Coming soon to the Oklahoma state capitol: Could it be … Satan?

posted at 1:21 pm on January 7, 2014 by Allahpundit

The group responsible for this is, apparently, sincerely Satanist, but the design is so ridiculous — “people of all ages may sit on the lap of Satan” — that it’s hard to believe it’s not just some unusually epic atheist trolling. Adding two kids to the design, admiring the Dark Lord on either side, was an especially nice touch. If they’re going to troll the entire state, they might as well have gone the whole nine yards and made it a statute of Cthulhu. Every nerd on the Internet would have been behind them then.

Which reminds me: Every state capitol should have a statue of Cthulhu.

The Satanic Temple maintains that the Oklahoma Legislature’s decision to authorize a privately funded Ten Commandments monument at the Capitol opened the door for its statue. The Ten Commandments monument was placed on the north steps of the building in 2012, and the Oklahoma chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has sued to have it removed.

Similar requests for monuments have been made by a Hindu leader in Nevada, an animal rights group and the satirical Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

In response, the Oklahoma Capitol Preservation Commission recently placed a moratorium on considering any new requests…

“I think you’ve got to remember where you are. This is Oklahoma, the middle of the heartland,” said Rep. Don Armes, R-Faxon. “I think we need to be tolerant of people who think different than us, but this is Oklahoma, and that’s not going to fly here.”

And so America waits and wonders: Will Oklahoma greenlight a monument that’s bound to attract every atheist, Goth, metalhead, and wise-ass within hundreds of miles for the requisite smartphone selfies? Does Oklahoma even have a choice? They put up a Ten Commandments monument, after all. In theory, for Establishment Clause reasons, that means they’re stuck having to allow other faith displays too.

Or … does it? The Supreme Court opinion to read here (it’s a short one, mercifully) is Pleasant Grove City v. Summum from 2009. In that case too, a private group had donated a monument of the Ten Commandments to the state for placement in a public park. Another religious group asked the city to display a monument to its faith in the same park; when the city refused, they sued. SCOTUS held (unanimously!) that the state is allowed to be selective in its choice of monuments. It can’t deny you your right to free speech in the park, but permanent displays like monuments are different from speech. What’s at stake here, wrote Justice Alito, is “government speech”:

Public parks are often closely identified in the public mind with the government unit that owns the land. City parks—ranging from those in small towns, like Pioneer Park in Pleasant Grove City, to those in major metropolises, like Central Park in New York City—commonly play an important role in defining the identity that a city projects to its own residents and to the outside world. Accordingly, cities and other jurisdictions take some care in accepting donated monuments. Government decisionmakers select the monuments that portray what they view as appropriate for the place in question, taking into account such content-based factors as esthetics, history, and local culture. The monuments that are accepted, therefore, are meant to convey and have the effect of conveying a government message, and they thus constitute government speech…

If government entities must maintain viewpoint neutrality in their selection of donated monuments, they must either “brace themselves for an influx of clutter” or face the pressure to remove longstanding and cherished monuments. See 499 F. 3d, at 1175 (McConnell, J., dissenting from denial of rehearing en banc). Every jurisdiction that has accepted a donated war memorial may be asked to provide equal treatment for a donated monument questioning the cause for which the veterans fought. New York City, having accepted a donated statue of one heroic dog (Balto, the sled dog who brought medicine to Nome, Alaska, during a diphtheria epidemic)7 may be pressed to accept monuments for other dogs who are claimed to be equally worthy of commemoration. The obvious truth of the matter is that if public parks were considered to be traditional public forums for the purpose of erecting privately donated monuments, most parks would have little choice but to refuse all such donations.

Monuments say something about the identity of the city or state that displays them, so naturally the city or state, through its representatives, gets to choose which ones to display. Pretty straightforward — except what if a state put up a monument that read “Christianity is the one true faith”? That would, no doubt, accurately reflect the view of most of its residents, but it’s hard to believe the Court would let it fly on Establishment Clause grounds. Alito says virtually nothing in his opinion about that. It falls to Scalia, in his concurrence, to argue that the Establishment Clause poses no problem either because the Court’s already ruled that the Ten Commandments has permissible secular historical and moral meanings in addition to its religious ones. It’s true, the Court did rule that in an earlier case — although without securing a five-vote majority for the holding. It was Breyer who joined with four conservative justices in that one, but he made clear that it was a close call that depended in part on the particular facts of how, and how long, a particular Ten Commandments monument was displayed. Would he come to the same conclusion in a case like Oklahoma’s? When the alternative is to force state capitols to host giant statues of demons with goat heads? I’m thinking … yeah, probably. And even if he didn’t, the remedy would be to force the state to take down its Ten Commandment monument, not to let the Satanists put up theirs. Which, I take it, is what the Satanists are aiming for in the first place.


