Source: Mike Malloy
Baphomet, a goat-headed pagan idol
(image by AlterNet)
It's Church Night, Truthseekers! Time to celebrate all the Rapture Right insanity that has accumulated over the week! Nothing stirs the frenzied fires in the most fanatical Teabagger's heart than the thought of Satanic worship, right? That, or perhaps the phrase "President Hillary Clinton."
The Sunday regulars in Oklahoma are busting out their Bibles over the proposed placement of a new "satanic" statue on the lawn of the state capitol. No, this isn't a joke, although it is intended to showcase the hypocrisy of the state's Christian right.
After a religious group succeeded in erecting a monument of the Ten Commandments on the lawn, a secular organization petitioned the government for equal time, resulting in the current battle of the monuments. AlterNet has the story:
"The design for the Satanist statue proposed for the lawn of the Oklahoma state capitol is a delight: Baphomet, a goat-headed pagan idol, sits gracefully on a chair, gazing beatifically forward while holding two fingers aloft. Two children, a boy and a girl, stand on either side of him, looking worshipfully upon the goatly representation of the occult.
"For the Satanists who designed the statue and their supporters, the joke is obvious, though no less hilarious. Baphomet is a figure likely made up by the Inquisition for the purpose of accusing its victims of worshipping him. Satanists today use his face as a way to mock modern fundamentalist Christians for their tendency to concoct imaginary enemies to stoke their own paranoid fantasies about being persecuted.
"Hilarious as the statue is, it was designed to make a serious point. Christian fundamentalists in Oklahoma managed to get a Ten Commandments monument placed on capitol grounds in 2012. Though the supporters of the monument deny it, it's an obvious attempt by fundamentalists to get the state government to endorse Christianity above all other religious beliefs, in a direct violation of the Constitution's ban on state establishment of religion. The ACLU of Oklahoma has sued, arguing, 'When the government literally puts one faith on a pedestal, it sends a strong message to Oklahomans of other faiths that they are less than equal.'
"No doubt the Satanists expect Oklahoma to reject their petition, which is the point, of course. By rejecting the petition, the legislature will make it clear they really are elevating one religion over another, strengthening the ACLU's case against the state."
Now that's how it's done, Truthseekers. With wit and irony to demonstrate the complete and total hypocrisy that defines this particular brand of "Christian" fundamentalist. You know the type, the ones that denounce a woman's right to choose but embrace the death penalty. The kind that favors our never-ending terror wars in the Mideast over peace. The crew that would rather their children learn about talking snakes and magic apples than understand the chemistry of DNA. The types that hate socialized medicine, even while they lose their savings and their homes over medical bills. The ones that curse the unions and praise corporations that ship American jobs overseas and/or refuse to pay a living wage. The kind that puts more importance on guns than the lives of innocent children.
Yes -- that type of Christian hypocrite.