J.F.’s story “What do Satanists believe?” The Economist Explains, 9 January 2014
After hearing of the Ten Commandments stone monument that was placed on the ground of Oklahoma’s state capitol, the Satanic Temple drew a picture of the design of the monument they wanted to have put right beside the Ten Commandments. Their reasoning for this action was that, since this did not violate the constitution, then they had the right to do it as well. The Satanists are a “fractious bunch” who has multiple beliefs, ritual, and wholly/ “partly occult” organizations. According to some Satanists such as the Satanic Temple, “Satanism stands for “individual sovereignty in the face of tyranny, and the pursuit of knowledge even when that knowledge is dangerous.” To some, Satanism may also be described as atheism. This bunch, even though they follow Satin and describe ‘him’ as a God, believes that Satanism is a challenge for orthodoxy, but is not an “evil or bloodthirsty god.” Yet, and even though those who believe in Satanism are not killers, and do not kill in the name of God or religion like some other faiths may have, the Oklahoma legislature still did not accept that a giant, goat-headed, pentagrammed statue to sit next to the Ten Commandments monument.
The Oklahoma legislature did take the right decision in the case of not accepting or approving of the campaign made by the Satanic Temple to place a giant, goat-headed, pentagrammed statue next to the Ten Commandments monument. The Ten Commandments are believed and did come for 3 of the main faiths of today’s society, which are Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Yes, maybe there are individuals in these religions who do not follow these commandments just as we are saying today in the case of terrorists who are killing in the name of God and religion, yet this does not mean that these commandments do not exist nor are they not followed by many around the world. However the statue that the Satanic Temple is asking for to be placed next to the Ten Commandments monument only represent a small number of people, and having it put next to rules which are believed to be brought down to a number of prophets and passed on to the people may also be offensive to the followers of these faiths. Satin to many, if not all religions, is known as one who is bad and evil, and never good, and therefore and despite the fact that the Satanic Temple argued that it is not evil, this does not change the fact that Satin is evil, and this is believed by many who are religious and non religious individuals.