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And it should be vandalized each day.

Akzed on January 7, 2014 at 1:24 PM

Erect a Predator statue watching over smaller statues of humans building the pyramids and I’ll support it.

What did you THINK those heads on Easter Island were looking at, the nice sunrise?

Bishop on January 7, 2014 at 1:27 PM

The land needs one in each capital, having started at the top.

Schadenfreude on January 7, 2014 at 1:27 PM

So,………this is what Change and Hope looks like!!

canopfor on January 7, 2014 at 1:27 PM

“And so America waits and wonders …”

No – anyone with a brain knows that this won’t be installed.

Pork-Chop on January 7, 2014 at 1:28 PM

I wonder,..will the nativity scene, at Christmas, be allowed
to be included also!!!

canopfor on January 7, 2014 at 1:29 PM

…JugEars will issue an executive order…and holder will enforce it!

KOOLAID2 on January 7, 2014 at 1:29 PM

And it should be vandalized each day.

Akzed on January 7, 2014 at 1:24 PM

I’d be shocked if it were not.

Shay on January 7, 2014 at 1:29 PM

Yep. I’m a nerd. I’ll go for a Cthulhu statue… and a SMOD one, too!

Turtle317 on January 7, 2014 at 1:29 PM

Is anyone else amused by this nonsense? I think its funny. Maybe that’s because I’m not especially religious and have a somewhat sick sense of humor.

But guys… does any of this really undermine your faith? Really?

The whole thing is an establishment clause pissing match that never should have happened. On this issue you are wrong. The stone tablet should not be in front of a court house. it is an overtly religious statement.

I wouldn’t want a giant star of David in front of the court house either. Or a big statue of the Buddha. Or Koranic runes… whatever.

This silly satanist statue is just political games. And its honestly pretty funny.

Just move the stone to a local church and try to avoid fights where you’re actually wrong.

Karmashock on January 7, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Looks more, like the LizardVoter Leader!

Hey,..i’m jus say’n!!

canopfor on January 7, 2014 at 1:30 PM

The children in the statue look… familiar.

“Barry, meet Hillary. Hillary, meet Barry. You two will work together to do my will in Washington, DC. I’d do it myself but I’m not evil enough to get in.”

raybury on January 7, 2014 at 1:31 PM

Yes, “Satanism” is and always has been epic trolling. Anton LaVey was the proto-troll to which all trolls owe credit.

3.14159 on January 7, 2014 at 1:32 PM

put a statue of Jesus next to it with plaque saying “This is our guy, that’s their guy. choose wisely.”

dmacleo on January 7, 2014 at 1:33 PM

Why is Satan giving everyone a Vulcan live long and prosper handsign?

Shy Guy on January 7, 2014 at 1:35 PM

And it should be vandalized each day.

Akzed on January 7, 2014 at 1:24 PM

That’s the plan. They would then sue because the city/state didn’t protect it. They also get to scream as victims of religious hate and intolerance. First amendment being trampled etc. If they were seriour they would have proposed a more tasteful monument.

Dr. Frank Enstine on January 7, 2014 at 1:36 PM

What’s that thing people like to say? Oh yeah. Freedom OF religion doesn’t mean freedom FROM religion.

Dan_Yul on January 7, 2014 at 1:36 PM

The land needs one in each capital, having started at the top.

Schadenfreude on January 7, 2014 at 1:27 PM

Thread winner.

gwelf on January 7, 2014 at 1:37 PM

Why is Satan giving everyone a Vulcan live long and prosper handsign?

Shy Guy on January 7, 2014 at 1:35 PM

The Vulcan sign is really a Jewish sign so maybe it a poke at the Jews.

