OKLAHOMA CITY, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- A Satanic group based in New York said it has been surprised by the support it's received for a statue the group wants to place at the Oklahoma state Capitol.
The Satanic Temple of New York caused a stir this month when it proposed a 7-foot-tall statue of Satan and two children be placed alongside a Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the Oklahoma state Capitol, The Oklahoman reported.
The group contends if the the Christian monument is allowed to remain in place, other monuments such as the satanic statue should also be allowed.
The group said it has received a lot of support, much of it from Christians.
"It's really the best I could hope for. The response has been remarkable, amazing," group spokesman Lucien Greave told the newspaper. "I couldn't have hoped for this magnitude of positive response, but I'm really moved by it. I'm happy and encouraged by people. We're getting emails from people who are Christians who feel comfortable reaching out to us and supporting it.
"They are starting to look past the labels to see what we're actually doing and what we actually stand for. I am surprised, but I'm very happily surprised," Greaves said. "We've gotten a flood of emails from more Oklahomans who stand behind this project and are willing to support it -- sign a petition, sign a waiver, you know, help establish our standing or help in any way they can."