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In a weekly religion briefs fixture published Sept. 30, The Associated Press reported erroneously the affiliation of a group asking to erect a monument depicting Satan. The group identifies as a satanic church but is not affiliated with the Church of Satan.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Religion news in brief

Religion news in brief

By The Associated Press


Oklahoma panel orders removal of Ten Commandments monument

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A six-foot-tall granite monument of the Ten Commandments outside the Oklahoma State Capitol is on its way out.

A panel that oversees artwork at the statehouse voted 7-1 on Sept. 29 to authorize the privately funded monument's removal after the state's highest court ruled that it violates the Oklahoma Constitution.

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt fought to keep the Ten Commandments monument, arguing that it serves a secular, not religious, purpose.

But since it was erected in 2012, several other groups have asked to have their own monuments installed, including a satanic church in New York that wants to erect a 7-foot-tall statue that depicts Satan as Baphomet, a goat-headed figure with horns, wings and a long beard. A Hindu leader in Nevada, an animal rights group and the satirical Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster also have made requests.

The original monument was smashed to pieces last year when someone drove a car across the Capitol lawn and crashed into it. A new monument was erected in January.

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