Dr. Frank Enstine on January 7, 2014 at 1:38 PM

Currently living in Oklahoma City, I would be shocked if this actually goes through. I agree: their primary objective is to remove the Ten Commandments. If–for some weird and stupid reason–it actually goes through and this monstrosity gets installed, I can almost guarantee it will be severely damaged almost on a daily basis. I could then foresee there being guards placed around it to prevent such damage.

The Ten Commandments don’t bother me a whit. This statue, on the other hand…

jedijson on January 7, 2014 at 1:38 PM

Yes, “Satanism” is and always has been epic trolling. Anton LaVey was the proto-troll to which all trolls owe credit.

3.14159 on January 7, 2014 at 1:32 PM

There aren’t enough significant digits in your name for me to consider your comment significant.

NotCoach on January 7, 2014 at 1:39 PM

The Vulcan sign is really a Jewish sign so maybe it a poke at the Jews.

Dr. Frank Enstine on January 7, 2014 at 1:38 PM

It’s also the universal Catholic symbol of “blessing” or “benediction.”

jedijson on January 7, 2014 at 1:40 PM

Good opportunity for target practice.

Socratease on January 7, 2014 at 1:42 PM

My bad. I didn’t look closely before posting and the hand sign is not Jewish or Vulcan unless you are counting the Vulcan kissing/foreplay hand position which was shown in many a Trek show.

Dr. Frank Enstine on January 7, 2014 at 1:44 PM

So Hillary is announcing her run for the WH after all? OK seems like a strange place to announce and a using a statue instead of social media seems pretty odd. But whatevs.

HumpBot Salvation on January 7, 2014 at 1:44 PM

Makes sense for Satanists. Horns and goat feet are really from Hephaestus, or some other pagan religion. But that’s the point: if you really worship Satan you don’t want people to realize he is the most beautiful and charismatic creation of God. That would tend to make people shy away from charismatic leaders, and defeat their purpose.

Fenris on January 7, 2014 at 1:44 PM

Dog bowls with LOTS of water strategically placed adjacent.

MontanaMmmm on January 7, 2014 at 1:45 PM

Those crazy anti-theists satanist…

DethMetalCookieMonst on January 7, 2014 at 1:45 PM

HumpBot Salvation on January 7, 2014 at 1:44 PM

Pretty gutsy equating satan to HC. I’d play it safe and not insult satan in such a manner.

Dr. Frank Enstine on January 7, 2014 at 1:45 PM

There aren’t enough significant digits in your name for me to consider your comment significant.

NotCoach on January 7, 2014 at 1:39 PM

SourKrap is going to be mad when he sees that user name.

HumpBot Salvation on January 7, 2014 at 1:45 PM

*shrug* it’s what pressure groups do. Here’s my scenario:

1. Let them put the thing up, with tons of publicity. Tons.
2. Some other groups can put a bounty on the old goat.
3. “satanic” garden gnome antics commence!
4. Laugh.

RushBaby on January 7, 2014 at 1:45 PM

This is clearly those intolerant of traditional faith. Instead of filing suit over the display of a Judeo-Christian object in public, they’ve decided to propose something so offensive that the end result is the end of any public display of religion.

Happy Nomad on January 7, 2014 at 1:46 PM

“people of all ages may sit on the lap of Satan

I think these people are probably just dyslexic.

DethMetalCookieMonst on January 7, 2014 at 1:46 PM

The reaction to the satan statue is laughter and ridicule. Jesus already won and now people are making fun of the loser. I seriously doubt the state will allow this debacle.

Ellis on January 7, 2014 at 1:46 PM

Our nation’s laws are based on the Ten Commandments. The Ten Commandments are proudly displayed on the walls of the Supreme Court for just that reason. It’s a set of historical legal principles that have been recognized as such since the birth of the nation.

HotAirian on January 7, 2014 at 1:47 PM

Who wouldn’t pose next to it in a mocking way, especially if one walked past it on the way home from the bars?!? Oh, just me…never mind then.

nextgen_repub on January 7, 2014 at 1:48 PM

In today’s America, this doesn’t surprise me for a second.

When is the Federal Government going to get it over with and just rename America, Sodom?

Meople on January 7, 2014 at 1:48 PM

Is that a steer’s head under his loin cloth or is he just excited to be here?

