The Great Satan Debate

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The Satanic church that applied for a permit to erect a monument to Satan next to the Ten Commandments monument at the Oklahoma state-capitol building has unveiled its proposed design. The 7-ft.-tall sculpture would feature Satan depicted in the form of Baphomet, a bearded, goat-headed, winged hominid with horns seated on a throne beneath a pentagram with two smiling children to either side.

In addition to representing the Satanic religion, the monument “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,” said Satanic Temple spokesperson Lucien Greaves.

Allowing the placing of a sculpture of Satan besides any symbol of the Abrahamic religions is akin to allowing the placing of a statue of Adolf Hitler next to a holocaust memorial. The people responsible for the Oklahoma state-capitol building should be concentrating on the removal of the original religious monument from its inappropriate position rather than contemplating for one moment the erection of such a deliberately malicious and offensive statue on their property.


The Great Satan Debate — 5 Comments

  1. And this is what happens when people advocate for religious icons (or prayer) in public places: It might not be YOUR religion or YOUR prayer.

  2. Why do goats get such bad press? Why can’t Satan be depicted as a wolf, or perhaps a televangelist?

    • I’ve lived with goats. They are more evil than sheep and wolves but not anywhere near as evil as horses or televangelists.

  3. It’s deeply creepy . . . but since it’s deliberately constructed with a “sauce for the gander” sarcasm, I’d say it’s LESS “malicious and offensive” than the original “Abrahamic” IDOL. [And no, it’s not “akin to allowing the placing of a statue of Adolf Hitler next to a holocaust memorial”. Imaginary personifications—even of Evil—are no way as heinous as the real thing.]