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Satanic holiday display installed at Illinois Capitol


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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS) — A Satanic holiday display has made a reappearance under the Illinois State Capitol dome.

Members of the Satanic Temple of Illinois came to Springfield, Ill. Monday to install a Satanic display in the rotunda. The installation depicts the deity Baphomet as a baby. Satanic Temple members said that the display is meant to represent plurality, unity, compassion, and empathy, and described it as "a display of positive values."

 

"The Capitol welcomes a diverse range of religions every year to display holiday statues during the holiday season, so we wanted to join in on that," Satanic Temple of Illinois Minister Adam said.

 

"Minister Adam" did not provide a surname.

Just feet away from the Satanic display, members of the Catholic group "American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family, and Property" gathered to protest. Parishioners held banners reading, "Satan has no rights" and "Mary crushes the serpent."

On Nov. 30, the Springfield Diocese installed a Nativity scene in the rotunda. During that installation, Bishop Thomas Paprocki said there was no place for Satanic displays in the Capitol, or anywhere.

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The Satanic Temple of Illinois installed a holiday display at the Illinois State Capitol on Monday, Dec. 20, 2021 (WICS/Jakob Emerson)

 

The Satanic Temple of Illinois says they invited Paprocki to participate in the installation of their display, but he did not make an appearance.

The Baphomet statue is on loan from the Satanic Temple in Salem, Mass.

A sign from the State of Illinois sits in the rotunda in front of all holiday displays and says:

"The State of Illinois is required by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution to allow temporary, public display in the state capitol so long as these displays are not paid for by taxpayer dollars. Because the first floor of the Capitol rotunda is a public place, state officials cannot legally censor the content of speech or displays. The United States Supreme Court has held that public officials may legally impose reasonable time, place and manner restrictions regarding displays and speech, but no regulation can be based on the content of the speech."

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Gee, in Illinois?? no way....

I'll take shit-hole states for 100, Alex

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