So I guess they did it

You may remember the Ten Commandments monument sitting at the grounds of Oklahoma’s State Capitol building. Well today I have heard the news that a commission in Oklahoma has voted to finally remove the monument. Prior to this vote, the monument was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in June of this year, on the grounds that the state constitution did not allow for state property to be used for the benefit of religious belief, and it was decreed that the monument be removed before October 12th.

Naturally, I feel this is a great moment in the history of the cause of separation of church and state, but I also feel like it’s been something of a long time coming. One question I have personally is that if someone smashes the monument again, what would they do about it this time instead of reinstalling it.

So long Ten Commandments monument. You won’t be missed.

I suppose we have The Satanic Temple to think for this. If they hadn’t dared to propose their Satanic statue to go alongside the Ten Commandments, I don’t think many people would care about the fact that a monument designed to promote the Christian faith is sitting on the property of what is supposed to represent secular law. And as bold and gallant as the idea of a statue representing Satanism is, I think it’s likely they proposed it because they know that most people are uncomfortable with supporting Satanism, due to their own ignorance of Satanism, and because of this politicians would rather remove the Ten Commandments monument than support the inclusion of a Satanic monument. I’m not sure I like the Satanic Temple’s tactics very much, but they work, and now partly because of them that Ten Commandments monument will no longer stand on Oklahoma’s State Capitol building.

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7 responses to “So I guess they did it

  1. I was in this debate today about whether or not it is possible for us to truly separate church and state. After all, while we are built on the idea of freedom of religion, the culture we have developed upon as a western nation has been Christian. That being said, if our core principles as a culture stem from the rejection of nature because it was the tree that produced the fruit which tempted Adam and Eve into original sin, if we live in a culture that is STILL fighting for equal pay for women because they too can be blamed for original sin – how long will it take us to truly sever the ties between church and state?

  2. I think Satanic Temple has done great work in removing this monument that threatens the scared split between religion and state in the USA. The Christians will continue to push in any manner they can, their religion upon others.

  3. I have been back and forth with my opinion of the Satanic Temple over the years. On one hand they play on the ignorance and fear that many have of Satanism, which doesn’t do practitioners a whole lot of good, but on the other, they get shit done that needs to be done and despite how they do it, the message they leave behind is something I agree with. I think you are right, they had to know the Baphomet statue would never actually get put up, I think they were just giving the Christians who hold sway over our laws a taste of their own medicine. Someone sent me this link not long ago. It’s over a year old now but it includes a “prayer” written by their spokesperson. I thought you might find it interesting if you haven’t seen it already, I was pleasantly surprised honestly.

    “Let us stand now, unbowed and unfettered by arcane doctrines born of fearful minds in darkened times. Let us embrace the Luciferian impulse to eat of the Tree of Knowledge and dissipate our blissful and comforting delusions of old. Let us demand that individuals be judged for their concrete actions, not their fealty to arbitrary social norms and illusory categorizations. Let us reason our solutions with agnosticism in all things, holding fast only to that which is demonstrably true. Let us stand firm against any and all arbitrary authority that threatens the personal sovereignty of One or All. That which will not bend must break, and that which can be destroyed by truth should never be spared its demise. It is Done. Hail Satan.”

    http://www.latimes.com/local/abcarian/la-me-ra-abcarian-scotus-20140505-column.html

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