Have a holly-jolly Satanic Christmas???
There is a new statue in the Illinois State Capitol and it isn’t a Christmas tree or the Menorah. The Satanic Temple-Chicago Chapter just put up its own display.
The statue is called “Knowledge is the greatest gift” and it depicts a snake coiled around an arm holding an apple.
The Satanic Temple-Chicago Chapter said the structure represents the moment in the Bible that Eve is tricked into eating the forbidden fruit, in the process learning of good and evil – but earning a place on God’s naughty list.
On its website, the Temple explains that its mission “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.”
While many may object to the statue, the state says the First Amendment protects Satanic speech.
The temple has put up a similar display at the Michigan Capitol and protested a display of the Ten Commandments. The group also drew controversy after putting up a statue of a goat-headed creature named Baphomet outside the Arkansas State Capitol in August.
The organization doesn’t show signs of slowing down any time soon.
Lucien Greaves, co-founder of The Satanic Temple in Salem, told Vice, “We are on the front lines in the war against encroaching theocracy.”
My Pearland News reached out to “Friends of the Satanic Temple Houston” group for comment but did not receive a statement in time for publication.