Oklahoma is OK. It says so on their license plates. But not if you happen to worship at an altar outside of the Christian faith. For example, the Satanist monument you’ve heard about in recent days. You know. We covered it HERE. Well OK lawmakers have released statements that show not only their disdain for a Satanist monument but for the Constitution of the United States as well.
”constitutional scholars and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) agree, if faith-based displays are to be allowed in public spaces in Oklahoma, then a multitude of faiths must be represented, even if that faith is considered repugnant by a majority of the state’s citizens.”
Duane Mass, the architect who designed the capitol building and serves on the OK Capitol Preservation Society’s board, said,
“That’s Oklahoma’s house. It’s not the Satanic club of New York’s house.”
A-ha! Maybe Mr. Mass should be educated to the fact that the Oklahoma’s house resides within the United States. And that the United States holds two ideals particularly high. Freedom of religion. Which of course means ANY religion. Not just yours or the one most popular. That freedom is in place for the minority, NOT the majority.
And separation of church and state. The Ten Commandments monument which currently resides on the grounds of the OK state house should not be there to begin with. Regardless of who or how many think it’s OK. BUT, if it’s going to be there then any other religious denomination is allowed to participate in EXACTLY the same fashion if it so chooses. By refusing to do so you commit a blatant act of religious discrimination. And guess who agrees?
The American Civil Liberties Union. They’re OK by me.
“The group [in OK] filed to have the Ten Commandments monument removed on First Amendment grounds, alleging that the display of Christian iconography in a government workplace amounts of an endorsement of that religion over others. ACLU OK’s Ryan Kiesel said that If Oklahomans want to display symbols of faith on government property they can’t play favorites.”
“I think that our position is there shouldn’t be any religious monuments at the state Capitol, that anytime the government has a monument representing one faith it creates an atmosphere that is not welcoming to people of all faiths or non-believers,” said Kiesel. “If, at the end of the day, the Ten Commandments monument is allowed to remain on the Capitol grounds with its overtly Christian message, then the Satanic Temple’s proposal can’t be rejected because it is of a different religious viewpoint.”
Can we all take a moment to thank God (or Satan) for the ACLU? Or, if non-faith oriented, just continue with the article.
Senate Pro Tem Brian Bingman (R-Sapulpa) told the Tulsa World, “I think it is a joke.”
Thank you Senator. It was. I try. Isn’t it funny how Republicans reject any ideals (which happen to be conservative and exclusive by nature) but their own? When they have to play on equal grounds they cry foul?
What’s really funny here is that the Ten Commandments monument was erected with multiple grammatical and spelling errors. Not to mention the bald eagle and American flag at the top. Who made this thing? The OK Christian/Aryan Brother-Republican-hood? Nope.It was funded by state OK Rep. Mike Ritze (R-Broken Arrow), who donated $10,000, and an additional $10,000 obtained from private sources and signed into law by OK Gov. Brad Henry (D). The ACLU sued to have the monument removed before it was even put in place.
It wouldn’t surprise me, with all the hub-bub, if someone didn’t just topple the damn thing and put the issue to rest. But barring that, how ignorant to the law can you be and still be an OK lawmaker? Constitutional law professor Joseph Thai told the AP in OK that allowing the Ten Commandments monument to stay in place puts the state in a legally vulnerable position.
When do NY Satanists make more sense than OK Christians?
“Lucien Greaves, a spokesperson for the Satanic Temple, told the AP, ‘The whole point is that we’re a religiously pluralistic society, so if there’s going to be one, there will be others, or at least we’ll make the effort for such. Or there will be neither. Those are the only real options.’”
Shannon spokesman Joe Griffin said,
“Anything displayed at the Capitol should be a representation of the values of Oklahomans and this nation. The left-hand path philosophies of this organization do not align with the values of Oklahomans nor the ideals this country or its laws are founded upon.”
WRONG! What’s no longer OK is for people to be ignorant to the values and ideals this country was founded upon. They are NOT founded on religious dogma. This country was founded on the exact opposite value and ideal. Which is why religious freedom is in the FIRST amendment. It’s that important. This is NOT a Christian nation or state. Would it make more sense if we were to drum that in by thumping a Bible over your head?
The conservative base has twisted the Constitution and the Bible for so long they’re believing their own lies and manipulations. This discrimination, intolerance and hatred has been taught over multiple generations. Stop drinking the Kool Aid! Don’t take the brown acid! Put down your guns and pick up a book. Not the “good book,” another one.
Actually, the “good book” will be fine. Read that. Don’t try to figure out what it means or interpret it. Don’t break it up into little passages and manipulate individual sentences to justify hidden agendas. Just read it. Take it for exactly what it says. If it’s been OK for two thousand years then it’s probably OK now. Like Gandhi said, ” I like your Christ. It’s your Christians I do not like. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.” Our Christians are not OK. They’re offensive.
What’s OK and what’s offensive?
Rep. Earl Sears (R-Bartlesville) told the World, “This is a faith-based nation and a faith-based state. I think it is very offensive they would contemplate or even have this kind of conversation.”
No. What’s really offensive, Rep. Sears, is that there are so many like you that dismiss and ignore the freedoms afforded to all in this country. Maybe OK Rep. Sears isn’t aware that Satanism is also a faith. Or that if you were truly an American you would embrace the liberties for all that you guys keep stumping about on your election circuit. But you don’t. You’re in it for votes and money. You think it OK to disregard the will of the people and the laws of this land when it doesn’t adhere to your personal or party platforms. And that makes you a hypocrite. OK lawmakers put the OK in jOKe.
So we’ll keep following this. It’s not just our job but our passion. And we’ll pray for the OK legislative branch to see things with clearer vision. Dear Satan, All I want for Christmas is justice and liberty for all. But if you could throw in tolerance and empathy that’d be great. PEACE.