OKLAHOMA CITY – We’ve all heard about the Satanic Temple out of New York that is working to get a monument to Satan erected at the Oklahoma State Capitol next to the one of the Ten Commandments.
Now, a local Satanist couple is coming out in support of the project.
In fact, Kelsey Daniels’ name is on the application to the State Capitol Preservation Commission.
She and her husband, Adam, spoke to us at their Satanic Church in the back of their metro home.
Adam Daniels said, “A lot of people don’t understand when they’re talking we’re evil, no. We want to free think, we want to think for ourselves. We want to make our own decisions. And we don’t need a God or a Godhead or a man claiming to be a part of the Godhead telling us how to live our lives.”
The Daniels say the Satanic monument has as much a right to be at the Oklahoma State Capitol as the Ten Commandments statue.
Adam Daniels said, “I was rather aggravated by the fact that one side of the spectrum got represented, which is the majority side. But this is supposed to be a country. Where they’re going to represent one, they need to represent all.”
Kelsey Daniels became an honorary member of the Satanic Temple in New York so that the proposal for the monument could be completed on a local level.
They challenged the notion that Satanism does not pertain to the history of our state.
Adam Daniels said, “How does it not? Satan’s a Christian concept.”
While the Daniels would not tell us how many people gather at their home on Sundays, they did say Satanism is a growing movement in Oklahoma.
Adam Daniels said, “There is obviously a large pagan community in Oklahoma City but I think the fact that people have seen that we’re not in the basement anymore, we’re out in the public. We’re letting people know because we’re not going to get shot, we’re not going to get killed. We’re in a free country.”
No decision will be made on the Satanic monument by the State Capitol Preservation Committee until the lawsuit filed by the ACLU over the Ten Commandments statue is decided.