On Monday, the Oklahoma Supreme Court rejected an attempt by Mary Fallin, the Republican governor of the state, to reconsider its earlier ruling that the presence of the Ten Commandments monument on the capital grounds violated the state constitution and had to be removed, with the chief justice John Reif writing, “We carefully consider the arguments of the commission and find no merit warranting a grant of rehearing.”
Fallin says she is still exploring her legal options and has not received a direct order yet to remove the monument. Maybe she is waiting for god to tell her. She may also be considering the advice of Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association who says that the courts have got it all wrong about the US constitution and the intent of the drafters of that document did not allow for the regulation of religious expression, gave Christianity a special place, and provides no cover for Satanists.
Meanwhile, the statue of Baphomet, that the Satanic Temple unveiled in Detroit and was originally intended to balance the Oklahoma Ten Commandments monument, may instead be headed to the Arkansas State House to serve a similar purpose, because of plans to install a biblical statue there.
Maybe Baphomet could become kind of a roving ambassador for the idea that religion should not have a special place in a democratic society, by traveling from place to place wherever people are trying to create a privileged place for their religion.
Baphomet could become the latest superhero, fighting the scourge of religious exclusivity and advocating for religiously neutral societies the world over.