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And so, if Christians can have a Ten Commandments display on the grounds of the Oklahoma state capitol, Satanists want space for a monument, too.
First up from the God Machine this week is a story out of Oklahoma, where state Republican officials were so eager to promote government-endorsed religious displays, they inadvertently opened the door to religious monuments they really wont like.
A New York-based Satanic group plans to submit designs this month for a monument it wants to erect on the grounds of the Oklahoma state capitol.
The move comes after the states Republican legislature authorized a privately funded Ten Commandments monument to be placed on capitol grounds last year, according to the Associated Press. A spokesman for the New York-based Satanic Temple credited Oklahoma Rep. Mike Ritze (R) who championed and helped to fund the Commandments monument for clearing the path for his organization.
Hes helping a satanic agenda grow more than any of us possibly could, the spokesman, Lucian Greaves, said.You dont walk around and see too many satanic temples around, but when you open the door to public spaces for us, thats when youre going to see us.
In this case, the $20,000 Satanic monument on the grounds of the Oklahoma state capitol would, like the Ten Commandments display, be privately financed. Taxpayers wouldnt pay a dime all the Satanic Temple would need is comparable public space provided by the state legislature for the Christian monument in 2009.
ACLU Oklahoma has already reminded state officials that they cannot discriminate on the basis of religious viewpoints.
Which brings us back to the underlying principle we last discussed in July: in an open forum, the government cant play favorites. If the government is going to devote space to promoting one religious monument, celebrating the tenets of one faith, it cant deny space to other religions that expect equal treatment. Its easy to imagine the Oklahoma state capitol reserving space for everyone: Baptists, Buddhists, and the Bahai; as well as Sikhs, Scientologists, and Satanists.
There are, after all, no second-class Americans citizens when it comes to the First Amendment. If one group has the right to erect a monument, so does everyone else.
It seems likely that officials in Oklahoma will be less than enthusiastic about welcoming a permanent Satanic display to sit near the Ten Commandments display, but they probably should have thought this through before. They opened the door, and its going to get crowded as others walk through it.