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.”