(This post is part of the weekly series Secular Sunday)
Satanists have applied to have a statue dedicated to Satanism placed on the Oklahoma state Capitol grounds. I’m strongly opposed to any type of faith propaganda on public property as part of a strong support of a complete and absolute separation of religion and government. That’s every religion, every government.
A few years ago the Oklahoma state legislature decided that a religious monument on state property would be hunky dory because the monument in question was to “The Ten Commandments.” After all, the Ten Commandments are a list of mostly archaic rules from the Abrahamic religion of Christianity, Christianity is a widely practiced religion in the United States including the state of Oklahoma.
The Oklahoma ACLU chapter has filed a lawsuit against the presence of the Ten Commandments monument, and rightly so.
Satanism is not nearly as widely practiced and while not widely understood in Christian communities is widely feared and despised by many in those same cultures. While many in the majority faith groups feel their peculiar superstitions should be honored and kissed up to by everyone everywhere, they feel that other beliefs are to be ground underfoot. They elect people who say things like this (from the AP article linked to above) :
Rep. Bobby Cleveland, who plans to introduce a one such bill next year, said many Christians feel they are under attack as a result of political correctness. He dismissed the notion of Satanists erecting a monument at the Capitol.
“I think these Satanists are a different group,” Cleveland, R-Slaughterville, said. “You put them under the nut category.”
“We poor Christians, still a majority here in the USA mind you, are afraid and persecuted. But these other religious groups are nuts and they should not be treated as well as us.” That’s some idiotic blind hypocrisy right there. It’s a very common American Christian sentiment, Jesus must have pulled that old nugget out somewhere in the gospels.
I (and many others) would hope that Christian anti-secularists will be so horrified by monuments to other gods, ones they despise no less, in their public squares that they will realize that they must leave religion out of the public square altogether. Then others won’t need to shame them into doing right by their neighbors. Realistically though no amount of shame may be sufficient.