Flange on January 7, 2014 at 1:49 PM

Anyone else suddenly in the mood to blast some Angel Witch \m/ ‘_’ \m/

DethMetalCookieMonst on January 7, 2014 at 1:50 PM

*shrug* it’s what pressure groups do. Here’s my scenario:

1. Let them put the thing up, with tons of publicity. Tons.
2. Some other groups can put a bounty on the old goat.
3. “satanic” garden gnome antics commence!
4. Laugh.

RushBaby on January 7, 2014 at 1:45 PM

Spritz it with sulfuric acid everyday. Shouldn’t take long before its deemed an environmental hazard and the state will be forced by EPA rules to remove it.

For the public good.

BobMbx on January 7, 2014 at 1:53 PM

I’m flashing back to that scene from the eighties Dragnet movie, “People Against Goodness And Normalcy” :P

Ukiah on January 7, 2014 at 1:54 PM

Allah, you must post this link…


OOOOOOO Fred’s got slacks. A masterpiece from the bowels of hell.

MontanaMmmm on January 7, 2014 at 1:54 PM

that doesn’t look anything like Nancy Pelosi….. *sheesh*

ted c on January 7, 2014 at 1:54 PM

… end result is the end of any public display of religion.

Happy Nomad on January 7, 2014 at 1:46 PM

And that is their ultimate goal.

Brat on January 7, 2014 at 1:55 PM

Meople on January 7, 2014 at 1:48 PM

I was thinking something along those lines. Such nonsense doesn’t undermine my faith in God, but it makes me fear for my country when we blatantly shake a fist in His face in the name of religious tolerance and “freedom.”

DrMagnolias on January 7, 2014 at 1:55 PM

Allah, you must post this link…

OOOOOOO Fred’s got slacks. A masterpiece from the bowels of hell.

MontanaMmmm on January 7, 2014 at 1:54 PM

Oops wrong link, the devil made me do it.

http://www.break.com/video/ugc/will-ferrell-writes-a-song-for-garth-brooks-384390

MontanaMmmm on January 7, 2014 at 1:56 PM

The reaction to the satan statue is laughter and ridicule. Jesus already won and now people are making fun of the loser. I seriously doubt the state will allow this debacle.

Ellis on January 7, 2014 at 1:46 PM

Perhaps if satan was displayed in a onesie.

Happy Nomad on January 7, 2014 at 1:56 PM

that doesn’t look anything like Nancy Pelosi….. *sheesh*

ted c on January 7, 2014 at 1:54 PM

I know! The horns are not nearly long enough.

Happy Nomad on January 7, 2014 at 1:58 PM

“people of all ages may sit on the lap of Satan”

Just prior to Christmas it could double as Krampus, parents of naughty kids could ask for certain punishments to be given out XD

Ukiah on January 7, 2014 at 1:58 PM

Apparently children dig Satan…

Pqlyur1 on January 7, 2014 at 1:58 PM

Blatant disregard for the historical culture of America by legal dimwit AP. If native americans want to put up a display of some religous symbol go ahead. But wiccans or Satanists have no similar standing.

Mormontheman on January 7, 2014 at 2:03 PM

And it should be vandalized each day.

Akzed on January 7, 2014 at 1:24 PM

I’d be shocked if it were not.

Shay on January 7, 2014 at 1:29 PM

Won’t God just take it out with a single lightning bolt?

verbaluce on January 7, 2014 at 2:05 PM

Sincerely Satanist…

Seriously?

Fallon on January 7, 2014 at 2:05 PM

This idol lacks a hammer&sickle and a closed fist, and is therefore not an accurate image of Lucifer.

nobar on January 7, 2014 at 2:07 PM

Now we know what AP looks like when he lets his hair down on the weekends.

RickB on January 7, 2014 at 2:07 PM

Won’t God just take it out with a single lightning bolt?

verbaluce on January 7, 2014 at 2:05 PM

Remember they are inviting you to sit on his lap.
Timing is key.

MontanaMmmm on January 7, 2014 at 2:07 PM

Why is Balphomet showing children what he does to a woman with his fingers and thumb?

DethMetalCookieMonst on January 7, 2014 at 2:08 PM

It’s also the universal Catholic symbol of “blessing” or “benediction.”

jedijson on January 7, 2014 at 1:40 PM

Hey, as I grow older I will take as much help as I can get.

antisense on January 7, 2014 at 2:09 PM

Will the woodland critters be celebrating their “christmas” there?

