Oklahoma City’s capitol grounds has been an area riddled with controversy ever since the government approved the construction of a Ten Commandments monument there last year. The monument was donated by Mark Ritze, a state representative, and ultimately approved by state legislature. While the American Civil Liberties Union recently took legal action against the monument, arguing for its removal, another organization has taken a slightly different approach.
The Satanic Temple, a religious organization based in New York City, has “offered to donate a public monument to Oklahoma’s Capitol Preservation for Commission for display upon Oklahoma City’s capitol grounds,” according to Patheos. The monument would contrast with the existing monument, as it would be a “homage to Satan" rather than Christian imagery. The Satanic Temple is known for similar gestures that directly contradict the actions of Christian organizations, such as holding Satanic masses over the tombstone of Fred Phelps, the founder of the Westboro Baptist Church.
According to Satanic Temple spokesperson Lucien Greaves, the organization has already heard back from the Oklahoma government in some way.
“I can happily report that we have very recently heard back from the commission. The representative was extremely polite and friendly and sent us the form needed to accompany the design for our proposed monument. By accepting our offer, the good people of Oklahoma City will have the opportunity to show that they espouse the basic freedoms spelled out in the Constitution. We imagine that the ACLU would also embrace such a response,” Greaves said.
Greaves did not specify whether or not the government actually accepted their offer to donate a monument, although it’s unlikely that the monument would be approved. According to The Blaze, the group is going to allow the public to vote on various designs if the project is, indeed, approved.