As you may recall, the Oklahoma legislature placed a Ten Commandments monument at the state capitol a while back after passing a law allowing religious monuments. But now some groups they do not approve of want their own monuments and their Christian privilege spidey sense is getting all tingly.
The Universal Society of Hinduism plans to submit an application to the Oklahoma State Capitol Preservation Commission for permission to place a statue of Lord Hanuman on the statehouse grounds.
“If the Oklahoma State Capitol was open to different monuments, we would love to have a statue of Lord Hanuman, who was greatly revered and worshipped and known for incredible strength and was (a) perfect grammarian,” said Rajan Zed, president of Universal Society of Hinduism…
The ACLU sued on First Amendment grounds to have the Old Testament monument removed, and a New York-based Satanist group proposed setting up its own display at the statehouse under a 2009 measure sponsored by Ritze to allow for religious displays.
The Satanists’ plans shocked and disturbed lawmakers, one of whom said he was offended because “this is a faith-based nation and a faith-based state.”That’s where the Hindus come in.
The fourth-largest faith group in the U.S. – and third-largest in the world – said it would like to join the religious displays to honor Oklahoma’s Hindus and raise awareness about their faith.
And now they’re in a bind. They can either reject both proposed monuments and insist on only having a Christian monument there, which will trigger an Establishment Clause problem, or they can open it up as a limited public forum. And boy, do they hate it when the laws they have to write as though they weren’t designed specifically to allow the government to endorse Christianity are used to promote other religions. It’s a Christian privilege thing — and you would understand.