Vital Remains Singer Crowdfunding Satanic Monument at Oklahoma State Capitol

Brian Werner and the Satanic Temple religious organization fetch $26,000 for a seven-foot Baphomet statue.

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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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So do you think the Satanist Temple should get their statue? Let us know in the comments.

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    Minicaxotinho
    This isn't really new, and I've read somewhere: "I bet that this monument will never be vandalized"
    Koiracorpse
    Everything for everyone. Sounds good.
    Prometh3us
    I live outside of Tulsa, OK (About an hour and a half from OKC) and it's funny how the news stations here are spinning it to sound like this is an attack on the Ten Commandments statue there. The argument is that if you represent one religion, then you should represent them all. The general ignorance in this state doesn't see it that way though. But it will be interesting to see that if/when this statue is built how much vandilization there will be to it by all the "peaceful God-fearing Christians" in this state. It will really show the hypocrisy and arrogance some of the more extremists have. If anyone is curious about the news reports, there's one I saw last night on Fox 23 KOKI about it. I had to explain to one of my sisters what the whole ordeal was really about.
    jdallman
    You're absolutely right, and unfortunately, people who cll themselves Christians, and some actual Christians in a panic caught up in the mass stupidity, will do exactly as you've suggested. The messed up parts is that will be the representative of Christ. Folks who might read a Bible, but don't rightly follow it's precepts. I'm Christian, let em build it. Either God is in control, or He isn't. I don't agree with it, necessarily, but then again I think we have bigger problems to deal with than a statue.
    Cavalcade
    The Vital Remains guy didn't start this, he's just supporting it. Check your facts, UG.
    JPSkeebs
    I understand the point, but there are so many more worthwhile causes that $25,000 would help. Cancer research, food pantries, etc...
    Shadow914
    Did they not put up a ten commandments statue? Guess that was money well spent for the good of the starving, dying and homeless.. I agree with you that all this money they waste on religions every year could be put to virtuous use. But I'll contend to the end that equality=equality and if one religion is offered a chance to do as such, ALL religions should be offered the same. Although I'd prefer no religious monuments of any type.
    AAAaaayyy!
    exactly my point,but nobody on here seems to understand that.
    KerNeL_KLuTcH
    nah because sticking it to Christianity is all that matters.
    Majin Gaara
    Yeah let's go after a peaceful religion and ignore far more deadly religions like Islam. Oh, that's because you're probably liberal. Typical.
    Brandon1993
    I'm fairly certain that Christians have killed their fair share of people. Oh wait, thats right. It's fine when Christians kill people "in the name of God" but it's not when other religions do it.
    KerNeL_KLuTcH
    me a liberal, hahahahahahahaha, that's the funniest thing I've heard all day. I was just making fun of dumb****s wasting money on religion.
    Genrecore
    Fine by me, it's his freedom. I'm atheist and I find this ****ing stupid, but I respect his freedom to do so...
    Cavalcade
    Out of curiosity, what's an atheist doing with an inverted cross and pentagram as their profile pic?
    Majin Gaara
    Because when MOST atheists are anti-religion, they really just mean anti-christianity. most Atheists I know now a days are pro every other religion, like Islam for example.
    KerNeL_KLuTcH
    Some atheists are just as bad as every other religious extremist. They are just as dogmatic, and too cowardly to actually **** with religions that are currently killing thousands, like Islam.
    Northernmight
    I love this. Also the Lord Hannuman (spelled?) statue that the Hindu's wants erected should be put up! If all works out, this could end up being a truly remarkable come-together of all sorts of cultures! I'd love to see it! Also, on the already erected statue. Does anyone find it funny that one of the ten commandments is "Do not worship frickin' idols", so they erect a statue of the ten commandments to worship it? That's like.. Stupid times infinity.
    Tonganation
    They word idolatry loosely. Anything can be considered an idol by them, even television. But an idol could never be something they worship and revere
    Shadow914
    Idol: - An image or other material object representing a deity to which religious worship is addressed. - Any person or thing regarded with blind admiration, adoration, or devotion.
    alexwinchell
    I'm a christian and i understand the whole "equality" thing. The problem with that statue being made is it promotes evil. The 10 commandments don't show anything but good things. I don't care if it's a religion or not, it's all about evil and people don't like that. Our world is bad enough without some devil statue being placed somewhere. Also in our Pledge Of Allegiance we say "under God" in it, we were founded by God-loving men. We're not making the 10 commandments statue to make non-christians feel like shit, we're doing it because that's what this nation was founded on. Satan statue is just to rub it in christians faces and promote evil.