DethMetalCookieMonst on January 7, 2014 at 2:09 PM

I was thinking something along those lines. Such nonsense doesn’t undermine my faith in God, but it makes me fear for my country when we blatantly shake a fist in His face in the name of religious tolerance and “freedom.”

DrMagnolias on January 7, 2014 at 1:55 PM

…and has to use an increasingly hyperbolic interpretation of “establishment” to do so.

Axeman on January 7, 2014 at 2:12 PM

To truely be satanic any enscription on is must be backwords.

DethMetalCookieMonst on January 7, 2014 at 2:12 PM

Karmashock on January 7, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Hilarious comment, in light of what’s at the U.S. Supreme Court…

“The Moses frieze depicts him holding the Ten Commandments,…”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Supreme_Court_Building

cs89 on January 7, 2014 at 2:16 PM

Won’t God just take it out with a single lightning bolt?

verbaluce on January 7, 2014 at 2:05 PM

Remember they are inviting you to sit on his lap.
Timing is key.

MontanaMmmm on January 7, 2014 at 2:07 PM

Ha

verbaluce on January 7, 2014 at 2:16 PM

I give it a week before it ends up wearing a necklace made of explosives.

somewhatconcerned on January 7, 2014 at 2:19 PM

Proof that Balphomet is a pediphile.

DethMetalCookieMonst on January 7, 2014 at 2:20 PM

Proof that Balphomet is a pediphile.

DethMetalCookieMonst on January 7, 2014 at 2:20 PM

Shhhh…Harry Reid will want to erect one outside the entrance to the senate.

HumpBot Salvation on January 7, 2014 at 2:22 PM

The children in the statue look… familiar.

“Barry, meet Hillary. Hillary, meet Barry. You two will work together to do my will in Washington, DC. I’d do it myself but I’m not evil enough to get in.”

raybury on January 7, 2014 at 1:31 PM

Now thet thar is FUNNY, I don’t care who ya are….

dentarthurdent on January 7, 2014 at 2:26 PM

Comments at 66 just 600 more….

MontanaMmmm on January 7, 2014 at 2:26 PM

Wait a minute. That’s not Balphomet. It’s just Stevie Nicks…

DethMetalCookieMonst on January 7, 2014 at 2:28 PM

They totally ripped that off of a Dimmu Borgir album cover (the one after Death Cult Armeggedon).

DethMetalCookieMonst on January 7, 2014 at 2:29 PM

And even if he didn’t, the remedy would be to force the state to take down its Ten Commandment monument, not to let the Satanists put up theirs. Which, I take it, is what the Satanists are aiming for in the first place.

Freedoms a bitch.

Walter L. Newton on January 7, 2014 at 2:29 PM

Every state capitol should have a statue of Cthulhu.

Why, yes…..yes, they should.

cthulhu on January 7, 2014 at 2:31 PM

Shhhh…Harry Reid will want to erect one outside the entrance to the senate.

HumpBot Salvation on January 7, 2014 at 2:22 PM

Something needs to ward off stinky tourists.

Happy Nomad on January 7, 2014 at 2:31 PM

Wait a minute. That’s not Balphomet. It’s just Stevie Nicks…

DethMetalCookieMonst on January 7, 2014 at 2:28 PM

Hey now – doesn’t lokk anything like her – she was a real babe when she was younger – and I had the hots for her bad when I was a teenager….
Besides, as I recall she was supposedly just a witch, not a satanist – there is a difference.

dentarthurdent on January 7, 2014 at 2:32 PM

Hey now – doesn’t lokk anything like her – she was a real babe when she was younger – and I had the hots for her bad when I was a teenager….
Besides, as I recall she was supposedly just a witch, not a satanist – there is a difference.

dentarthurdent on January 7, 2014 at 2:32 PM

I was actually referencing a South Park joke where everyone thought that a goat was Stevie Nicks.

DethMetalCookieMonst on January 7, 2014 at 2:35 PM

I wonder if pigeons can be trained to crap, en masse, on a particular statue?

malclave on January 7, 2014 at 2:35 PM

Let me put it this way. I have Buckingham/Nicks on vinyl. I am a fan.

