When you think of crowdfunders involving musicians, album and tour funding are likely among the first ideas to pop up. But not for Vital Remains singer Brian Werner.
As a high priest in the Satanic Temple religious organization, Werner decided to pay an "homage" to Satan with a seven-foot Baphomet statue in front of the Oklahoma Statehouse. Since such an operation requires a solid amount of funding, the vocalist turned to online community, and interestingly enough managed to fetch over $26,500 out of the initial $20,000 Indiegogo goal.
The reason that sparked the whole idea was the erection of the Ten Commandments statue on the north side of the building's grounds. As an equality cry-out, the satanists are now demanding their own statue right next to the Christian figure.
"By accepting our offer, the good people of Oklahoma City will have the opportunity to show that they espouse the basic freedoms spelled out in the Constitution," the Satanist Temple stated, adding that the organization is "keenly attune to the need for a public-friendly design and plan is to make our monument an object of play for young children," as well as that "by contributing to the Satanic Temple's monument you will be contributing to the spread of religious diversity and a raising of the public consciousness."
Being very professional and serious in his approach, Werner explained his stance during a Decibel magazine chat. "We didn't want to just put up a massive upside-down cross with a middle finger," he explained. "We were trying to come up with something more cohesive. We get comments all the time that 'I don't believe what you believe.'
"And that's the exact point," the singer added. "A lot of people don't believe what we believe. We want to put it up to show the duality of our nation. Not everyone in this country is a Christian. There are Buddhists, Muslims, atheists..."
Check out the clip below for some of the reactions to the campaign in the media.
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