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Satanic Temple’s plans for ‘largest public satanic ceremony in history’ backfire after Detroit protesters force them to unveil huge goat-headed Devil statue in private
- Group’s co-founder says people against statue threatened to burn the venue down
- The nearly nine-foot tall monument cost more than $100,000 to be built
- Detroit was selected for the unveiling because of groups ‘strong’ following
- The statue will eventually be erected outside Arkansas’ Statehouse
The Satanic Temple unveiled a controversial goat-headed bronze monument at a secret Detroit venue on Saturday.
The 8½-foot-tall Baphomet monument shows Satan with horns, hooves, wings and a beard.
Backed by an inverted pentagram, it weighs more than a ton and is flanked by statues of two young children gazing up at the creature.
The Satanic Temple, a group that advocated for the separation of church and state, was originally going to host the statue’s revealing at a popular restaurant until the owner backed out after receiving threats.
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This photo shows the bronze monument featuring Satan with horns, hooves, wings and a beard flanked by two young children. The Satanic Temple unveiled the statue at a private event in Detroit on Saturday
Instead, the group held a secret, ticketed event at an undisclosed location in the city.
The group’s co-founder Lucien Greaves told the Associated Press that people had threatened to burn the venue down prior to the unveiling.
WJBK reported that hundreds of people showed up for the event, including protesters who are strongly against the group.
The statue was to have been unveiled July 25 at Bert’s Market Place in Detroit’s Eastern Market district, but Bert Dearing said he gave the group back it’s $3,000 rental fee when he learned who booked the place.
‘Detroit is a very religious area,’ Dearing said.
‘When I rented the place, I just thought it was a church. I didn’t know about the unveiling of a statue. We weren’t aware they were into devil worshiping.’
Hundreds of people waited in line to The Satanic Temple’s unveiling of the goat-headed statue on Saturday in Detroit
The Satanic Temple Detroit chapter founder Jex Blackmore has said the group doesn’t worship Satan but does promote individuality, compassion and views that differ from Christian and conservative beliefs.
The statue was designed and built at a cost of more than $100,000 and had been planned for the state Capitol in Oklahoma City until Oklahoma’s Supreme Court banned religious displays, including a monument of the Ten Commandments on Capitol grounds.
Greaves said the statue will not remain in Detroit and that The Satanic Temple wants to erect it outside Arkansas’ Statehouse in Little Rock where a Ten Commandments monument also is planned.
Detroit was selected for the unveiling because The Satanic Temple in the city has a ‘strong congregation,’ Greaves said.
‘We just have a good community over there.’
The group’s co-founder says that Detroit was selected as the host city for the unveiling because of the ‘strong congregation’ the city has
Blackmore said Detroit has more than 200 registered members.
The group erected a display in December outside Michigan’s state Capitol in Lansing.
The ‘Snaketivity Scene’ featured a snake offering a book called ‘Revolt of the Angels’ as a gift.
The snake was wrapped around the Satanic cross on the 3-feet-by-3-feet display. Like other religious displays, it was taken down each night.
Many people protested against the controversial monument. One person even put a large statue of an angel (pictured above) in the back of a U-Haul truck to the event
Bishop Charles Ellis III, pastor of the 6,000-member Greater Grace Temple in Detroit, said he is not concerned about a statue depicting Satan being unveiled in the city because America ‘was built on freedom of speech and freedom of religion.’
‘If we ask others to be tolerant of our religion, we are going to be asked to be tolerant of their religion as well,’ Ellis said.
‘Tolerable does not mean you have to practice what they practice or that you are condoning what they are practicing. I’m not saying I’m being accepting. I’m just saying I have no control over that.’