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‘Bringing Satan to Springfield!’ Satanic Christmas monument erected in Illinois statehouse

Published: December 5, 2018
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Amidst the Christmas trees and Hanukkah menorahs, the Illinois Capitol is decked out with an unusual decoration this festive season: a black snake sculpture from the Chicago branch of The Satanic Temple.

The sculpture, named ‘Snaketivity,’ depicts a coiled snake wrapped around an arm holding an apple, a symbol of knowledge. A plaque under the piece bears the inverted pentagram of the Temple of Satan, and the text: “Knowledge is the greatest gift.”

Installing a Satanic sculpture wasn’t the decision of Illinois lawmakers. A sign near the installation explains that under the First Amendment, the state of Illinois must allow temporary displays in the Capitol building, as long as they are not funded by taxpayer dollars.

The installation was crowdfunded by The Satanic Temple, with the GoFundMe page reading “please consider what you may do to help us bring Satan to Springfield!”

Despite what the name might suggest, The Satanic Temple does not worship a horned, red-skinned devil. Rather, the group promotes freedom of speech and campaigns against organized religion in general. It installs statues and artwork in public spaces to spread its message.

“We do not promote a belief in a personal Satan. To embrace the name Satan is to embrace rational inquiry removed from supernaturalism and archaic tradition-based superstitions,” the organization said.

The satanists' message was lost on some people. Angry comments on the Temple’s Facebook post warned that God “will not allow this trash much longer,” and advised people liking the post to “read your bible.”

“Chicago truly has gone to hell,” another wrote.

The Temple’s festive stunt is not its first. In August, the group displayed a seven foot bronze statue of goat-headed deity Baphomet on the lawn of the Arkansas State Capitol in Little Rock. The group erected the statue to protest a display of the Ten Commandments installed by a Republican state senator one year beforehand.

As well as worshipping the First Amendment, The Satanic Temple venerates the holy concept of US copyright law. The temple settled a lawsuit with Netflix last month, after the makers of the show ‘Sabrina’ featured an unauthorized copy of their Baphomet statue. The Satanists argued that the show painted the winged, horned demon creature in a bad light, misrepresenting it as “unholy.”

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Members of the Satanic Temple held a "Rally for the First Amendment” yesterday at the Arkansas State Capitol, where they unveiled an 8.5-foot bronze statue of Baphomet with two adoring children at his side to the Arkansas State Capitol. The Satanic Temple is suing the Federal Government for the right to permanently install the statue on the Capitol grounds, arguing that since the Capitol has a Ten Commandments monument, other religions must be allowed to display their symbols there, too.

Satan worshippers turned out to cheer the unveiling of a bronze statue dedicated to a goat-headed, winged creature called Baphomet in Little Rock, Arkansas. The Satanic Temple organisation arranged the rally outside the Arkansas State Capitol building to protest a Ten Commandments monument already on the grounds.

The Satanic Temple has unveiled a new statue of Baphomet in Detroit in what’s been billed as the largest public satanic ceremony in history. Reuters via Yahoo News has the details: A Satanic organization unveiled a controversial bronze Baphomet sculpture in Detroit just before midnight on Saturday, after trying in vain to have it installed near a 10 Commandments monument in Oklahoma.Members of the Satanic Temple in Florida sought to put up a holiday display in the state Capitol Building this year as other religious and non-religious groups have done. But state officials denied the request by the temple, which is now citing a U.S. Supreme Court decision supported by five conservative justices to support its case.A few months ago we highlighted the story of the controversial statue being planned by the Satanic Temple for proposed placement at the Oklahoma Statehouse. After raising funds to cover the project, the group has now commissioned the creation of the statue, and it’s well on its way to bronzing. The first look at the statue is being met with reactions across the board, ranging between delight and humor, to concern and condemnation.

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