OKLAHOMA CITY – Controversy continues over the satanic monument that could eventually end up outside the State Capitol.
Monday, the Satanic Temple released the first image of what the statue will look like but it’s not likely the statue will be erected at the building any time soon.
The Capitol’s Preservation Committee has put a stop to voting on any new monuments for the time being because of a pending lawsuit over the current Ten Commandments monument at the Capitol.
Still, the Satanic Temple sent in the application to install the Satan statue and Oklahomans are eager to join the debate.
“Don’t put Satan on the front steps of our Capitol,” Marsha Jackson-Ferguson said.
The statue would depict the Devil in the image of a goat.
It’s an image that has voters getting vocal.
The Satanic Temple said it wants the monument to go right next to the Ten Commandments.
The Satanist group said the placement will show Oklahoma accepts all religions.
“It is interesting,” Chris McNeil said. “I don’t think it will happen though.”
It happened for the Ten Commandments after Rep. Mike Ritze raised private funds to build it.
Lawmakers approved it and the Preservation Committee gave the thumbs up for it to sit on the Capitol steps.
Shortly after, The American Civil Liberties Union sued because it feels the monument on government property is unconstitutional.
“I’m a big believer in the First Amendment, you know, freedom of speech and the establishment clause,” Red McCall said. “It’s either you endorse all religions on state property or no religions on state property.”
However, if the courts eventually let the Ten Commandments monument stay, does it open the door to all religions?
“To me, Satan is not a religion. They may say, ‘Yes it is,’ but that’s not what this nation was built on,” Jackson-Ferguson said.
Some Oklahomans said the state has backed itself into a corner.
“I don’t know legally how they can have one without the other,” McNeil said.
“There has to be equal representation of every belief,” Karen Thompson said. “As long as they don’t infringe on mine, I don’t want to infringe on theirs.”