Okla. leaders say Satanic monument unlikely

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ Legislative leaders in Oklahoma are seeking to ease public concern over a plan by a group of Satanists to erect a monument at the state Capitol.

Both House Speaker T.W. Shannon and Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman suggested on Monday that such a plan was far from a reality, and members of the committee that would need to approve the monument sounded skeptical.

The Associated Press reported that the New York-based Satanic Temple sent a letter to the Oklahoma Capitol Preservation Commission indicating its plans to donate an homage to Satan and have it placed near a Ten Commandments monument at the Capitol.

Bingman described the plan as a ``political stunt,'' while Shannon spokesman Joe Griffin said such a display at the Capitol ``would not be appropriate.''