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Satanic Temple Unveil Baphomet Statue To Cheers Of ‘Hail Satan’

The one-ton goat-headed bronze statue was finally exposed on Saturday amid protests from Christians

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Satanists unveiled the controversial Baphomet sculpture in Detroit after failing to place it next to the Ten Commandments monument in Oklahoma.

The Satanic Temple revealed the sculpture shortly before midnight on Saturday. Worshipers gathered at the location of the 9 foot bronze statue and hailed praises to Satan. The Satanist group aims to raise their one ton sculpture at the Oklahoma State Capitol grounds in challenge to another that is already there, the Ten Commandments monument installed in 2012. According to the U.S. constitution, the use of state property for the benefit of religion is banned. Recently the conservative Oklahoma governor Mary Fallin vowed to keep the Christian monument in place in spite of an Oklahoma Supreme Court ruling.

Satanists believe the Lord could benefit from the broken constitutional rights practiced in Oklahoma. Conservative Christians object to playing host to an effigy of the devil and the unforeseen consequences.

The Guardian reports:

Due to planned demonstrations, the group, which is opposed to Bible-themed displays on government land, kept the location of the unveiling of its nine-foot-tall monument secret until the last moment, when it emailed the information to ticket holders.

 

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The Satanic Temple unveiled the one-ton statue at an industrial building near the Detroit River just before 11.30pm local time as supporters cheered: “Hail Satan.” Some of the hundreds in attendance rushed to pose for photos.

The statue of a winged Baphomet with a human body and a goat’s head resembled a design the group previously released.

Statues of a boy and a girl stood in poses of adoration on either side.
Jex Blackmore, director of the Satanic Temple Detroit chapter, said temple members planned to transport the sculpture to Arkansas, where earlier this year the governor signed a bill authorizing a Ten Commandments monument on the State Capitol’s grounds.

The Temple had unsuccessfully applied to have the statue placed near a Ten Commandments monument installed in 2012 on the Oklahoma State Capitol grounds. The Oklahoma Supreme Court recently ruled the Ten Commandments monument violates a section of the state constitution that bans the use of state property for the benefit of a religion. Lawmakers in the socially conservative state responded with threats to seek the impeachment of the court’s justices and pledged to push for changes to the constitution.

Oklahoma governor Mary Fallin, a Republican, said she will keep the monument in place as the state appeals the decision.

On Saturday, the presentation of Baphomet in Detroit drew protest from local Christians. About 50 people prayed for the city and denounced the monument outside a business where the Satanic Temple previously tried to display the statue before fears of a backlash scuttled the plan.

“The last thing we need in Detroit is having a welcome home party for evil,” said the Rev Dave Bullock, a pastor at Greater St Matthew Baptist Church in Highland Park, Michigan.

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  • ChristopherBlackwell

    The concept of freedom of religion means freedom to practice all religions, not just those that we like. I am sorry, but the Christians have no right to protest this as they are the religion that has harassed every other religion in this country, even some of the Christian ones. Allowing others to practice the religion of their own belief is in no way a attack on Christianity.

    • bonkers labs

      satanism isnt a real religion tho, its based on blaspheming the bible tales and all the people who follow it are crack pots. its all bogus and people need to learn common sense.

      • Doey Bizznuss

        CRACKPOTS!!! Have you looked at that statue?? Looks like not only a Crackpot but a Demon smoking Crack.Wow this world is upside down, when people worship this Dickhead, who really only gives a shit about one more lost soul on his Horny checklist.Never see this kid bow down to that Fucking Goat Boy!!

        • ChristopherBlackwell

          Strange most of the crimes that you mention, we have Christians in prison for. Beside the fact that you don’t like Satanists, what statistics are you using to show that they do those crimes as well? I don’t recall any prison statistic on the number of Satanists arrested for those crimes. Or are you “Baring false witness” which is against the Ten Commandments?

