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Constitution Law Professor Plans to Build Satanic Temple in Oklahoma Print E-mail
by Tom McGregor    Mon, Dec 9, 2013, 07:20 PM

Some skeptical American voters believe that their elected leaders are doing the devil's work. So in that vain, a group of Yankee Satanists, based in New York City, have drawn up plans to build a temple to worship Satan nearby the state capitol in Oklahoma City.

The Houston Chronicle reports that, "Legislative leaders in Oklahoma sought to ease public concern Monday over a plan by a group of satanists to erect a monument at the state Capitol. Both House Speaker T.W. Shannon and Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman suggested that such a plan was far from a reality, and members of the committee that would need to approve the monument sounded skeptical. But a constitutional law professor says the state could be on legally questionable ground if it rejects the New York-based Satanic Temple's request to put an homage to Satan near a Ten Commandments monument that's already at the Capitol."

Lucien Greaves, a spokesman for the Stanic Temple, is quoted as saying that, "The whole point is that we're a religiously pluralistic society, so if there's going to be one, there will be others, or at least we will make the effort for such."

According to the Houston Chronicle, "The Associated Press reported Sunday about the Satanic Temple's plans to donate such a memorial. The Oklahoma Capitol Preservation Commission would have to approve such plans. "That's Oklahoma's house. It's not the Satanic club of New York's house," said Capitol architect Duane Mass, who serves on the commission."

Joseph Thai, a US Constitution professor at the University of Oklahoma, added, "The state can disown the Ten Commandment monument erected at the capitol with private funds as private speech, but then it cannot reject other privately donated religious monuments even a satanic one - on the basis of viewpoint."

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