Some might wonder if Oklahoma is trying to keep-up with it’s neighboring state–Texas, as the Most-Whacko State. Well, now it has definitely raised the stakes. Just last year, Oklahoma permitted the erection of a replica of The Ten Commandments in the front of it’s Statehouse, in Tulsa. But, apparently, it knew, at the time, that it was probably opening itself to a real can of worms–in that very Evangelical Christian State. All in the name of Religious Freedom!
The linked article, from the ABC News web site, explains the situation, whereby a Satanic Temple has now requested to erect a Satanic Statue quite near The Tablets, http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2013/12/satanic-temple-monument-in-okla-may-include-interactive-display-for-kids/. The Satanic Statue, will also have an interactive-display for Children. How educational!
Well, not to be outdone, it looks like a Hindu Group has also requested to place a Statue of Lord Hanume, the “Monkey God”, in front of the Capitol, as noted in this linked article, http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/hindus-propose-building-monkey-god-statue-oklahoma-state-capitol-article-1.1547189. The more the merrier, huh?
The whole idea of the Separation of Church-and-State has been something that the Religious “Right” has fought against for ages. Religion is OK to them; but, only if it is Their Religion. So, I hope that both the Satanic and Hindu Groups get their Place in the Sun–in front of the Statehouse in Tulsa. And, let’s hope that even More Diversity follows.