The Republican-controlled Legislature in this state known as the buckle of the Bible Belt authorized the privately funded Ten Commandments monument in 2009, and it was placed on the Capitol grounds last year despite criticism from legal experts who questioned its constitutionality. The Oklahoma chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit seeking its removal.
But the New York-based Satanic Temple saw an opportunity. It notified the state's Capitol Preservation Commission that it wants to donate a monument and plans to submit one of several possible designs this month, said Lucien Greaves, a spokesman for the temple.
"We believe that all monuments should be in good taste and consistent with community standards," Greaves wrote in letter to state officials. "Our proposed monument, as an homage to the historic/literary Satan, will certainly abide by these guidelines."
We now get to watch the noted Constitutional experts of the right, including the Xtians, explain to us how this doesn't count as freedom of religion because it doesn't so shut up.
(And needless to say: Hail Satan (worshippers)!)
ADDED: This has reminded me of my favorite Oklahoma experience: many a year ago I was driving east on Interstate 40 at night when I happened upon a large roadside billboard, "paid for by The Clinton Chamber of Commerce", that read: Welcome to Clinton, Oklahoma! Beneath that this sentence: Unmarried Couples Stay on Highway.