    Holoogamooga
    The "under God" was added to the Pledge in 1954 to differentiate us from the "Godless Commies." Most of the founding fathers were Deists. This nation was not founded on a religion. That's why they implemented the whole "separation of church and state" thing.
    Sumlover41
    Finally someone with a brain. The idea of USA is great. But post WWII-America(also known as 'murica) is beyond all ridiculousness. It's 2014, get ****ing real.
    Tonganation
    Why is Satan considered evil? The only reason is that Christians claim Satan is an evil figure. Satan actually embodies a lot of great qualities that people like such as individualism, rebelling against unjust authority, and forging your own destiny. These qualities are actually very much applicable to how Americans think of ourselves. You can disagree with them, but this is why Satan is a revered figure by Satanists. You should learn what Satanists actually believe, because it isn't as simple as "promoting evil." Also, you're completely wrong about this being a "Christian Nation." The United States is a secular country founded on the values of Enlightenment philosophers like Locke and Rousseau, not Christianity. The Ten Commandments display is an affront to the separation of church and state the founders established since it is a government endorsement of Christian belief and nothing else.
    Shadow914
    It's nice to see someone knowing their facts before ignorantly defended what they've been told.
    HoddiDarko
    Being a satanist means by no way being evil. There are many types but I guess most are LaVey satanists and they just believe in believing in your self and doing what you want. Not letting some old script tell you what to do. Very few satanists worship Satan as a supreme being but those who do mostly keep it for themselves.
    mattjamesrenn
    agree, from what I have read satanists don't actually worship satan per se but it's an idiology. although my sources may have been misleading
    StratusX
    "Also in our Pledge Of Allegiance we say "under God" in it, we were founded by God-loving men." The Pledge of Allegiance wasn't composed til 1892, 116 years after the establishing of the United States. It wasn't until 1954 that "Under God" was added, and it was during the fear of the "Godless Communists" coming to destroy America. Learn your history. I never submitted the whole system of my opinions to the creed of any party of men whatever in religion, in philosophy, in politics, or in anything else where I was capable of thinking for myself. Such an addiction is the last degradation of a free and moral agent. -Thomas Jefferson, letter to Francis Hopkinson, March 13, 1789
    ilitmyselfonf
    in the bible the punishment for breaking the commadments is being stoned. "You shall have no other gods before me". Stoning people for being in a different religion is hate crime. God killed millions of people. Satan didn't get close. I don't know who is supposed to be the evil one.
    Majin Gaara
    You're ****ing retarded. You're taking incidents completely out of context without putting any pieces together. You have so much homework to do it's pathetically sad.
    Shadow914
    Settle down as he is partially correct, "god" didn't kill people, people with believe killed people without believe as sanctioned by the vatican, one of many other such incidents in our colorful history. The crusades is just a very lucid instance.
    ilitmyselfonf
    in the bible the punishment for breaking the commadments is being stoned. "You shall have no other gods before me". Stoning people for being in a different religion is hate crime. God killed millions of people. Satan didn't get close. I don't know who is supposed to be the evil one.
    satansnachos
    First off, the pledge of allegiance wasn't written until 1898 (by a reverend, NOT A FOUNDING FATHER), second, here is a quote from a TRUE founding father "The bell ringing for church, we went thither immediately, and with hearts full of gratitude, returned sincere thanks to God for the mercies we had received: were I a Roman Catholic, perhaps I should on this occasion vow to build a chapel to some saint, but as I am not, if I were to vow at all, it should be to build a light-house. Ben Franklin
    SkepsisMetal
    I still find it funny that in this day and age people who claim to be "Satanists" still think that an upside down cross (the cross of Saint Peter) symbolises the antichrist and is disrespectful to the religion.
    BledGhostWhite
    Seeing the Republicans scramble like this to reinterpret the constitution is hilarious. It's so obvious that they only abide by religious freedom when it's convenient to them. As soon as another religion wants the same rights as their precious Christianity, they're "insulting America". Absolutely ridiculous.
    jaymes.watson
    worry about your bad music dude the rest will fall in order. What is he a teleevangelist?
    JPSkeebs
    I understand the point, but there are so many more worthwhile causes that $25,000 would. Cancer research, food pantries, etc...
    Brandon1993
    I wish they'd have a pic of a mock up of what the statue would look like. I'm interested in seeing this.
