THE NYC-BASED SATANIC TEMPLE OFFERS DONATION OF RELIGIOUS MONUMENT TO OKLAHOMA STATE CAPITOL

Organization Strives to Expand Acceptance of Beliefs in Response to ACLU Concerns
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NEW YORK, N.Y. – December 2, 2013 – The Satanic Temple, an established New York City-based religious organization, has offered to donate a public monument to Oklahoma’s Capitol Preservation Commission for display upon Oklahoma City’s capitol grounds. Described as an “homage” to Satan, the purpose of the monument is to complement and contrast the Ten Commandments monument that already resides on the North side of the building. The donation offer has been submitted and is currently awaiting the commission’s reply.

The Ten Commandments monument, donated to the Capitol Preservation Commission in 2009 by Mike Ritze, a representative of the Oklahoma State Legislature and ordained Southern Baptist Deacon, has raised the ire of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) who filed suit in August of 2013, noting that, “the monument stands alone, with no other monuments or memorials in the immediate vicinity.” Also of concern to the ACLU is the “self-evidently exclusive” religious message “that supports and endorses the faiths and creeds of some churches and sects.” The Satanic Temple believes that in being allowed to place their monument within the proximity of the Ten Commandments monument, they can appease the ACLU’s concerns.

According to the temple’s spokesperson, Lucien Greaves, “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. We imagine that the ACLU would also embrace such a response. Allowing us to donate a monument would show that the Oklahoma City Council does not discriminate, and both the religious and non-religious should be happy with such an outcome. Our mission is to bring people together by finding common sentiments that create solutions that everyone can appreciate and enjoy.”

In addition to conveying the message they hope to bring with the monument installation, The Satanic Temple is keenly attune to the need for a public-friendly design and seeks out resident ideas in order to encourage acceptance from the public and render the monument an object of play. If permission is granted by Oklahoma’s Capitol Preservation Commission, the temple will allow for submissions from the public and likely have people vote on which design they like best.
The NYC-Based Satanic Temple Offers Donation of Religious Monument to Oklahoma State Capitol
Organization Strives to Expand Acceptance of Beliefs in Response to ACLU Concerns

NEW YORK, N.Y. – December 2, 2013 – The Satanic Temple, an established New York City-based religious organization, has offered to donate a public monument to Oklahoma’s Capitol Preservation Commission for display upon Oklahoma City’s capitol grounds. Described as an “homage” to Satan, the purpose of the monument is to complement and contrast the Ten Commandments monument that already resides on the North side of the building. The donation offer has been submitted and is currently awaiting the commission’s reply.

The Ten Commandments monument, donated to the Capitol Preservation Commission in 2009 by Mike Ritze, a representative of the Oklahoma State Legislature and ordained Southern Baptist Deacon, has raised the ire of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) who filed suit in August of 2013, noting that, “the monument stands alone, with no other monuments or memorials in the immediate vicinity.” Also of concern to the ACLU is the “self-evidently exclusive” religious message “that supports and endorses the faiths and creeds of some churches and sects.” The Satanic Temple believes that in being allowed to place their monument within the proximity of the Ten Commandments monument, they can appease the ACLU’s concerns.

According to the temple’s spokesperson, Lucien Greaves, “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. We imagine that the ACLU would also embrace such a response. Allowing us to donate a monument would show that the Oklahoma City Council does not discriminate, and both the religious and non-religious should be happy with such an outcome. Our mission is to bring people together by finding common sentiments that create solutions that everyone can appreciate and enjoy.”

In addition to conveying the message they hope to bring with the monument installation, The Satanic Temple is keenly attune to the need for a public-friendly design and seeks out resident ideas in order to encourage acceptance from the public and render the monument an object of play. If permission is granted by Oklahoma’s Capitol Preservation Commission, the temple will allow for submissions from the public and likely have people vote on which design they like best.

THE SATANIC TEMPLE CROWDSOURCES EFFORT TO ‘ADOPT-A-HIGHWAY’ IN NEW YORK CITY

The Satanic Temple rolls out a campaign to adopt-a-highway in New York City through crowdsource funding site indiegogo.com as documented by Spectacle Films, Inc.
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adopt-a-highway-PRIn further efforts to increase public understanding and acceptance of Satanism, the Satanic Temple plans to enter the adopt-a-highway program in New York City where they will maintain voluntary beautification of a stretch of public highway for at least 2 years by way of litter cleanup and landscaping.

The adoption and 2 year clean-up effort will cost an estimated $10,000 for which the Satanic Temple is accepting donations through the popular crowd-source funding site, indiegogo.com.

Once approved, the New York Department of Transportation will erect a blue-and-white sign acknowledging The Satanic Temple as the adopters of the designated piece of highway, helping promote a message of Satanic civic pride and social responsibility.

According to The Satanic Temple, the organization hopes to convey “support, camaraderie, and compassion,” for which they are “dedicated to keeping our public spaces clean, safe, and enjoyable for all people.”

“Community, compassion, justice, and civic responsibility — these are worthwhile values wherever they are practiced, regardless of whomever they are practiced by, and whatever arbitrary political or religious label may be attached to them. We call on all people to support the Satanic Temple in this effort to engage their community in a positive, productive manner,” the Satanic Temple website states.

The Satanic Temple are offering giveaways of select limited edition official merchandise on an appreciated scale by donation amount. The breakdown can be viewed at the Indiegogo web page, [page here].

The drive for donations will end on August 05, 2013, at which point The Satanic Temple will gather the collected donations and submit for their highway adoption.

“We truly look forward to this opportunity to serving our community and raise public awareness of socially responsible Satanism,” states Satanic Temple spokesperson Lucien Greaves, “and this is only a small beginning. You can expect more public community involvement from us in the future.”

Spectacle Films will be documenting The Satanic Temple’s efforts toward contribution to the Adopt-a-Highway program in an ongoing project aimed at chronicling the the Satanic organization’s unique activities.

Note: This campaign has now closed.

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