“The Satanic Temple, an established New York City-based religious organization, has offered to donate a public monument to Oklahoma’s Capitol Preservation Commission for display upon Oklahoma City’s capitol grounds. Described as an ‘homage’ to Satan, the purpose of the monument is to complement and contrast the Ten Commandments monument that already resides on the North side of the building. The donation offer has been submitted and is currently awaiting the commission’s reply.”
— From a statement released by the Satanic Temple, which has now filed the necessary paperwork with the state of Oklahoma to erect a monument next to the 10 Commandments monument on the statehouse grounds
The important thing to keep in mind whenever you hear people raging against the exclusion of prayer in schools or religious symbolism within government institutions is this: they’re only angry that Christianity is being given the short-shrift. I’m not divulging state secrets here by saying that when it’s, for example, an Islamic temple that wants protection or special dispensation by the law, the usual aggrieved parties fighting to blur the line between religion and the government are nowhere to be found. This is what they don’t understand: that when you screw with the division between church and state, an obvious byproduct is that you don’t just open the door to one religion in the public sphere — you open the door to all of them, even those you think are leading people down the path to hell.
Which brings us back to possibly the greatest organized ongoing troll campaign in existence, the Satanic Temple. Their plan, in keeping with legislation passed in 2009 that allowed for the Christian memorial, is to create a monument to Satan and put it within spitting distance of the infamously misspelled 10 Commandments rock on the Capitol steps. Technically, if the state doesn’t approve the Satanic monument, which may include an interactive display — you know, for kids — it’ll have shot holes in its own legislation. I’m not sure any of that will matter, though; they’ll figure out a way to deny the Satanists their counterpart memorial, hypocrisy be damned. This is, after all, Oklahoma we’re talking about. Stay tuned, I guess.
By the way, the teachings of Anton LaVey sound quite a bit like those of Ayn Rand, with Satanism really being nothing more than objectivism in its purest form and taken to its logical conclusion. Take LaVey’s work, throw in a little more aristocratic self-pity and laughably pompous and overindulgent sermonizing and, surprise, you’ve got Rand’s entire oeuvre. Although LaVey was cuddlier.
Chez Pazienza was the beating heart of The Daily Banter, sadly passing away on February 25, 2017. His voice remains ever present at the Banter, and his influence as powerful as ever.