Not to Be Outdone by the Satanists, Now a Hindu Group Wants a Monument at the Oklahoma Capitol

The floodgates are open and the view is glorious.

A week after the Satanic Temple said they wanted to put up a monument outside the Oklahoma Capitol building (in response to a Ten Commandments monument already on the grounds), a Hindu group is following in their footsteps.

Activist Rajan Zed put out a press release today saying that his group, the Universal Society of Hinduism, would be applying for a monument of their own outside the Capitol building, this one honoring Lord Hanuman:

One depiction of Lord Hanuman

[Zed] said that 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 perfect grammarian.

Rajan Zed stated that he had written to Oklahoma State Capitol Preservation Commission Chair Trait Thompson and others for detailed procedure, required forms, conditions to be met for approval, size and dimensions of the statue, etc., for permission to erect the Lord Hanuman statue, which they planned to make big and weather-proof.

If the Commission votes yes on the proposal, conservatives will flip out.

If they vote no, they’re just inviting a lawsuit.

This is beautiful.

Reporter Bill Sherman of the Tulsa World spoke with Thompson and asked if the Hindu monument would be approved:

“I suppose when one group gets some publicity, everyone else wants to make their point,” he said.

Is there any chance a Hindu statue will be built at the Capitol?

“I can’t speak for the commission,” Thompson said.

That’s the sound a man makes when he’s sinking in quicksand.

The lawmakers in Oklahoma brought this upon themselves. If they wanted a Christian monument, they should’ve known that others would ask for representation of their religious beliefs, too. I guess they didn’t anticipate that the requests would come from normally silent groups.

Incidentally, this isn’t Zed’s first run-in with politicians. In 2007, he delivered an invocation address in the Senate that was greeted with boos from angry Christians in the crowd.

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  • Rogue Medic

    As James Madison explained in Federalist #10 –

    Rights protect minorities from the majority.

    Complaints are everywhere heard from our most considerate and virtuous citizens, equally the friends of public and private faith, and of public and personal liberty, that our governments are too unstable, that the public good is disregarded in the conflicts of rival parties, and that measures are too often decided, not according to the rules of justice and the rights of the minor party, but by the superior force of an interested and overbearing majority. However anxiously we may wish that these complaints had no foundation, the evidence, of known facts will not permit us to deny that they are in some degree true.

    By what means is this object attainable? Evidently by one of two only. Either the existence of the same passion or interest in a majority at the same time must be prevented, or the majority, having such coexistent passion or interest, must be rendered, by their number and local situation, unable to concert and carry into effect schemes of oppression. If the impulse and the opportunity be suffered to coincide, we well know that neither moral nor religious motives can be relied on as an adequate control. They are not found to be such on the injustice and violence of individuals, and lose their efficacy in proportion to the number combined together, that is, in proportion as their efficacy becomes needful.


  • 3lemenope

    Shorter Hamilton: “Rights are very inconvenient things. That’s the very reason they exist.”

  • tracy two crows

    The Maniacal cackle I let out while reading this just underscores even more why I’m glad I’m an Atheist:the sheer,immense joy I felt at the thought of all the Tea Taliban idiots heads ‘sploding over this would get me burned in the 9th Circle of Hell for sure!*CACKLES..EHHEEEEHEEE* ;)

  • Michael Dolan

    Actually, that’s pretty much standard for Satanism.

    “I give people Ayn Rand with trappings.” – Anton LaVey

  • Captain Cassidy

    Because rights aren’t supposed to be up for votes. It is very uncommon for a dominant majority to willingly give rights to those who lack them or to allow its privilege to be peeled back even a little. That’s why our Constitution was set up to avoid that problem. It’s bad enough that sometimes rights (like equal marriage, or women’s bodily self-ownership) get put to a vote, but this isn’t an ideal situation and we should not be encouraging that people’s rights or freedoms be put up for grabs by an increasingly polarized, ignorant, touchy, angry, and possessive majority faith system’s adherents.

  • Captain Cassidy

    The only way to win is not to play? Say it ain’t so!

  • Captain Cassidy

    Thanks for saying so.

    You’re totally right, btw, about what you say below about how evangelicals invited this problem. They absolutely did callously start a turf war over the Constitution, and I’m pretty sure they did it because they thought they’d win. They wanted a culture war, and they got one. And now I don’t think they’re happy about it. Their sheer shock at learning they are not winning is making this fiasco entertaining as heck to me. Thank you for being sane and wanting a secular society where ALL people are free to worship or not as they like, safe in the knowledge that their government doesn’t play favorites.

  • Captain Cassidy

    Ah, just get a Kip’s Big Boy statue.

  • NetDost – Visual Inspiration

    fill the bloody place with monuments, it could become an interesting tourist destination

  • Andy
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  • ShoeUnited

    A little bit to chew on: The monuments of The Ten Commandments are a graven image.

  • ArthurPaliden

    I want to see Aphrodite up there:

  • Adam Krasuski

    Just as a thought…The separation of church and state is not a liberal issue. It is in fact a small government conservative issue. Not wanting the government to force an idea on other is very conservative. Attempting to use the government to force your ideas on others is a liberal idea.

    So to call people who want religious icons on government property conservative is incorrect. Calling them religious liberals would be closer to accurate discription.