    Clayden82
    This guy is seriously lost. Satan is nobody's friend. Jesus is the only one who loves you.
    Yabba Who
    Satan only killed 2 people in the bible. God killed millions. Just sayin'.
    theotherguy7145
    People are saying that the $25000 could go to a better cause (which it could) but to be fair this cause is worthy too. Eventually the abolition of all religions will mean people stop protesting and hindering other worthy causes such as researches into cancer cures and contraception in third world countries because of their own personal beliefs. A step towards making EVERY religion just as acceptable as christianity is a step towards making every religion just as dismissible as Satanism is deemed to be. (For the record, when you look at it, Satanism for the most part is about living in harmony and not harming anyone else- a lot more civilised than christianity). With the exception of violent extremists, then the christians who actively work to try enforce their own religion upon everyone are doing most harm towards creating a peaceful world today.
    Northernmight
    I am very surprised at how many people are critical thinkers here, it makes me very happy. I half expected it to be an endless flood of Christian Americans whining. I was wrong. +1 for UG right there.
    tonello
    Oh good, cause we need a statue of Baphomet at the Oklahoma State Capitol. Here's the problem with that. It's Oklahoma. You're are attacking the people of Oklahoma. A Southern state. Where is the highest concentration of Christians? The Southern States. There is so much more that we could do with $25,000 than have a pissing contest on who can build the bigger statue. There are still kids starving in Africa, right?
    AAAaaayyy!
    LOL What a complete waste of crap
    ceestewart
    Do you have a better use for crap? If you give me your address I can supply you with quite a bit of crap. I usually just flush it.
    AAAaaayyy!
    Woah there internet tough guy,and actually yes i would have a better use for 26,000 then building a silly statue of satan. honestly, let's not be fooled all satanists are atheists, and it's obvious they're trying to get their voice heard and i think that's great! but if they wanted to do something to promote "equality" they should have given that money to charity or something more useful.
    ceestewart
    I don't see how giving money to charity would make the point though. This is a secular country and if you allow one religion to put up their silly statue, you should let them all do it. They should have left that door closed. That said, I'd contribute to a statue of Zeus. Or better yet, Crom.
    BledGhostWhite
    Wrong. Not all Satanists are atheists. Technically, Laveyanists are, but there is such thing as theistic Satanism. If Jon Nodtveidt was around to see what you just wrote, he'd kill you and then himself. As it stands, though, you're just an idiot.
    Tonganation
    How exactly does giving to charity promote equality in this instance? It's meant to be a direct protest against the Ten Commandments monument, since courts have ruled that statehouse displays must be inclusive if they have religious displays, as in open to all who desire one. I'd prefer there be no religious displays at all since the government must be neutral towards all religion and the money be better spent elsewhere, but I support this as an effort to tell conservative Christians they don't get singular endorsement when they make government an open forum for religious displays. They have to face the consequences of that decision, and this is about the only way they'll listen.
    DisarmGoliath
    Personally, I'd much rather see a statue of Alex Jones dressed as a comedy devil put up in that place. In the name of free religious speech, obviously...
    badfish_lewis
    I won't debate his argument because it makes some logical points, but let's be honest, it ain't gonna happen
    \m/HUX\m/
    We will see how many will still see God as the evil one when Jesus Christ returns and all will see that He is the only way. You all need to read the Bible for yourselves, instead of taking this hell bound world's opinion of it. Once you do that, you will see how few of Christians there actually are. Most are just Christians on Sunday, thinking that going to church is all it takes.
    Shadow9Vesper
    Do you mean read the Bible like read the whole Bible, not the protestants' edition, but the real thing? Like both New AND Old Testament? I hope so, since the protestant canon (just as Roman canon) omits the **** out of things they thought weren't as cozy as patriarchy and "Chosen Ones" supremacy. If so, good luck with being coherent with your lifestyle and beliefs. Cause you know, Jesus was kinda...Jewish. And he lived by the rules of Old Testament. So I guess it's doing a load of extremely stupid things for you, then. Or aren't you a real Christian, living by the rules of YOUR Lord and Savior?
    \m/HUX\m/
    Yes I mean the whole Bible. If you have read just some of it, you would understand more about the old and new testament and how we are lucky to live in the new testament age. Make fun all you want, but I hope to see you in heaven.
    INSULIN
    have no idea who the HELL he is or his -satan songs cause it's easy to write crap like that.