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Satanic Religious Sculpture Joins Xmas Tree and Menorah at Illinois Statehouse
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: December 05, 2018 12:15PM
Christians get mocked for using the power of the state to push their religion.


Should be in schools as well.

Critics are raising hell over a Satanic sculpture installed this week between a Nativity scene and a Hanukkah menorah in the Illinois Statehouse rotunda.
[nypost.com]

The 4½-foot-tall display by the Satanic Temple-Chicago Chapter depicts a snake coiled around a young woman’s forearm as the hand grasps an apple — a reference to the biblical story of Adam and Eve.

“We see Satan as a hero in that story, of course, spreading knowledge,” Lex Manticore, a leader and spokesman for the group, told the State-Journal Register.

But some people griped that the “Snaketivity” — called “Knowledge Is the Greatest Gift” — is offensive.

“Satanic Temple monument was added to the #Illinois Capitol rotunda displays. They fail to realize that the little baby in the manger has CRUSHED Satan’s head and the gates of hell will NOT prevail,” tweeted Illinois Family Action, an anti-abortion group.

Illinois secretary of state spokesman Dave Druker told the paper the Satanic group has the same rights as any other religious organization to set up a display in the rotunda.

“Under the Constitution, the First Amendment, people have a right to express their feelings, their thoughts,” Druker said. “This recognizes that.”

The state can’t censor a display that isn’t funded by taxpayer dollars because the Capitol rotunda in Springfield is a public space, Druker said.

The Satanic Temple raised over $1,500 on GoFundMe to build and install the statue.

In its application for the display, the group calls itself a nontheistic organization that aims to “encourage benevolence and empathy among all people.”

In 2008, a Springfield resident got permission to install an aluminum Festivus pole in the rotunda, referencing the Christmas alternative popularized in a 1997 episode of “Seinfeld.”



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 12/05/2018 12:44PM by Steve G..
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Re: Satanic Religious Sculpture Joins Xmas Tree and Menorah at Illinois Statehouse
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: December 05, 2018 01:57PM
I so love that the "Satanic Temple" is actually an atheistic political group. They don't actually 'worship Satan'. Quite simply, they use these little projects as a 'hey, wake up, people !' call to the casual acceptance of the unconstitutional connection of religion with government in this country. Applause to them. Mockery to those who find it offensive.

[en.wikipedia.org]
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Re: Satanic Religious Sculpture Joins Xmas Tree and Menorah at Illinois Statehouse
Posted by: Ted King
Date: December 05, 2018 04:20PM
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cbelt3
I so love that the "Satanic Temple" is actually an atheistic political group. They don't actually 'worship Satan'. Quite simply, they use these little projects as a 'hey, wake up, people !' call to the casual acceptance of the unconstitutional connection of religion with government in this country. Applause to them. Mockery to those who find it offensive.

[en.wikipedia.org]

A whole lot of doublethink goes into conservative Christians rationalizing away what the "Satanic Temple" guys are doing.
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Re: Satanic Religious Sculpture Joins Xmas Tree and Menorah at Illinois Statehouse
Posted by: bfd
Date: December 06, 2018 02:25PM
Is this why Dumbf couldn't recite the Lord's Prayer yesterday? Is it true that Satan can't utter anything from the bible without melting?
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Re: Satanic Religious Sculpture Joins Xmas Tree and Menorah at Illinois Statehouse
Posted by: Ted King
Date: December 06, 2018 02:36PM
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bfd
Is this why Dumbf couldn't recite the Lord's Prayer yesterday? Is it true that Satan can't utter anything from the bible without melting?

Got a chuckle out of that one.
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