Freedom of Religion at Work: Satanist Statue Getting Ready to be Placed at Oklahoma’s Statehouse

satanists-statueThere’s a saying I’m sure most of you have heard, “Be careful what you wish for.”  It’s often aimed at those who seem so passionate about getting their way on a particular issue that they’re unable to see the bigger picture.

Take for instance when a monument depicting the Ten Commandments was erected in front of Oklahoma’s Statehouse.  Though our Constitution sets up a separation of church and state, they managed to use a “donation loophole” to justify a religious symbol being placed at a government facility.

They’re just so clever, aren’t they?

Well, in a true example of “two can play that game,” the Satanic Temple went ahead and raised some money of their own to build a statue worshipping Satan that they plan to display on the very same Oklahoma Statehouse.

I mean, it’s “freedom of religion,” right?  Some people worship Satan, therefore making it a religion.

That’s the “status quo” these people set when they start trying to mix religion and politics.  It’s not just your religion that gets interjected (unconstitutionally by the way) into government, but everyone’s.  If they want to interpret “freedom of religion” in that way, it cannot be just Christianity that gets to reap the benefits.

From Vice:

The Baphomet, which will stand seven feet tall and be a testament to the glory of the Angel of the Bottomless Pit, would be placed directly beside the sculpture glorifying the laws given to Moses by the Christian God.

What can Oklahoma really do?  If they reject it, then they’re basically establishing a religion – which is unconstitutional.  You can’t be proponents for “freedom of religion,” then tell another religion that they don’t have the rights to that very same “freedom.”

Maybe this is why our Founding Fathers seemed to go out of their way to make no mention of Christianity in our Constitution. Religion by itself is a topic that throughout all of humankind has constantly caused conflict.  Government is another entity that’s often controversial and confrontational.  Usually the more someone (or some group) tries to mix the two, the more they’re trying to control people.

Which is exactly what conservatives want.  They don’t want a government based on freedom of religion and our Constitution, they want a theocracy where their warped version of Christianity is what controls people’s lives.

And even though I’m a Christian, I personally cannot wait to see how Oklahoma handles this Satanic statue.  Because if they are true advocates for “freedom of religion” and the freedom to use loopholes in getting around our separation of church and state, then they really have no other choice but to allow it to stand.

Though we all know this isn’t about freedom for all religions, just their religion.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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