A New York–based Satanic church has revealed its design for a statue of Satan that it wishes to erect next to a Ten Commandments monument in the Oklahoma state capitol.
The proposed statue depicts Satan in the form of Baphomet, Time reports, a goat-headed biped complete with horns, hoofs, and wings, sitting against a stone with a pentagram etched into it. Standing on Satan’s sides are two smiling children, and Satan’s lap will also function as a chair “where people of all ages may sit . . . for inspiration and contemplation,” said Satanic Temple spokesperson Lucien Greaves.
Late last year, the American Civil Liberties Union contested the placement of the Ten Commandments on the grounds of the state house, arguing that if the legislature allowed the Ten Commandments, it must allow other religious groups to put up monuments as well.
Following the ACLU’s lead, several other groups requested to erect monuments, including a Hindu group, an animal-rights organization, and the pastafarian Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. The Oklahoma Capitol Preservation Commission, which is in charge of monuments, has declined to review new monument requests until after the ACLU lawsuit has been resolved.