Oklahoma Leaders say Satanic Monument Unlikely

Dec 10, 2013

Oklahoma Capitol
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Legislative leaders in Oklahoma are seeking to ease public concern over a plan by a group of Satanists to erect a monument at the state Capitol.

Both House Speaker T.W. Shannon and Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman suggested Monday that such a plan was far from a reality. Members of the committee that would need to approve the monument sounded skeptical.

The Associated Press reported that the New York-based Satanic Temple sent a letter to the Oklahoma Capitol Preservation Commission indicating its plans to donate an homage to Satan and have it placed near a Ten Commandments monument at the Capitol.

Bingman described the plan as a "political stunt." Shannon spokesman Joe Griffin said such a display at the Capitol "would not be appropriate."