DethMetalCookieMonst on January 7, 2014 at 2:35 PM

Shouldn’t Sadam be next to him?

DethMetalCookieMonst on January 7, 2014 at 2:36 PM

Why is this even an issue?

Walter L. Newton on January 7, 2014 at 2:39 PM

I was actually referencing a South Park joke where everyone thought that a goat was Stevie Nicks.

DethMetalCookieMonst on January 7, 2014 at 2:35 PM

OK – I never saw that one.

dentarthurdent on January 7, 2014 at 2:39 PM

Last I checked our laws weren’t based on Satanism or a monument of Hillary brainwashing a couple of kids, our justice system was based on the 10 commandments, that’s why it’s there. It’s not there to promote a religion or anything else. If someone has a problem with this they are too caught up in their own narcissism to realize the truth of this countries founding… or they are a liberal.

saltydogg14 on January 7, 2014 at 2:40 PM

Let me put it this way. I have Buckingham/Nicks on vinyl. I am a fan.

DethMetalCookieMonst on January 7, 2014 at 2:35 PM

I don’t have any of those – but I do have several Fleetwood Mac albums on vinyl. Over time, I’ve become more a fan of Christine McVie’s singing – don’t care for Stevie’s solo voice.

dentarthurdent on January 7, 2014 at 2:42 PM

Last I checked our laws weren’t based on Satanism or a monument of Hillary brainwashing a couple of kids, our justice system was based on the 10 commandments, that’s why it’s there. It’s not there to promote a religion or anything else. If someone has a problem with this they are too caught up in their own narcissism to realize the truth of this countries founding… or they are a liberal.

saltydogg14 on January 7, 2014 at 2:40 PM

It’s a new empire – over the last 5 years…
I can’t tell, but does the satan goat have jugears?
Jus sayin’…..

dentarthurdent on January 7, 2014 at 2:44 PM

Jeepers, Satanists, get with the times. This is old school Satan. Everyone knows Satan now looks like Willem Dafoe trying to tempt you with a VW…

CaptFlood on January 7, 2014 at 2:52 PM

Yes, “Satanism” is and always has been epic trolling. Anton LaVey was the proto-troll to which all trolls owe credit.

3.14159 on January 7, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Someone gets it.

de rigueur on January 7, 2014 at 2:53 PM

Unless I missed it in the post (it is in the opinion, but it is worth mentioning because most aren’t going to read the whole thing), Alito also made the point in his opinion that the city in Pleasant Grove City v. Summum could refuse to accept a monument that would have a conflicting message or one that would be “appropriate for the place in question, taking into account such content-based factors as esthetics, history, and local culture.”

I remember reading this case in law school. Made for some very interesting discussion (being one of a small number of conservatives in an otherwise very liberal community is an interesting experience in itself!).

Othniel on January 7, 2014 at 2:56 PM

Perhaps it is time to send each and every Democratic office holder a little statuette and poster of Cthulhu. With a little note card:

“Cthulhu saves… in case he is hungry later.”

ajacksonian on January 7, 2014 at 2:57 PM

saltydogg14 on January 7, 2014 at 2:40 PM

How about we satisfy both sides and put the statues in more appropriate locations – 10 Commandments and Saint Peter in front of the courthouse, and put the satan statue in front of the jail/prison. Isn’t it satan’s job to oversee the pit of eternal punishment?

dentarthurdent on January 7, 2014 at 2:59 PM

Atheists do not believe in Satan any more than they believe in God so what do they care AP.

Why not erect it on the lawn of the DNC headquarters; kinda belongs there.

OK should fight this all the way to SCOTUS.
The state has the resources to fight it. Make it clear to these yahoos that the state will fight it all the up the judicial ladder. Call their bluff; first the state courts then the feds.
Then introduce a bill to tax this organization at 1 x 10^6 percent of the state tax.

If PutzHead Schummer can threaten to tax Wall Street bankers at 99% on bonuses at the federal level. which he did attempt a few years back, then why not!?!

In other words OK should legally ream these guys with the barbed c*ck of Satan.
Kinda fitting.

Bubba Redneck on January 7, 2014 at 3:02 PM

So they want to put up a statue that looks like Obama?

