The New York-based Satanic Temple on Monday submitted its designs for a monument that it aims to have placed at the Oklahoma Capitol next to the Ten Commandments. The sculpture will feature a 7-foot-tall goat-headed creature, Baphomet, as Satan, which will be flanked by two adoring children – one boy and one girl – smiling as they look up to the creature that will be large enough so that tourists can sit in its lap.
Lucien Greaves, the spokesman for New York’s Satanic Temple, told The Christian Post on Tuesday that the organization wanted to include children in the sculpture because they are “very concerned for children’s rights and child welfare.”
“We are looking to take up the fight against corporal punishment in schools, which is still allowed in 19 states, sometimes results in children’s admission into hospital emergency rooms, and has no beneficial effect, according to any credible empirical research. We hope that today’s children can grow up in enriching environments that cultivate their curiosity, and divorced from the damaging and divisive demonologies of the past,” Greaves asserted.
As of Tuesday afternoon, the Satanic Temple had already raised $19,834 of its $20,000 goal to fund the process of sculpting their monument to Satan.
Last month, the organization sent a letter to Oklahoma officials expressing its interest in erecting the sculpture that proposes to be a “homage to the historic/literary Satan.”
In the letter, Greaves also accuses Republican state Rep. Mike Ritze of “helping a satanic agenda grow more than any of us possibly could,” because he has privately funded the Ten Commandments display that sits outside the state’s capitol. The Ten Commandments monument, however, was also approved by the Oklahoma legislature in 2009.