Jan 06 2014

Proposed Oklahoma Satanist Monument Is Really Quite Gorgeous

Though they’re looking for permission,
They’ve not quite received it yet;
But the Satanists’ new statue—
The goat-headed Baphomet—
Is more stunning than the Decalogue
Of simple, stark, black granite
By the Oklahoma capitol,
The place where they began it

If it’s deemed a public forum
Baphomet will find a spot
Just as public, to be legal,
As the one the Christians got
And the icing on the cake, you see,
The feather in their cap—
When the people come to visit
They can sit on Satan’s lap.

If the monument’s rejected
(Why they might, I cannot say)
Then, of course, the Ten Commandments
Should not, can not, must not stay:
Though a monument of Baphomet
Quite frankly, looks like fun…
Soon the place could get quite crowded,
And it must be all… or none.

Via Hemant, it seems the Satanic Temple has unveiled their proposed monument, to sit beside the black granite decalogue in Oklahoma City, at the capitol. Some sources are referring to it as a statue of Satan, others to a statue of Baphomet… it’s far more aesthetically pleasing than the old Ten Commandments monument. And, frankly, much more than the atheist bench in Florida.

Still, though, I would rather have a nice empty lawn–someplace the dogs can run.

Proposed Statue of Baphomet, the goat-headed deity.

Image credit: the Satanic Temple


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  1. 1

    Yeah that it is definitely awesome. So ridiculous you have to love it.

    It would get destroyed inside of a week, though. We should start a pool on how long it lasts if it ever goes up.

  2. 2
    chigau (違う)

    The Others are using the ProtestantHeretic version of The ‘Ten’ Commandments so they’re all going to Hell anyway.

  3. 3

    Yeah, Chigau… I always wondered which side of the we’re-all-christian/die-heretic-scum continuum such things fall on, and assumed that context was everything. A cross is a cross is a cross, when the atheists want one removed, but some 20-odd different crosses to choose among (and be offended by the wrong choice) for individual headstones at Arlington.

    Which version of the ten commandments? Which version of the Lord’s Prayer? Which hymns (or “praise music”)?

    Ah, unity.

  4. 4
    Marcus Ranum

    I’d happily contribute my hard earned to such a lovely statue

  5. 5

    The Indiegogo site is here, then, Marcus Ranum:

    They are over half way there at present., over $13K of $20K wanted.

  6. 6
    K. Sturgess

    IT’S SO CUTE! MR FRIENDLY SANTA GOAT! I want one for my yard.

  7. 7
    Crimson Clupeidae

    Epic troll is epic. I’ll have to see if I can shake loose a donation if this gets approved. Maybe this will be like all the existing 10C monuments donated by the FOE back in the 50s, and we can get these all over. I’m partial to Ganesh, can we get at least one of those?

  8. 8

    1. A heavy insurance policy should be part of the fundraising, with plenty of publicity that any damage done will be considered a monetary donation to the Satanists.

    2. Suppose we could get them to design the next American Atheists monument? They got flair.

  9. 9

    I knew it reminded me of someone…needs a bathrobe, though.


  10. 10

    Ha! Yeah, Rf, I remember that–it was part of the inspiration for this:

  11. 11
    Gregory in Seattle

    It’s my understanding that the Temple of Satan was created to challenge the Christian privilege of public fora in exactly this way: if you allow one religion, you must allow all, even Satanists. I have no idea if they really are Satanists, but I do enjoy their approach.

  12. 12

    I agree, there should be quite an insurance policy on this statue if erected. I’d also go for a webcam so we can watch the TrueChristians sinning when they try to harm the statue.

  13. 13

    They’re within a grand of their fundraising goal. :)

  14. 14

    Oh, hexidecima, how about webcams built into the eyes, and a remotely-triggered voice saying “I’m WATCHING you…”

  15. 15

    Satan should have a basket of candy and a puppy in his lap to tempt the children.

  16. 16
    Marcus Ranum

    Satan should have a basket of candy


  17. 17

    It’ll never be approved, it’s just too wonderful. I’ve never heard of Baphomet but I’d love to see a monument to The Great God Pan as well. There’s a magical drawing in the original edition of Kenneth Grahame’s Wind in the Willows chapter VII ‘The Piper at the Gates of Dawn‘ with Pan reclining against a tree that would make a captivating sculpture. It’s curious (not) that this chapter is left out of some modern editions.

    Better than yet another sterile torture instrument anyhow!

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