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Will Satanic Temple monument idea move forward?

Associated Press via Lucien Greaves and The Satanic Temple
An artistic rendering of the proposed monument to Satan, desired by the Satanic Temple. If approved, it would appear on the grounds of the Oklahoma State Capitol
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OKLAHOMA CITY – With a pencil-drawing that makes Satan look like a benevolent, horned, cloven-hoofed grandpa, the Satanic Temple, led by Lucien Greaves, has released an artistic rendering of the graven image they hope will soon share space at the Oklahoma State Capitol, alongside the 10 Commandments monument.

“The monument has been designed to reflect the views of Satanists in Oklahoma City and beyond,” Greaves said in a statement released Tuesday by the Associated Press.

With a smiling boy and girl both looking adoringly at the seated Sabbatic Goat Baphomet (most associated with the dualistic, male/female image created by 19th century occultist Eliphas Levi) and the image that inspired “The Devil” card in the well-known Rider-Waite Tarot deck, which we have here in the Red Dirt Report library. It is a combination of the Tarot Devil card and the he-goat worshiped in the ancient Egyptian city of Mendes.

In the Tarot version, instead of a smiling boy and girl, there are two humanoid demons – one male and another female, chained to his seat. The satyr-like Baphomet holds one hand up and another down in the Tarot version and in the Satanic Temple monument rendering as well. This is the Hermetic principle of “as above, so below.”

The Satanic Temple’s artistic rendering also features a pentagram on the back of Satan’s throne, looking very similar to the downward-looking, pentagram-like “stars” on the Republican Party’s red, white and blue elephant logo, curiously enough.

As Levi said in his book Transcendental Magic:: “A reversed pentagram, with two points projecting upwards, is a symbol of evil and attracts sinister forces because it overturns the proper order of things and demonstrates the triumph of matter over spirit.”

Greaves noted that if Satanic monument goes forward, as they hope, the statue will have “a functional purpose as a chair where people of all ages may sit on the lap of Satan for inspiration and contemplation.”

Interestingly, English occultist Aleister Crowley took on the name “Baphomet” when he became of the Outer Heard of the Order for the Ordo Templi Orientis. There is a branch of the O.T.O. here in Oklahoma City and, as we have noted, Satanists are active in the metro.

Greaves and his New York-based group of Satanists were hopeful, in light of the placement of the 10 Commandments monument at the Capitol in 2012, that a monument to the Dark Lord would be approved as well (although the Oklahoma City branch of the American Civil Liberties Union is suing to have it removed). And, if it was not, Greaves noted, then the legislature is simply a bunch of hypocrites who embrace Christian supremacy. As the blog-hating State Rep. Earl Sears (R-Bartlesville) told the AP, the Satanic Temple’s efforts are “an insult to the good people of the state.”

And mustachioed Don Armes, a rural, Republican legislator from Faxon, essentially admitted that many Oklahomans are intolerant of non-Christian beliefs when he told the AP: “I think we need to be tolerant of people who think different than us, but this is Oklahoma, and that’s not going to fly here.”

However, with more and more requests to have monuments placed at the Capitol, the overwhelmed Capitol Preservation Commission has placed a moratorium on any new monuments at this time, including suggestions from animal-rights activists and atheistic adherents of the comical Flying Spaghetti Monster.

This news of a moratorium bummed out Rajan Zed, president of the Universal Society of Hinduism. They had wanted to pay for a statue of the monkey god Hanuman.

So, in a press release sent to Red Dirt Report in late December, Zed noted, “Hindus are heartbroken over the reported declaration of Oklahoma Capitol Preservation Commission of a moratorium erecting new monuments on Oklahoma Capitol grounds.

Zed further said that Christian, Buddhist, Jewish and Baha’i leaders; United Church of Christ pastor Richard L. Smith, Buddhist priest Jikai' Phil Bryan, Jewish Rabbi ElizaBeth Webb Beyer and Baha’i teacher Mary Jo Adams respectively; had already backed the proposed bid of Hindus of erecting a statue of Lord Hanuman on the Oklahoma State Capitol grounds.

Rajan Zed also pointed out that besides honoring the Hindus living in Oklahoma, this Lord Hanuman statue, which they planned to make big and weather-proof, would raise awareness of Oklahomans about Hinduism.

“Hindus greatly revere and worship Lord Hanuman, who is known for incredible strength and was a perfect grammarian," Zed said. "Moksh (liberation) is the ultimate goal of Hinduism."

Meanwhile, Greaves and the Satanic Temple says they are “moving forward one way or another” with their plans for the $20,000 monument, of which they have raised $10,000 already. This stubborn determination does not come as a surprise, considering Greaves made this statement under the ambitious and resolute sign of the Zodiac - Capricorn (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19). 

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