We reported on this statue long ago when it was in Oklahoma. The controversy about the 10 Commandments statue has relit the flame of the satanists who want to call attention to their right to have a huge bronze statue of Satan next to the Commandments. When you read the description of the event in Detroit it sounds like America and Detroit really have gone to hell in a hand basket.
The Satanic Temple is set to unveil its controversial goat-headed Baphomet sculpture at an undisclosed location in Detroit on Saturday night.
The event, open to pre-paid ticket holders only, is advertised as the largest public Satanic ceremony in history.
According to the Satanic Temple, the one-ton, nearly 9-foot-tall bronze idol will only be unveiled in Detroit. Ultimately, the group hopes to have it placed permanently next to a sculpture of the 10 Commandments monument now in place near a state courthouse in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, or outside Arkansas’ Statehouse in Little Rock where a 10 Commandments monument also is planned.
The Oklahoma City monument to the 10 Commandments has been the site of a political/social battle for the past several months. Opponents of the monument want it removed on the grounds of separation of church and state while backers view it as the backbone of American Christian/Judeo values.
The Oklahoma Supreme Court recently ruled that the 10 Commandments monument was illegal — a decision that the governor of Oklahoma is fighting.
The group’s co-founder, Lucien Greaves, has said the Baphomet statue will not remain in Detroit.
Detroit, however, 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 Baphomet statue, which was designed and built at a cost of more than $100,000, 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.
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 Satanic Temple states 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.”
The Satanic Temple describes itself as a civic minded organization that has been involved in a number of good works, including taking a stand against the extremists actions of Westboro Baptist Church.
It is also encouraging invitees to “dance with the devil” through the soulful musical offerings of the “mutant ensemble” known as Wolf Eyes and dark performances by the Boston-based industrial doom punk band Sadist (fresh off their recent performance with Screaming Vomit).
Read note: Detroit News