Church of Satan calls proposed monument "crude" and "pedophilic"


    The New York-based Satanic Temple released an artist's rendering of the monument Monday. The proposed monument features a horned demon sitting in a pentagram-adorned throne with children next to it. (Illustration courtesy of The Satanic Temple)

    As the debate over whether followers of Satan can build a monument to sit next to the Ten Commandments at the Capitol, another leader of Satanists is criticizing the monument.

    On Monday, the New York-based Satanic Temple released an artist's rendering of the monument which would be built next to the Ten Commandments at the Oklahoma Statehouse. The statue features a horned demon sitting in a pentagram-adorned throne with children next to it. A spokesman says the group has formally submitted its application to a panel that oversees the Capitol grounds.

    Friday, the high priest from the Church of Satan criticized the monument calling it "crude", "ugly", and "pedophilic":

    "The statue is crudely designed and ugly to me and seems pedophilic, since the caduceus between the goat's legs is a phallic symbol. Having children reaching towards a being with an exposed symbolic penis seems to imply that Satanism represents the same situation which has plagued the Roman Catholic and other Christian churches for some time: child abuse. The image appears to show the goat's left hand possibly caressing the male child. Revolting.

    You can read the entire statement from Magus Peter H. Gilmore by clicking here.

    The Satanic Temple announced plans to build the monument in early December saying the Ten Commandments monument opened the door for the construction.

    The commission issued the moratorium after several groups followed the Temple's lead late last year to seek a monument at the state Capitol. A Hindu leader in Nevada and the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals both put in requests for a monument on the state ground.

    The commission says it's waiting until a lawsuit over the Ten Commandments has been settled.

    State lawmakers are currently debating a bill that would build a monument to the Bill of Rights.

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