You know what makes for a great town centre? A nice big statue of Baphomet, AKA Lucifer, AKA the Antichrist. That's sure to brighten up any passerby's day. Thank God...er...thank Belial then that Oklahoma City are considering erecting one to sit alongside a monument to the 10 Commandments.
That 10 Commandments monument is at the heart of the bizarre application for the Satan effigy. Last year, the city allowed the Christian statue to be erected, causing an outcry over alleged religious favouritism from major and minor faiths equally.
One such protest has seen a New York-based Satanic temple apply for permission to erect a 7-foot tall, goat-headed monument outside the Oklahoma Statehouse, complete with smiling children looking adoringly up at the devil. Satanic spokesperson Lucien Greaves said that:
The statue will serve as a beacon calling for compassion and empathy among all living creatures. 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.
For the most part, it seems like one big wind-up intended to highlight the alleged religious favouritism present at the heart of the local authorities. (It's worth noting that alongside the Satanic monument, there have been other applications for statues by everyone from Hindu groups to Pastafarians). However, the Satanists have said that they're halfway towards crowdfunding the £12,000 work, suggesting their intentions may not be entirely tongue-in-cheek. Though, with a moratorium on planning permission requests still trying to figure out the legality of the 10 Commandments statue, it may end up that no religious monuments of any kind are allowed. [CBS News via UsVsTh3m]