It was a brilliant plan: To fight a monument to the Ten Commandments on the grounds of the Oklahoma state capitol, the Satanic Temple demanded that the state accomodate their beliefs as well. The organization designed a statue of Baphomet, a goat deity associated with the occult, and proposed to install it on the capitol grounds. If a Christian (or Judeo-Christian) monument can occupy government grounds, the Satanic Temple argued, then the government must allow tributes to other faiths.
The Oklahoma Supreme Court has ordered the removal of the Ten Commandments sculpture, and although the Governor and legislature have vowed to resist the ruling, sculptor Mark Porter’s one-ton statue of Baphomet, now completed and standing 9 feet tall, lacks an immediate purpose or destination.
Barring further complications, the staue will be unveiled July 25 in Detroit, although Satanic Temple founder Lucien Greaves says it won’t stay there. It may be used as a weapon in the fight against the planned installation of a Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the Arkansas state capitol.
But these are “may”s and “might”s — really, nobody is sure what will happen to this thing. It is awfully freaking awesome, though. If you have a location where you think the statue of Baphomet might serve its purpose for the betterment of secular humanity (this would probably rule out your back yard), run it by the Satanic Temple.
A note regarding the “Satanism” of the Satanic Temple — it’s really more of an anti-religion. The New York Times reported on the organization’s efforts, and said that Greaves “like [co-founder Malcolm] Jarry, is an ‘atheistic Satanist,’ meaning that he no more believes in a literal Satan than he does in a literal God, he finds special meaning in Satanism, which represents to him the solidarity of outsiders, those judged and excluded by the mainstream.”