If the Commandments aren't replaced the Satanists won't attempt to install their monument, goddamnit.
Last night an Oklahoma man who reportedly heard voices in his head drove a car into the Ten Commandments monument at the Oklahoma State Capitol building. As you can see in the picture below from Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, he got it pretty good.
If this had been any other Ten Commandment monument on any other government property I probably wouldn't care about this news. Hell, I might even like it. But because this guy rammed into the larger-than-life tablets standing on the Oklahoma Capitol building grounds, the likelihood of the Satanic Temple's Baphomet monument becoming a reality is in jeopardy. If you recall, the hell beast, which we published the first pictures of in May, was specifically designed for the Capitol building as a response to the Ten Commandments. The Baphomet was meant to serve as a counterweight to the Commandments and a symbol of religious tolerance. Were it installed today, it would just be a ridiculously wicked statue standing all on its own, and that's not what Satanic Temple spokesperson Lucian Greaves wants.
In a statement issued a couple of hours ago, Greaves said, "The Satanic Temple will not seek to erect its monument unless the 10 Commandments is restored. Oklahoma City has the option to wait until the ACLU's case regarding the legal status of the 10 Commandments is resolved before it permits its replacement. However, if the 10 Commandments is immediately reconstructed, our monument will be ready for unveiling quite soon."
The ACLU's case against the Commandments, filed in August of 2013, was based on their belief in a "constitutional prohibition on using state property to support particular religions or sects." Last month a judge in Oklahoma county ruled that the biblical tablets were constitutional. The ACLU responded by taking the matter up as an appeal with the state's Supreme Court.
But none of these legal battles matter if the Commandments aren't rebuilt, and, more importantly, the Baphomet will never make its way down to Oklahoma. Thankfully, Governor Fallin is committed to helping resurrect the monument.
According to Fox 25, "Governor Mary Fallin today condemned the violence against the Ten Commandments Monument at the Oklahoma State Capitol and volunteered to help raise private funds to restore it."
For his part, the man suspected of crashing into the tablets was arrested today by the Secret Service after showing up at the Oklahoma City Federal Building and threatening Obama. He also claimed Satan told him to run over the monument, and that he took a piss on it before mowing it down, which is actually pretty fucking metal. He is currently at Oklahoma County medical facility.
You can read the Satanic Temple's statement on the incident below. In the meantime let's all hope the Commandments make a comeback so the Baphomet can find a home in Oklahoma City.
The Satanic Temple Publicly Condemns 10 Commandment Monument Destruction in Oklahoma
Following reports that a stolen car was driven into the 10 Commandments monument in Oklahoma City, The Satanic Temple condemns the action as "deplorable"
This morning, October 24, The Satanic Temple (TST) received reports that a driver in a stolen car rammed into the 10 Commandments monument at the Oklahoma state Capitol and fled the scene. As of this writing all that seems to be known of the culprit, now in custody, is that he is bi-polar, claims to have been motivated by voices in his head, and he allegedly identifies himself as a Satanist. Expressing concern for the individual's apparent mental illness, TST spokesperson, Lucien Greaves, also wasted no time in assuring the public that such rogue, destructive actions enjoy no support whatsoever from the Temple.
Greaves states, "The Satanic Temple was appalled to learn of the act of destructive vandalism laid upon the 10 Commandments monument in Oklahoma today. As many are aware, we are seeking to have a Satanic monument erected alongside the 10 Commandments -- and only alongside the 10 Commandments. We do not want our monument to stand alone. If our monument stands at the state Capitol, we want it to compliment and contrast the 10 Commandments, with both standing unmolested as a testament to American religious freedom and tolerance. We hope that by respecting religious liberty in allowing our monument to be displayed, Oklahoma will help ameliorate any animosity between differing perspectives, not cultivate them."
"Ever since we began construction on our statue of Baphomet, we have received many angry letters from self-identified Christians who have sworn to destroy our monument immediately following its erection. We have also received no small amount of letters of support from self-identified Christians who approve of our efforts to assert our American Constitutional values of religious liberty. Zealots, acting under the label of any religion, are zealots just the same, and we hope everyone realizes how crass and deplorable even the suggestion of actions, such as that witnessed today, are. Reports currently maintain that the culprit was acting at the behest of voices in his head, and his actions seem to be a product of personal disturbance. Vandalism finds no support within the Satanic community."
"To be clear, The Satanic Temple will not seek to erect its monument unless the 10 Commandments is restored. Oklahoma City has the option to wait until the ACLU's case regarding the legal status of the 10 Commandments is resolved before it permits its replacement. However, if the 10 Commandments is immediately reconstructed, our monument will be ready for unveiling quite soon."
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