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Oklahoma’s 10 Commandments To Get A Sister Memorial … From The Sata...

AUTHORNATHANIEL DOWNES DECEMBER 6, 2013 10:10 PM

Oklahomans Must Love That They Will Host The Satanic Temple's New Memorial

Remember the Satanic Temple, which performed a ritual to turn Fred Phelps’ dead ...? They are still at it, now in Oklahoma. The Satanic Temple has filed the papers to put up a memorial on statehouse grounds, next to the state’s display of the 10 Commandments. They are doing this by citing Okla.’s religious displays legislation, signed into law in 2009. And they are absolutely serious about it. According to their press release:

The Satanic Temple, an established New York City-based religious organization, has offered to donate a public monument to Oklahoma’s Capitol Preservation Commission for display upon Oklahoma City’s capitol grounds. Described as an “homage” to Satan, the purpose of the monument is to complement and contrast the Ten Commandments monument that already resides on the North side of the building. The donation offer has been submitted and is currently awaiting the commission’s reply.

The Satanic Temple Is Dead Serious About This.

When Patheos heard of this, they reached out to the temple, and had some questions answered. The statement boils down to the Satanic Temple’s willingness to embrace the new Republican-led insistence of religiously backed memorials, and they plan to take full advantage of it.

Earlier reports of the temple called them the Religious Yes Men. The irony is that the tenets of theChurch of Satan, founded by Anton LaVey in 1966, not only make this mix of satire and dogma plausible, they embrace it.

While none would consider Father Guido Sarducci a spokesperson for the Catholic Church, Satanists have no problem with getting its message out through any means possible. After all, the founding principles of Satanism can be found in the works of none other than Ayn Rand. If anything, Satanism isthe epitome, and the end-form of Ayn Rand’s Objectivism. With the popularity of Ayn Rand’s philosophy among the Republicans, including one-time GOP VP hopeful Paul Ryan, the idea of them rejecting the Satanic Temple’s monument is impossible to fathom. It would instead be a true affirmation to their love affair with selfishness.

Okla. brought the Satanic Temple upon itself.

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To celebrate Oklahoma’s new religious memorial laws, the Satanic Temple has filed the paperwork to put up a monument on the state capitol building’s lawn.

Okla., thanks to its argument for religious monuments on public display, now must accept the Satanic Temple and their memorial. The law allows them to put it right next to the 10 Commandments, if they so desire. Next week, who knows, perhaps the Satanic Temple will get the opportunity to name a new public school. It’s not like the state would be hypocrites who would only accept their own narrow religious views in direct violation of the .... Wouldn’t that be something to witness?

So, what is it going to be GOP? A memorial to 666 himself, courtesy of the Satanic Temple and its members in Okla., or a return to the tenets of this nation, with a wall of separation between Church and State. Because once you open up the gates, and let the flood of religion into the public commons, you can no longer control whose messages go out to the public.

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James, you're the best!

I expect there is an actual correlation of total volume of alcohol, to delusional thinking, sadly I figure that one more delusional is likely one more too many.

Just got back from my girl friends church Xmas dinner. After a very good potluck, we were given the 'Birth of Jesus' drama in seven acts to play out. I got to stand next to 'god', a rather tall fellow with a booming voice, to my less booming but with better diction! It was a feel kick. At the end I leaned over to my friend and said quietly,'don't you just wish we could send back a time travelor for very good video so we could stop making fools of each other'. It did come out ok, full stomack, lighter hearts, and colder behinds....

 

Oops!  I put just a link in my post.  Somewhere it was supposed to say. "from putting this on my Facebook page.  At least I can post it here."  after the "Somebody stop me..."

I should have said more, and I apologize.  My point was supposed to have been more about the lack of freedom I feel to post articles like that, which I thought was fantastic and made my day, on my Facebook page because of what it might do to others. 

Of course I am free to do it but it's not worth it to me.  I am grateful to have a place where I can talk about issues like this.  

It looks very much as though an unidentified moderator has simply copied the text of the original Addicting Info post.  I hope that's OK with whoever it is that runs Addicting Info, and that if it's not, Diane doesn't get the blame for it.

I edited it. As per the guidelines. http://www.thinkatheist.com/page/think-atheist-guidelines . 

I understand why it was done.  I just hope it didn't infringe a copyright.

The Church of Satan would be on my list if I were obligated to consider joining a religious group. They do not believe in god(s); consider 'herd conformity' one of their sins; and "Do not harm little children." is one of their satanic rules on earth. I can relate to all this.

They have unsavory tenets as well but so do mainstream religions.

What goes around comes around. I think the religious right will be licking their wounds before all this is over in Oklahoma. Time for some popcorn....

P.S.

Satanic Church spokesperson Lucien Greaves:

"We threaten to overturn a misguided sense of religious exceptionalism that has plagued the United States for a very long time."          -2 Thumbs Way Up

@Ed   'They do not believe in god(s);..'

Hum. I thought that Satanists did believe in 'god' perse, just that 'satan' was accendent.

Oh well. Pagans are not generally believers in 'satan', or 'god', but a polytheism. They can still indulge in unusual arts.

Nope.

Satanism = Athesits in costumes. (basically)

Here is a podcast by the Thinking Atheist where he interviews the head of the Church of Satan.

Regardless of what the Satanists believe or practice, the good, Christians citizens of Oklahoma are probably likely to think, logically, that Satanists worship Satan and that Satan himself has a hand in this action. 

I don't want anybody to get hurt, but I am loving this!  Who better to make them understand that the law applies, or should apply, to all religions? 

Indeed!

Let's not confuse Satanism in general with LeVey's Church of Satan, which (it seems to me) is rather misnamed.  I would have no desire to worship Satan (which one would think would be a requirement of a satanic church), but most of the "dogma" of this particular group is unobjectionable

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