Satanic Temple still plans to unveil devil statue in Detroit, despite protests

Image from thesatanictempledetroit.com

Image from thesatanictempledetroit.com

(SOURCE)   The Satanic Temple plans to unveil a large statue dedicated to the devil in the city of Detroit later this month, despite intensified protests by church leaders and residents that have caused the original venue to back out of the event.

Originally slated to be unveiled on July 25 at Bert’s Warehouse in Detroit before the venue canceled its involvement, the 9-foot bronze statue of Baphomet, a goatlike idol with a man’s body, horns and wings originally associated with the Knights Templar. The statue reportedly weighs one ton and is made of bronze.

On its website, the Satanic Temple said the state “is intended to complement and contrast the Ten Commandments monument that already resides on Oklahoma State Capitol grounds.”

“The statue will serve as a beacon calling for compassion and empathy among all living creatures. The statue will also have a functional purpose as a chair where people of all ages may sit on the lap of Satan for inspiration and contemplation,” temple spokesman Lucien Greaves said in a statement earlier this year.

Although the statue was originally meant to stand alongside the 10 Commandments monument in Oklahoma, the state Supreme Court there recently ruled that the monument must be removed because government property cannot be used to show support for any religion. Now without a home for the statue, the Satanic Temple is considering applying for space near a 10 Commandments monument at the Arkansas State Capitol, according to Fox News.

“The message behind Baphomet is a reconciliation of the opposites, not this call to arms of one against one, but a merging of the two,” Director of the Detroit Satanic Temple chapter and national spokeswoman Jex Blackmore told Fox. “That’s part of the reason that it can only exist standing next to the Ten Commandments. That’s part of the message. We wouldn’t want to proselytize as a single voice in the public square.”

Until then, it’s planning a special unveiling in Detroit, home to the organization’s first chapter.

However, backlash from the community is making the event tougher to pull off than the group anticipated. Feeling the heat, Bert’s Warehouse pulled out of the event, leaving the Satanic Temple searching for another venue. The group told local WXYZ it was disappointed in the decision but that it still plans to continue with its unveiling on the same date at an unnamed location.

Local church leaders have banded together to oppose the statue and declared their intent to organize a protest on the same day the state is revealed.

“The last thing we need—in a city where we’re fighting against violence and fighting against economic problems and unemployment and the water crisis—is a statue dedicated to Satan right downtown,” Pastor David Bullock of the St. Matthew Baptist Church told Christian Today.

“They’re bringing a Baphomet statue to the city of Detroit valorising, elevating Satan. This is not even a real religion in my estimation,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Temple has marked the occasion as a special one, saying it will “serve as a call-to-arms” for the group to begin a fight “in the name of individual rights to free exercise against self-serving theocrats.”

A recent story by Vice News highlighted one aspect of this battle, describing the group’s effort to challenge laws restricting abortion on the grounds that such regulations actually violate a Temple member’s First Amendment right to freedom of religion. According to Vice, the Temple believes an individual’s body is “inviolable” and therefore only he or she can decide what to do with it. Because the group also believes a fetus is not a person, but rather “tissue that belongs to a woman,” it’s up to the woman and not the state to determine whether or not to keep it.

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6 thoughts on “Satanic Temple still plans to unveil devil statue in Detroit, despite protests

  1. Read For your Salvation in The Book Of Revelations And pray about what you think is right on such things as erecting a giant satanic statue! It is all in the Bible prophecy if you don’t believe in the Bible good luck in the end of times. The Wrath of God will be known and then maybe you will want to be with him instead of fire and brimstone and burning forever.

  2. How crazy is this… Does this look like a figure of ‘compassion and empathy among all LIVING creatures’..?..
    How are the 10 Commandments offensive? The ten Commandments are laws that when observed is a blessing of good tidings and when disobeyed brings judgment and calamity. The first tablet is about God and the second is about man. Is it about the first tablet (the spiritual side) that people find assaulting, invading, insulting their free choice? to love God above everything else, to not use His name in vain, to not bow down to graven images, to keep the Sabbath holy… Or is it the second, to honor your parents, not to commit murder, adultery, steal, bear false witness (lie), or covet…? Where is the shame in knowing truth of what sin is? Or is it that it points out man’s sinful nature..?.. Wake up people!
    We take God out of everything and replace it with this! Really! Then wonder why God’s protection is no longer with us. Judgment is coming (has already begun) for all the offenses this planet and this country has committed, instead of following, believing the true source of compassion and empathy, Jesus Christ — as in the days of Noah…
    Kudos to Oklahoma’s Supreme Court. May Detroit follow suit.

    Come Lord Jesus, come. God bless us all.

  3. Thanks for your comment “I pray for God’s Salvation”.

    What is of the light will shine forth, what is hidden in the darkness will be made known. Yet there will always be those with hardened hearts and blinded eyes who will not be able to differentiate between good and evil. They all need our prayers for vision and understanding.

    God bless!

  4. It’s very sad SweetJava, that so many will perish due to the hardening of their hearts, which in fact leads them to have blind eyes, and deaf ears. What is good will be made evil, and what is evil will be made good. This is what we now see happening in the world today.

    Whatever is holy and righteous is being turned into evil by the world, by Satan himself. The rise of satanic worship is a sign of our times, the end times!

    What keeps me from thinking that I’m nuts is knowing that God is in control of “all” things, even the evil. Everything that we see happening is part of God’s divine plan.

    The world will continue to turn evil, no matter what we do, it’s part of God’s plan. However, we should continue to shine our light, to pray for the lost, make disciples of all nations, feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and comfort the suffering.

    God bless!

  5. I hear you brother! And my reasoning as well. As believers we are commissioned to spread the word by our actions, our mannerism, our speech, with the Good Lord on our side they might strike down the body but they can’t kill the spirit within. We have been bought with the precious blood of Our Savior. A gift He bestows on anyone who humbly seeks Him.
    I pray people see the truth in these deceiving times. In Jesus’ name. Amen. God bless

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