Bubba Redneck on January 7, 2014 at 3:04 PM

OK – I never saw that one.

dentarthurdent on January 7, 2014 at 2:39 PM

It’s the episode where the boys go to Afganistan.

DethMetalCookieMonst on January 7, 2014 at 3:08 PM

I like the Cthulhu idea, because it wouldn’t be about religion – it’d be about pretentious idiots.

PersonFromPorlock on January 7, 2014 at 3:08 PM

Won’t God just take it out with a single lightning bolt?

verbaluce on January 7, 2014 at 2:05 PM

Oklahoma City…

Springtime…

I wouldn’t bet against it.

trigon on January 7, 2014 at 3:11 PM

Another religious group asked the city to display a monument to its faith in the same park; when the city refused, they sued. SCOTUS held (unanimously!) that the state is allowed to be selective in its choice of monuments.

Exactly.

And it should be vandalized each day.

Akzed on January 7, 2014 at 1:24 PM

Exactly the opposite…it should be tended to regularly, cleaned, maybe even planted around with flowers…by a local church organization. That would stick it to the Satanists better than defacing the thing like they expect it to be.

JetBoy on January 7, 2014 at 3:12 PM

It’s the episode where the boys go to Afganistan.

DethMetalCookieMonst on January 7, 2014 at 3:08 PM

Still haven’t seen it. I’ve seen a few episodes, but not a lot – just not a big fan of South Park – although my boys have gotten me to watch a few that I liked…..

dentarthurdent on January 7, 2014 at 3:12 PM

Is anyone else amused by this nonsense? I think its funny. Maybe that’s because I’m not especially religious and have a somewhat sick sense of humor.

But guys… does any of this really undermine your faith? Really?

The whole thing is an establishment clause pissing match that never should have happened. On this issue you are wrong. The stone tablet should not be in front of a court house. it is an overtly religious statement.

I wouldn’t want a giant star of David in front of the court house either. Or a big statue of the Buddha. Or Koranic runes… whatever.

This silly satanist statue is just political games. And its honestly pretty funny.

Just move the stone to a local church and try to avoid fights where you’re actually wrong.

Karmashock on January 7, 2014 at 1:30 PM

I agree, Karma. And on that note, I can’t believe I’ve now read an opinion of Justice Breyer that I actually agree with (at least in part).

idalily on January 7, 2014 at 3:13 PM

Won’t God just take it out with a single lightning bolt?

verbaluce on January 7, 2014 at 2:05 PM

Oklahoma City…

Springtime…

I wouldn’t bet against it.

trigon on January 7, 2014 at 3:11 PM

A fine point tornado, maybe…strategically placed…

JetBoy on January 7, 2014 at 3:14 PM

Big deal… we’ve already got one of Satan’s minions (holding a curved scimitar) depicted on the Supreme Court freize.

Terp Mole on January 7, 2014 at 3:16 PM

No – anyone with a brain knows that this won’t be installed.

Pork-Chop on January 7, 2014 at 1:28 PM

Agreed. Funny thing about people from the bible belt. They’ll gleefully tolerate turds like the “Death to Fags and US Servicemen” Kansas Church. But put up a statue of a goat and they’ll come out in full force, with their guns and Phil Robertson autographed 12-guage rounds…

Our nation’s laws are based on the Ten Commandments.

The speed limit, for example. Anyone with a koran could just as easily cherry-pick the overlap from that set of “laws.” Claiming our legal system is “based on” the 10 commandments is the gold standard of lame.

The Ten Commandments are proudly displayed on the walls of the Supreme Court for just that reason.

And the reason Mohammad is displayed on that same wall is…? Oh, right, our legal system “is based on” a 14th-Century pedophile, murder and rapist.

It’s a set of historical legal principles that have been recognized as such since the birth of the nation.

HotAirian on January 7, 2014 at 1:47 PM

That’s certainly telling. Oh, and the dry cleaners called. All that cross soot has been cleaned out of your cape and hood.

thejackal on January 7, 2014 at 3:24 PM

Why not erect it on the lawn of the DNC headquarters National Organization of Women Man-hating Lesbian Psychopaths; kinda belongs there.

Bubba Redneck on January 7, 2014 at 3:02 PM

FIFY.

thejackal on January 7, 2014 at 3:26 PM

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