Nothing says "Happy Holidays" quite like the Satanic Temple erecting a statue of a demon, depicted as a parody of the birth of Christ, in a government building.
From the State Journal-Register in Illinois:
"The state Capitol rotunda will have a satanic display alongside other religious art for a third year. The Satanic Temple is returning with an art installation to celebrate the "satanic holiday" of Sol Invictus.
The group conducts advocacy for reproductive rights and the separation of church and state as a tax-exempt religious organization.
This year's display will feature the "satanic deity" Baphomet, depicted as a swaddling babe. It was designed by Albuquerque-based horror artist Chris P. Andres.
The exhibition will be installed at 1 p.m. Monday in the Capitol rotunda, overseen by The Satanic Temple's Illinois congregation."
So, for the third year in a row, the state of Illinois is allowing the satanic temple to promote their religion within the walls of the Capitol. Inside the rotunda, next to other legitimate religious symbols.
'Tis the season, I guess.
He's an ugly bugger too, ain't he?
How in the world can the people of Illinois continue to put up with this sort of nonsense?
"The group's displays have courted controversy, particularly from the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois and its head, Bishop Thomas Paprocki. He recently oversaw the installation of a nativity scene in the Capitol rotunda. At the event, Paprocki said satanic displays "should have no place in this Capitol or any other place."
"Mocking the millions of Christians in the state of Illinois and billions around the world by depicting the baby Jesus this Christmas with the ‘satanic deity' Baphomet is the very definition of evil and causing division, but that is to be expected from an organization that is in existence to troll people of faith," said Andrew Hansen, a spokesperson for the diocese."
The Catholic diocese spokesman has it completely right. There's no sincere religious reason to display this artwork from the Satanic Temple. It is simply, and boldly, just a "troll" of religious people.
It's a mockery and a troll and it has no place in this display of sincere religious traditions.
But, I guess, as long as the Satanic Temple continues to support "reproductive rights" (meaning the right to kill children in abortion) and hypocritically protest separation of church and state, they'll continue to be welcomed by the Democrat Party.