I just got finished reading Amanda Marcotte’s piece on Salon about the offer of a group of Satanists to put up a monument in Oklahoma. I’ve got such a backlog of posts I don’t want to even take time to write about it. About six or seven years ago, I had a date with a guy, that’s six or seven years before the brouhaha brewing in Oklahoma, who called himself a Satanist. When I was in college back in the eighties, the girl in the dorm room above mine also called herself a Satanist and I became interested in the subject for a time. Marcotte’s piece could easily give the wrong impression that this Satanist group has formed for no other reason than to promote this statue. Various groups calling themselves Satanists have existed for quite some time. I don’t have the time to go into all of them, but there’s a Wikipedia article on it. People who belong to these groups do see it as more than a “prank.” This is important because the question of public religious symbols in Oklahoma should be a constitutional question and I fear that it might devolve into an examination of which religions are real.
The group seeking to erect the monument in Oklahoma is the Satanic Temple. I believe this was the group to which the man with whom I had a date belonged. If you want to know what they believe, I suggest you go to their website. I wish I had time to write more about it. It seems that there’s a ton of ignorance flying around.