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

11 Jul

As if Detroit didn’t have enough troubles already…

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.

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“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.

They’re just progs, play-acting at being Satanists, just to poke a thumb in the eye of Christians, and to agitate for prog goals like abortion.

I know how the people of Paris would handle this kind of thing

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

  1. Will S.

    July 11, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    Reblogged this on Will S.' Culture War Blog.

     
  2. Senghendrake

    July 11, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    Satanists who do not actually believe in Satan are the most extreme form of “useful idiot”.

     
  3. Will S.

    July 11, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    Indeed.

    And there are more of them than pure, hard-core Satanists; they’re represented by the likes of the late Anton LaVey’s ‘Church of Satan’, whereas more hard-core believing Satanists are more likely to be affiliated with organizations like the Temple of Set.

     
  4. feeriker

    July 11, 2015 at 9:10 pm

    My first reaction upon reading this was “Well, ok, so is this thing being raised on ‘public’ property? If so, then yeah, I’d be upset too and call for its removal. Is it being raised on private property? If that’s the case, then it’s no one’s business but the property owners. Sure, I find the statue as offensive as most other people would, but even more offensive –and dangerous– is the continuation of the slippery slope we’re already descending of special interest groups, using government as a proxy, dictating to property owners how they can or cannot use their own property (in other words, proving that ‘private’ property does not exist in practical terms).”

    All of that rant said, I’m betting that even if they do erect the thing, it’ll be of passing interest, soon ignored, then vandalized or taken down. And yeah, it is pretty obvious that these people aren’t real Satanists – which is why they really should just be ignored. Churchian (pseudo?) outrage is only giving them unwarranted publicity.

     
  5. RICanuck

    July 11, 2015 at 10:11 pm

    In Detroit an empty house will be stripped of its copper wire in a few days. The copper is sold as scrap.

    How much copper will there be in a one ton statue? Let them build it. It will be stolen for scrap in a matter of weeks.

     
  6. Will S.

    July 11, 2015 at 11:23 pm

    @ feeriker: I agree that if they do it on private property, it’s not as big of a deal; their original goal was to erect it on public property though, and they’ll only settle for private if they must.

    True, it would be better to just ignore them, I probably ought to have done so myself.

    @ RIC: 🙂

     
  7. infowarrior1

    July 12, 2015 at 12:08 am

    Wait what? Satan is a horned goat???

     
  8. Will S.

    July 12, 2015 at 12:13 am

    A goat’s head, on a human body, with wings.

    {Yawn} Kinda boring, eh? What happened to the evil-faced, beastly depictions of yore? They were much more repulsive, and much more inspiring, I should think, for budding Satanists, than this lacklustre goat-man-bird figure.

    You can tell they don’t really believe in Satan, by how crappy their imaginations are, concerning his appearance.

     
  9. Eric

    July 12, 2015 at 1:50 am

    Most of the hard-core Satanists I’ve ever encountered usually tried not to get attention and show off in public like this. They don’t even openly recruit for their cult. These guys in Detroit are just bozos and attention-whores like those idiots who wear colanders on their heads for ID photos.

     
    • Will S.

      July 12, 2015 at 1:52 am

      I was thinking earlier of the Flying Spaghetti Monster twits, and was going to comment and compare them; you beat me to it. 🙂

       
  10. Eric

    July 12, 2015 at 1:59 am

    They should have made a devil statue like this:

    It’s less corny, and people would actually think of having picnics near it.

     
  11. Will S.

    July 12, 2015 at 2:02 am

    🙂

    That brings up an interesting point: in North American culture, we use images of the devil for foodstuffs, for sports team mascots, etc., and think nothing of it. When one objects, people think one is over-reacting, I’ve noticed.

    But really, should we be using the devil as an advertising or sports mascot?

    I don’t think so. I’m pretty sure that’s offensive to God, really.

     
  12. feeriker

    July 12, 2015 at 9:59 am

    But really, should we be using the devil as an advertising or sports mascot?

    How about as advertising for cosmetics or feminine health and hygiene products?

     
  13. feeriker

    July 12, 2015 at 10:03 am

    Oh, and the more I look at that statue in the picture, the more obviously satirical it appears to be. If these guys intend to be taken seriously, then the artist really blew it with his concept …

     
  14. infowarrior1

    July 12, 2015 at 10:26 am

    @Will S.

    Wait since Satan is the one who is prideful and because of such pride sought equality with God. Surely he doesn’t like being satirized.

     
  15. oogenhand

    July 12, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    Reblogged this on oogenhand.

     
  16. Will S.

    July 12, 2015 at 6:35 pm

    @ feeriker: “How about as advertising for cosmetics or feminine health and hygiene products?”

    🙂

    “Oh, and the more I look at that statue in the picture, the more obviously satirical it appears to be. If these guys intend to be taken seriously, then the artist really blew it with his concept …”

    Maybe the artist was secretly subverting them. 🙂

    @ infowarrior1: That’s true, it probably angers him.

    The one thing that probably bothers him most: those of us who ignore him, follow God, and get on with our lives.

     
  17. Tammy

    July 12, 2015 at 11:16 pm

    Our government feels no obligation to protect Christians and their believes. Therefore we must be the ones to out smart the Devils that we are up against in our life’s. View this as an opportunity to educate. Wherever satanic statues are placed, within that proximity create an “educational site-opportunity” area for Christians to visit, calling it the battle, good vs evil. One side can be for evil, satanic statue, the other side a Christian site with beautiful peaceful religious statues, sitting areas and bible story, reading listening material, also include an arrow pointing to the satanic sculpture reading satan will always create temptation you must remain strong. You could make signs asking self questions such as ( are time on earth is temporary, we will end somewhere, where will your destination be?) further display inspirational Christian quotes for motivating Christians. Make each site different so that people can go to each of them for inspiration, a place for Christians to gather and educate.? Further this would open the door and ideas for other religions to create their own site to fight satan.

     

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