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.
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.