Surprise! Even some Christians support Satanist display at Oklahoma Capitol
The leader of a Satanic temple said he has been touched by the support his group has received for its proposal to place a monument next to the Ten Commandments at the Oklahoma State Capitol. “It’s really encouraging. It’s really moving. We do get a lot of messages that start out with the caveat, ‘You know I am a Christian.’ However, and they explain that they appreciate what we’re doing,” Lucien Greaves, a spokesperson for the Satanic Temple, told KWTV. The New York City-based group proposed a 7-foot, goat-headed Baphomet figure to be placed on a stone slab, flanked by two smiling children, on the capitol grounds after a Republican lawmaker and conservative Christians were permitted to erect the monument to the Mosaic laws. “It’s not a call to war against one side or the other, it’s actually a call for reconciliation to have a plurality of voices,” Greaves said. “There is no singular voice of the Oklahoman, you need to embrace the diversity of your population and see that no single politician’s view represents the entirety of the law abiding citizenry in Oklahoma.” He said support for the monument, which he suggested would allow children to have their pictures taken on the figure’s lap for family fun, is growing by the day. “We’ve gotten a lot of messages from people saying that they served or are serving in the armed forces, and they feel that these values are exactly what we fought for,” Greaves said. KWTV spoke with several Oklahoma residents who agree. “This is kind of what America was based on, freedom of religion. And for us to say whether you believe in it or not, that it shouldn’t be there, is kind of wrong,” said resident Bailee Boyce. But others agree with some state lawmakers, who argue that Satanists should not be given the same treatment as Christians. “Having little kids around it, that’s just ridiculous,” said Terry Hill, pastor of the Canadian County Cowboy Church. “I mean, don’t understand where they come from.” Yukon resident Harold Harvey said he worried about the Satanic monument’s supporters. “We hope every one of them gets saved because they’re going to live with Satan in a bad place for an eternity, and in my mind, that’s the worst thing that could happen,” Harvey said. The Oklahoma City Capitol Preservation Commission has placed a moratorium on new monuments until a lawsuit over the Ten Commandments monument is resolved. Other groups, including PETA and the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, have petitioned for their own displays. “We have to let this play out however it plays out, but we’ll keep pushing to make sure that it’s going ahead,” said Greaves, who submitted designs to the preservation commission. The temple intends to create the monument even if its proposal is rejected.
Bernard McGuirk sorry for Suggesting Satanists should be shot
McGuirk, executive producer of ‘Imus In The Morning’, was reacting to reports that The Satanic Temple religious group wanted to build a statue of Satan in Oklahoma.
By David Boroff / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Tuesday, January 14, 2014, 3:00 PM
Photo courtesy of The Satanic Temple
The Satanic Temple religious group wants to erect a statue of Satan in Oklahoma. Hell hath no fury like a Satanic religious group scorned.
A sidekick of popular radio host Don Imus apologized Tuesday morning five days after saying on the air that a select group of Satanists should be shot. Appearing as part of a panel on WABC’s “Imus In The Morning” on Thursday, Bernard McGuirk had responded with fury to reports that The Satanic Temple religious group wants to erect a 7-foot-tall statue of Satan at the Oklahoma state capital, where a Ten Commandments momument also resides. “They should be able to put the statue up and then they should be shot right next to it,” McGuirk said Thursday on “Imus,” which is simulcast on Fox Business. “And then we take it down.”
Bernard McGuirk (left) discusses the proposed Satan statue with Alan Colmes.
Members of the The Satanic Temple were outraged and demanded an apology. “Advocacy of the murder of American citizens based on their religious beliefs is intolerable and sickening,” the group wrote in a letter to Fox News. “For (FOX News) to disseminate such a position as part of a televised debate on a national network strikes at the heart of this country’s founding principles and potentially places the Temple’s members in imminent danger. “Our client requests that the Fox News Network immediately issue The Satanic Temple an apology for broadcasting a call for the murder of its members, who simply desire to be treated equally with every other religion in this country,” the letter continues. “In addition, they would like to see a public reprimand of Bernard McGuirk”. A contrite McGuirk obliged, apologizing to the Satanic group on the air. “My comments were rooted in ignorance,” said McGuirk, also the executive producer of the show. “Satanists do not promote evil a la Charles Manson or Hitler. Regardless, I don’t want to see anybody shot, that’s the truth of the matter, so I do apologize unequivocally. I apologize for those comments and certainly, certainly withdraw them.” TST officials say McGuirk and others often misunderstand what the group is all about. “Even the most basic and cursory perusal of our website could have served to correct these panelists,” TST spokesperson Lucien Greaves said. “It is unconscionable that a news panel would express opinions without doing any research. Ours is a philosophy that is meant to enrich lives and encourage benevolence. It is reprehensible that a nationally televised commentator could call for our execution regarding any item of disagreement, much less based upon entirely imagined presumptions.” According to the group’s website, the mission of The Satanic Temple is “to encourage benevolence and empathy among all people. In addition, we embrace practical common sense and justice. As Satanists we all should be guided by our conscience to undertake noble pursuits guided by our individual wills. We believe that this is the hope of all mankind and the highest aspiration of humanity.” The statue of Satan likely won’t be erected anytime soon. The Oklahoma Capitol Preservation Commission placed a moratorium on considering new requests and local legislators have resisted the idea. “I do not see Satanism as a religion, and they have no place at the state Capitol,” said Rep. Earl Sears (R-Bartlesville). “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.” With News Wire Services firstname.lastname@example.org
Counter-Protest to the Westboro Baptist Church
By The DARKFOOL January 2014
Many are aware of the Westboro Baptist Church. They are an exceptionally small denomination of fundamentalist Christians who show up to protest the funerals of soldiers, gays, celebrities, etc, and who marginally and consciously barely avoid (legally) that which could be considered “hate speech”. On January, 12th, 2014, they again reared their ugly heads in Glendale, California to picket four different funerals, and the Sect was present at every one of them. Lead by The Dark Fool, the Sect of the Horned God counter-protested by holding signs with the Sect sigil along with other statements such as “Your signs are colorful, are you gay?”. Signs such as ours were in direct response to the numerous “God Hates Fags” carried by the WBC. The Sect of the Horned God has only just begun to partake in campaigns all across the U.S. and beyond. As a multifaceted educational foundation, we are determined to challenge faith-based thought that places “belief” over that of rational skepticism. To that end, we are setting in place regional managers who will act on behalf of the Sect of the Horned God regarding “protests”. This is only the beginning.
Karla LaVey’s Black Xmass Party, 2013! Another successful year!
December 25th 2013 by Sect of The Horned God
Karla LaVey, daughter of Anton LaVey, presented the 16th Annual Black X Mass, December 25th, 2013 (Christmas night) at the Elbo Room in San Francisco. Bands, free food, and very interesting Satanic folks made for a most enjoyable evening. In attendance this year were Thomas LeRoy, Mistress Babylon, Zach Black, Rhonda Ostrowitz Favero and other Sect of the Horned God members and friends. The ever ageless and lovely Ms. LaVey was a gracious hostess, while the First Satanic Church members were all stellar examples of Satanic class and decorum. Ms. LaVey truly upholds her father’s mantle. Where the Church of Satan has seemed to slip a bit over the years, Ms. LaVey and her First Satanic Church have retained what it means to be LaVeyan Satanists. As all Muslim must make the pilgrimage, or Hajj, to Mecca, Satanists should at least once attend the Black Xmass Party (okay, I know that’s a stretch, but you get my point).