The Illinois Statehouse has displayed a sculpture gifted to them by the The Satanic Temple next to a Nativity scene and a Hanukkuh menorah, as reported by NPR.
“The State of Illinois is required by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution to allow temporary, public displays in the state capitol so long as these displays are not paid for by taxpayer dollars,” a sign next the sculpture said. “Because the first floor of the Capitol Rotunda is a public place, state officials cannot legally censor the content of speech or displays. The United States Supreme Court has held that public officials may legally impose reasonable time, place and manner restrictions regarding displays and speeches, but no regulation can be based on the content of the speech.”
In other words, the state recognizes that the Satanic Temple is simply trying to be a menace to the public at large that wants to celebrate America’s judeo-Christian roots during this holiday season, but it has no choice but to placate the devil worshippers.
The sculpture depicts and arm holding an apple with a snake wrapped around the two, and the words “Knowledge Is The Greatest Gift.”
The Satanic Temple’s website explains the church’s beliefs.
“The mission of The Satanic Temple is to encourage benevolence and empathy among all people, reject tyrannical authority, advocate practical common sense and justice, and be directed by the human conscience to undertake noble pursuits guided by the individual will,” it says.
It sounds like more of a political organization than a religious one. The “church” even brags that has “applied for equal representation where religious monuments are placed on public property,” which seems to be a crowning achievement for them.
Outside of the landing page of the website, the Satanic Temple lists some of its campaigns, which include a program called “Educatin’ with Satan,” specifically designed to “counter Evangelicalism in schools.” They also have a pro-abortion campaign.
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