives seem to be calling their bluff calling them nuts and plan to refuse their right to participate.
Brady Henderson, legal director for ACLU Oklahoma, said “if state officials allow one type of religious expression, they must allow alternative forms of expression, although he said a better solution might be to allow none at all on state property.“We would prefer to see Oklahoma’s government officials work to faithfully serve our communities and improve the lives of Oklahomans instead of erecting granite monuments to show us all how righteous they are,” Henderson said. “But if the Ten Commandments, with its overtly Christian message, is allowed to stay at the Capitol, the Satanic Temple’s proposed monument cannot be rejected because of its different religious viewpoint.”