OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Oklahoma may have unwittingly opened the door to a satanic statute when they approved a Ten Commandments monument for the Statehouse steps.
A spokesman for the New York-based Satanic Temple notified the state’s Capitol Preservation Commission that it wants to donate a statue to go next to the Ten Commandments monument. It’s planning to submit one of several possible designs this month. Spokesman Lucien Greaves says one potential design involves a pentagram.
The Legislature authorized the privately funded Ten Commandments monument in 2009. It was placed on the Capitol grounds last year, although legal experts who questioned its constitutionality. The Oklahoma chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit.
But Greaves says the move opened up a public space for the satanic group.