          • Doey Bizznuss

            I am not a religious person, I don’t do church to worship Satan or God, but I am smart enough to know human beings kill each other every day over Religious beliefs.A slaughter perpetuated for thousands of years, it’s all based on Control and who’s”team” your on.Even Lucifer knows and can quote bible scriptures, but in the end, if they are real, then Satan loses anyway, if they are not, we still lose because we spent all this time with psychosis and voices in our heads leading the way….idk, I’ll find out when I’m dead, just like the rest of ya’s

      • ChristopherBlackwell

        Who gets to m which religions are real religions and which religions are not? Christian perhaps?

  • Miss.Anne Thropee

    Right, first of all? Baphomet (along with what pirates call ‘The Jolly Roger’, i.e The Skull and Crossbones) was first given life by the Knights Templar. That is a fact. Another fact? Christian doctrines, dates of importance and masses, even the basic concept of the rule of Opposites are all based on Pagan beliefs.’ We’, (well, those whom do) live under religion because Religion is a coping stratagem for the reality of Death. If you take a good hard look at most of the known organized religions, they are pretty much the same thing. Good vs. Bad, Black vs. White, Male vs.Female. etc, etc…Anyone that worships Baphomet for ‘evil’ purposes are idiots. ‘Baphomet’ whom contains binary elements representing the “sum total of the universe” (e.g. male and female, good and evil), first appeared as a term for a pagan idol in trial transcripts of the Inquisition of the Knights Templar in the early 14th century.
    The name first came into popular English usage in the 19th century, (along with the image we can Thank Eliphas Levi for, drawn in 1856)
    with debate and speculation on the reasons for the suppression of the
    Templars. (Incidentally, my family line is descendent of The Knights Templars, I am also Pagan, so…Seeing how Satanists have appropriated it as their worship idol also makes me a tad upset) Satanism today is nothing like those whom originally began their strife against Christianity…as Anton LaVey, the founder of what ‘modern Satanists’ base many of their beliefs in, The Church of Satan, once said “I don’t know why the Church has so many problems with Satan, afterall it has kept them in business for all these years..” is responsible for using The Goat of Mendes/ Baphomet as their idol. In fact, I think the entire concept of being a ‘Satanist’ can be argued as redundant if they do not believe in the Christian God, as a Satanist, or Luciferian, must believe in God, to claim their belief in Satan.
    In fact, That Baphomet was part of the indoctrination into The Knights Templar, bearing a name originated from Greek, Latin, and even Muslim undertones , is baphe metous, to mean Taufe der Weisheit, “Baptism of Wisdom” was the first to claim that the Templars were actually Gnostics, and that “Baphomet” supposed that the Templars had a secret doctrine and initiations of several grades of Gnosticism. Satanism is anything but Gnosticism. Which, to those of us that take offense with popular beliefs that Baphomet is synonymous with Satan. (In Fact, Satanism, if studied to it’s earliest roots was any belief that was against God. Also that Satan/Lucifer was not an ‘Evil’ deity, but one which wanted to expose Illumination, ergo, wisdom…being the Lightbringer. ) I have to wonder exactly what ‘Evil’ really means to most ‘Satanists’, as they sure do not represent such with modern beliefs, and many of it’s members taking any aspect of the pentacle as a ‘branding’ item, as opposed to the aspects of Knowledge and Power, which is the foundation of several mystical, and spiritual beliefs.
    If you fall for the whole ‘Satanic=Evil Power, Black Masses, and rebellion of the Trinity’ then, I am afraid that PR has done more for these people than one could ever imagine. There are far more dangerous ‘organizations’ than the many so-called Satanists that rarely even acknowledge any form of wisdom, rather more of a show…which is something that Anton LaVey strongly incorporated into his ‘Black Masses’ believing that the more drama in ‘serving the Master’ was a very real component that was just as important as wisdom. This is just that. A great big show, and a sad point in using an icon that I doubt many even are aware of when it comes to it’s factions.

    Namely? It’s just a statue…It means something only to those that truly make it so. There are more evil signs on the One Dollar bill.