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A flurry of controversy has arisen in Oklahoma with opponents of both sides sounding off about the legality and likelihood of a satanic monument being put on state capitol grounds. State legislators spoke out on Monday in an effort to ease concerns of Oklahoma citizens saying that the approval of a satanic monument is unlikely.
House Speaker T.W. Shannon and Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman stated that a satanic monument is not likely to be approved by the architecture committee. “That's Oklahoma's house. It's not the Satanic club of New York's house," said Capitol architect Duane Mass, who serves on the commission. But Joseph Thai, a constitutional law professor at the University of Oklahoma, says that the issue is not so cut and dry, according to the Denver Post.
Thai states that the state cannot allow the 10 Commandments statue on the basis of “private speech” without doing the same for other religions, including the Church of Satan.
Each Halloween satanic church members in Oklahoma City hold a ritual in the Oklahoma City Civic Center, which has largely been uneventful, reports Newson6.com