Detroit Satanic Temple Unveils Controversial Baphomet ‘Satan’ Statue

It looks like Detroit, Michigan, will be giving Devil’s Night a run for its money this year when it unveils a much contested, now infamous statue of Baphomet at an undisclosed location in the city Saturday night.

The official invitation, online, offers “a night of chaos, noise, and debauchery at The Unveiling, a hedonistic celebration introducing the controversial Baphomet monument accompanied by provocative performances and installations.”

The invitation states:

“Never before seen in public, The Satanic Temple Baphomet monument is already the most controversial and politically charged contemporary work of art in the world. Weighing one ton and towering at nearly nine feet tall, the bronze statue is not only an unparalleled artistic triumph, but stands as a testament to plurality and the power of collective action. The event will serve as a call-to-arms from which we’ll kick off our largest fight to date in the name of individual rights to free exercise against self-serving theocrats.”

Dig: These folks are relentless! It’s the same statue and group doing this known for a similar showdown in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, where they attempted to put the goat-headed testament to free speech and the freedom of religion to the test by having the statue placed in proximity to a Ten Commandments monument. A similar attempt was also waged in Bill Clinton’s old stomping grounds – Little Rock, Arkansas.

But things didn’t work out in Oklahoma City after the group behind the statue began receiving a barrage of criticism, amongst which were actual death threats stating they “should be shot.”

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In Detroit, however, often considered one of the most violent cities in the country and sometimes topping the list, the statue seems to have found a home and no one had to die, either.

AlanisMorissette wrote a song about that years ago, didn’t she? Don’t-cha think?

It’s like rain on your wedding day, when the spokesperson for the Archdiocese of Detroit, Joe Kohn, responded to the statue’s unveiling: “There are certainly concerned Catholics and concerned Christians in the city,” but then turns around and says, “The Archdiocese is not organizing anything.”

What are Christians and Catholics to think? To do?

No response to the bronze unveiling of Satan in their midst? From the church? Satan must already have a hold on him. Yep, Kohn, they got to you. Satan’s got you already and you thought it was just a head cold. You thought it was a free ride, but now we’re all finding you’ve already paid.

And yet, founder of the Detroit chapter of the Satanic Temple, Jex Blackmore, offers the good advice that the folks in a tizzy over the statue just won’t seem to take, saying the Satanic Temple merely wishes 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.”

Who would have thought the Satan worshipers would turn out to be the sane, sensible, civil and responsible ones in the matter and the Christians and the Catholics the ones threatening murder?

It figures.

Oh, what a tangled web the Religious Freedom Restoration Act doth weave.

If you live in the greater Detroit area, tickets can still be purchased, here. Only prepaid ticket holders will be permitted to attend.

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