Usually, I feature one story at a time, but these are so closely related I will post them both. One must admire the tenacity of the non-Christians to use the same freedoms as those who erected the Ten Commandments sculpture to erect one too at the State capital. The fact that the original Ten Commandments statue has typographical errors only adds to the mayhem of this intersection of church and state.
It should be Sabbath, not Sabbeth. Image from ktul.com.
That should be “maidservant” not “maidseruant” Image from kwtv.com.
A view of the whole monument. Image from amazonaws.com
OKLAHOMA CITY – A group has unveiled designs for a 7-foot-tall statue of Satan that it wants at the Oklahoma state Capitol.
The New York-based Satanic Temple released an artist’s rendering of the monument Monday. A spokesman says the group has formally submitted its application to a panel that oversees the Capitol grounds.
The statue features a goat-headed Satan sitting in a throne with children next to it.
The Satanic Temple says Oklahoma’s decision to put a Ten Commandments monument at the Capitol opened the door for its statute.
Temple spokesman Lucien Greaves says it’s moving forward with plans to have its monument approved, despite the Oklahoma Capitol Preservation Commission’s decision to place a moratorium on new requests.
The commission says it’s waiting until a lawsuit over the Ten Commandments has been settled.
Misspellings Mark Ten Commandments Monument At Oklahoma State Capitol
By Chris McKinnon, News 9 | www.news9.com | Nov 16, 2012
OKLAHOMA CITY – A new monument at the Oklahoma State Capitol honoring the 10 Commandments was unveiled Thursday morning but Friday, the buzz was all about two mistakes carved into the granite stone.In the commandment “Remember the Sabbath Day, to keep it holy” the word “Sabbath” was misspelled as “Sabbeth.” A second mistake was in the commandment “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant.” The word maidservant was spelled as “maidseruant,” replacing the “v” with a “u.”This six-foot tall monument cost about $10,000 and was installed Thursday at the State Capitol. Broken Arrow Representative Mike Ritze’s family funded the monument after the Ritze pushed a bill in 2009.The American Civil Liberties Union is also weighing legal action because this could be a violation of separation of church and state.
A similar monument installed at the Texas Capitol raised similar concerns in regards to the separation of church and state but the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to allow that monument to stand.