Monument Would Invite Children to Sit in Satan’s Lap

The Satanic Temple has submitted designs for an interactive display to be erected on the grounds of the Oklahoma Capitol.

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Lucia Graves
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Lucia Graves
Jan. 6, 2014, 10:28 a.m.

The Satan­ic Temple has an an­swer to chil­dren who from time im­me­mori­al have been en­cour­aged to sit in Santa’s lap. They’re in­vit­ing them to sit in Satan’s.

The Satan­ic Temple on Monday form­ally sub­mit­ted its designs for a monu­ment it wants erec­ted at the Ok­lahoma Cap­it­ol. The dis­play has been craf­ted to “com­ple­ment” a Ten Com­mand­ments monu­ment that already resides on the north side of Ok­lahoma City’s Cap­it­ol build­ing. The Ten Com­mand­ments dis­play was spear­headed by state Rep. Mike Ritze, a Re­pub­lic­an rep­res­ent­ing Ok­lahoma’s 80th Dis­trict, and ap­proved by the con­ser­vat­ive-led Le­gis­lature in 2009.

“The statue will serve as a beacon call­ing for com­pas­sion and em­pathy among all liv­ing creatures,” wrote Lu­cien Greaves, a spokes­man for the Satan­ic Temple. “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 monu­ment is in­ten­ded to cel­eb­rate con­sti­tu­tion­al val­ues of re­li­gious free­dom and free ex­pres­sion, ac­cord­ing to Greaves, who called Satan­ism a “fun­da­ment­al com­pon­ent at the gen­es­is of Amer­ic­an liberty.”

The pro­posed monu­ment fea­tures a 7-foot-tall Bap­ho­met, a goat-headed creature which is some­times used as a stand-in for Satan. The de­mon’s lap, flanked by a smil­ing child on each side, will double as a seat for vis­it­ors. The back of the stone slab will dis­play a pas­sage from Lord Byron’s dra­mat­ic work, Cain, that reads:

Then who was the De­mon? He

Who would not let ye live, or he who would

Have made ye live forever, in the joy

And power of Know­ledge?

Satan­ists first wrote to the Ok­lahoma City Cap­it­ol Pre­ser­va­tion Com­mis­sion ex­press­ing their de­sire to donate a monu­ment in Novem­ber; they’ve raised more than $8,000 on In­diegogo to help pay for the monu­ment. The group hopes to raise $20,000 by Jan. 17. “We trust that this unique monu­ment will also prove a fa­vor­ite tour­ist at­trac­tion for Ok­lahoma’s Cap­it­ol for years to come,” Greaves said.

Ok­lahoma law­makers have re­jec­ted the no­tion thus far, say­ing Satan­ists should not be giv­en the same treat­ment as Chris­ti­ans.

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