Satan monument explained

Gideon Resnick meets members of the Satanic Temple, who designed a 7-foot monument of the goat-horned one for placement by the Ten Commandments on the Oklahoma statehouse lawn.
When it comes to actual devil worship, Mesner has little faith. “I think that idea is silly,” he said. “I can’t even conceive of that actually being the case.” Then he added politely, “I mean, I try to respect other people’s beliefs as far as that kind of thing goes.” ... Mesner says he hopes the monument will strengthen the position of the American Civil Liberties Union, which filed a lawsuit in August challenging the constitutionality of the Ten Commandments statue. “When the government literally puts one faith on a pedestal,” wrote Ryan Kiesel, the ACLU of Oklahoma’s executive director, in the press release announcing the suit, “it sends a strong message to Oklahomans of other faiths that they are less than equal.”

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  1. When it comes to actual devil worship, Mesner has little faith. “I think that idea is silly,” he said. “I can’t even conceive of that actually being the case.” Then he added politely, “I mean, I try to respect other people’s beliefs as far as that kind of thing goes.”

    Only one response to that, though he's not my first choice for people to quote:

    “We are all atheists about most of the gods that humanity has ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further.”

    I mean, is it really any sillier than Hades? Anubis? The Erinyes?

  2. Belief in Satan implies a belief in God, so devil worship is kind of uniquely silly in that practitioners would consciously choose to back the "bad guy" whose ultimate goal was to make his followers suffer eternal torture in the depths of hell. Even followers of the Church of Satan seem to find the idea of actual devil-worship silly.

  3. That's the thing though... technically, Satanists aren't backing "The Bad Guy" but rather, "The Free Will Guy". They don't believe that Satan (and we could get into a very long argument about which particular entity is being worshipped, Lucifer, Satan, The Devil, etc... depending on the mythos of origin it gets very cloudy) is bad at all. God told Adam and Eve to obey a rule, then Eve got tricked (this is KEY) into breaking said rule. God then proceeds to kick his ever so precious creations right out of a life of comfort and happiness! All because this other dude, the dude who told them they can think and do whatever they want, tricked them into disobeying. Now, the trickster could definitely be seen as an asshole for that, but I think God looks much worse in this story.
    I'm an atheist... I don't believe in ANY of this, but I find it endlessly fascinating.

  4. Bobo says:

    YOU DARE TO MOCK ANUBIS? Just you wait until you're dead, and need someone to lead you to Osiris for judgement, your heart being weighed against Maat (represented by a feather), with Ammit just waiting to devour your sinful heart... Boy oh boy, you'll just wish you hadn't mocked the Jackal headed one!

  5. I would add that God created Adam and Eve without knowledge of good and evil, so that they couldn't understand even in principle that disobeying God would be wrong.

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