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Baphomet and the 10 Commandments
The First Amendment (Amendment I) to the United States Constitution prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion, impeding the free exercise of religion, abridging the freedom of speech, infringing on the freedom of the press, interfering with the right to peaceably assemble or prohibiting the petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances. It was adopted on December 15, 1791, as one of the ten amendments that constitute the Bill of Rights.
This Hub is NOT Anti-Christian!
This hub is being written to point out an interpretation of the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States that gives ALL citizens equal footing in the eyes of the law.
The points being made are:
- Keep religious ideas and icons in your churches, synagogues, temples, mosques, and private establishments.
- Keep religious ideas and icons out of public schools, sporting events, and areas where people of differing religions congregate. One prayer or ideology does not fit all.
- Keep religious judgements out of secular law. The laws of the land should be established to protect ALL citizens, regardless of religious beliefs.
The 10 Commandments Versus Baphomet and the Satanic Temple
Did you hear the one about the First Commandment? It proves that there is more than one God! How does it do this? Even God mentions that he is jealous of the other Gods!
People are still chuckling about the ruling of the courts to allow other religious icons on government property via this epic battle in Oklahoma. The courts have ruled that, yes, one group can put up the 10 Commandments as a Christian icon, but ONLY if you allow other religions to erect their religious icons too!
So, the Satanic Temple of Oklahoma sued the city to allow a statue of Baphomet (A satanic god, one presumes) to be erected next to the 10 Commandments icon. They were granted the right to do so.
The group then went on to crowd source the funds needed to build the statue and raised $30,000 for their cause. Meanwhile, the city filed for an injunction and the case is still being decided.
But Baphomet is done! His statue was built with the over $30,000 in Crowd Sourced Funding! He/She/It is ready to proudly sit next to the other religious icons. Baphomet will be a solemn reminder that Christianity is not the ONLY religion in the world. Fancy that.
Imagine a day when, in this country, we actually have separation of church and state, freedom of religion, and courthouse lawns full of statuary celebrating such!
Fox News Argues the Validity of The Satanic Temple
Devil Statue Not Funny!
Well, first of all, it's not meant to be funny exactly. It's meant to be an example of Freedom of Religion in the USA!
Ferpuerto17 via Bubblews - used with permission:
Oklahoma passed a law which allowed for religious displays in government buildings. They did so because they wanted the 10 commandments and baby Jesus for Christmas. But these things have a way of backfiring and thanks to Satanists, they have backfired. Satanists in Oklahoma have requested that the statue of Baphomet be put on display at the state capitol. The state must comply because the law passed has now made room for the horned deity because they must allow other religions equal footing.
Satanists in Oklahoma have also scheduled a black mass on September 21st which is the equinox. The governor of the state said that Satanists from NY were coming to Oklahoma to bring Satan into the state, but it turns out that it is not the NY chapter; it is actually Oklahoma Satanists which are planning the ritual.
Now, I just want to take a moment to laugh at the Governor and the archbishop who think that the Satanists are really there to bring Satan into Oklahoma. These guys are trolling you and pointing out the flaws in your plan to have religious displays in the state capitol. I highly doubt that they even believe in Satan or demons, but I bet they are laughing at you right now… I know I am.
Think things through before you pass silly religious laws.
Some Christian actually made the comment that this country was founded on the freedom to practice "Christianity" and poor Ferpuerto17 needed to read his history books! She also stated that having a devil statue exposing children to "evil" is not funny! Wrong on both points!
My goodness, this poor Christian woman has never seen kids wear devil costumes on Halloween! Now that's some funny stuff right there. And a baby dressed in a little red cap with horns is just hysterical!
And to set the record straight, the USA was founded on the principles of Freedom of Religion - ALL religions, as well as on the principle of "separation of Church and State" which the history books have recorded for all to read.
So, just a note to all Christians - you can't have your religious icons without letting other religions have theirs. And if you think the Devil is "evil", then you have your God to thank for creating him in the first place.
The Struggle Continues
Even different sects of religions contradict one another regarding who, what, when, where, and how to worship their gods.
The First Amendment was supposed to put an end to the dissension between the various differences of religious congregations.
At some point, there exists a Baptist church next to a Methodist church next to a Catholic church next to a Jewish Temple. All these on the same block!
"The Flushing Remonstrance was a 1657 petition to Director-General of New Netherland, Peter Stuyvesant, in which some thirty residents of the small settlement at Vlishing requested an exemption to his ban on Quaker worship. It is considered a precursor to the United States Constitution's provision on freedom of religion in the Bill of Rights."
It seems as though the different sects cannot agree on much of anything, and they petition the governments to try to block their competitors. Well, thanks to the First Amendment, religions should not have access to legal means to settle religious differences.
The government should not have the power to ban any religious worship. And conversely, religion should not be able to dictate how the government should operate.
Religious Freedom in America!
So What Do You Think?
Should the government be able to allow religious icons on government (public) property?
© 2015 Lela