Here's the Statue Satanists Want at Oklahoma Capitol

They've raised more than $17K toward their $20K goal

By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff | Suggested by Ghille

Posted Jan 7, 2014 9:49 AM CST | Updated Jan 11, 2014 7:00 PM CST

(Newser) – A Ten Commandments monument has stood outside Oklahoma's Capitol building since 2012, and a New York-based group would like to see it joined by another statue, so that "people of all ages may sit on the lap of Satan." That's right: The Satanic Temple has formally submitted its application to the panel that oversees the Capitol grounds, and that application includes an artist's rendering, reports the AP. The group is proposing a 7-foot statue of Baphomet, a horned goat-headed figure sitting on a pentagram-adorned throne with two smiling children next to him, which it believes will "serve as a beacon calling for compassion and empathy among all living creatures," Raw Story reports.

"By accepting our offer, the good people of Oklahoma City will have the opportunity to show that they espouse the basic freedoms spelled out in the Constitution," the crowdfunding campaign reads. So could the statue—which doubles as a chair—really happen? Oklahoma late last month enacted a temporary ban on new monuments outside the Capitol building, but a rep for the group maintains it entered its submission before the ban was filed, so it should still count, reports the Verge. As for funding, more than $25,000 has been raised for the project on Indiegogo, exceeding the $20,000 goal with seven days still left. Oklahoma's is not the first Ten Commandments monument to inspire protest.

This artist's rendering shows a proposed monument that the Satanic Temple wants to place at the Oklahoma state Capitol.   (AP Photo/Satanic Temple)
In this Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, file photo, a Ten Commandments monument erected outside the Oklahoma state Capitol is shown in Oklahoma City.   (AP Photo/Sean Murphy, File)
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