On Monday, a Satan statue design has been unveiled for the Oklahoma state Capitol. The statue is to be 7-foot-tall and it depicts Satan as Baphomet, the demon with a goat head and hooves. According to the Associated Press, the NY-based Satanic Temple, submitted the design formally, reflecting the views of Satanists on Oklahoma and beyond.
The Satanic Temple’s spokesman, Lucien Greaves, explains that the statue of Baphomet would not only be the reflection of Satan’s followers, but it will also have a practical purpose – “as a chair where people of all ages may sit on the lap of Satan for inspiration and contemplation.”
As expected, reactions weren’t held back. “I think you’ve got to remember where you are. This is Oklahoma, the middle of the heartland,” said Rep. Don Armes, R-Faxon, adding that even though people should be tolerant of other people’s different beliefs, “this is Oklahoma, and that’s not going to fly here.” Another legislator, Rep. Earl Sears, sees the Satanic Temple’s dare as “an insult to the good people of the state”, adding that he doesn’t see Satanism as a religion. “They have no place at the state Capitol”.
Graves says the group has raised almost half of the $20,000 needed to build the statue and they are moving forward “one way or another”.
On its website, the Satanic Temple depicts Satan as “the ultimate icon for the selfless revolt against tyranny, free & rational inquiry, and the responsible pursuit of happiness” and states that its goal is to “separate Religion from Superstition by acknowledging religious belief as a metaphorical framework with which we construct a narrative context for our goals and works.”