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WATCH: Oklahoma Representative says Satanic monument not what Oklahomans want

by Richard Hall Published: May 4, 2014
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Oklahoma Rep. Paul Wesselhoft spoke with Huffington Post this past week to discuss his thoughts on the proposed Satanic monument, saying that he doesn’t think it’s something Oklahoma’s citizens want.

Wesselhoft said he feels the entire reason for the Baphomet statue is just to rebel against the Ten Commandments statue currently sitting near the statehouse. He went on to say the Ten Commandments have “historical significance for a building that passes laws,” because the Ten Commandments are “fundamental laws that have been adopted in the United States.”

“I don’t have any problem at all with the Ten Commandments being posted there,” Wesselhoft said. “I don’t think it’s a violation of church and state.”

He went on to explain that the Satanic statue’s future isn’t in the hands of the lawmakers, but rather Oklahomans.

Brady Henderson, the legal director for the ACLU of Oklahoma, chimed in as well.

“When you actually set in stone on government property the idea that ‘you shall have no other gods but me,’ we feel like that’s where it crosses the line,” Henderson said. “Because it essentially tells somebody this is what you ought to believe.”

Watch the full interview below, and sound off in the comments:

If a recent (and completely unscientific) NewsOK poll is to be a litmus test for deciding the fate of the Satanic monument, then Wesselhoft would be correct: Oklahomans don’t seem to want the Satanic monument installed near the Capitol. But does his argument against the monument hold water? Sound off in the comments.


by Richard Hall
Newsroom Developer
Richard Hall is an award-winning newsroom developer, editor and blogger for NewsOK. He was born in Austin, Texas, spent his childhood in southern California and has lived in Norman since 1999. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2008.
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