The Chicago chapter of the Satanic Temple has erected a “Snaketivity” statue next to the large Christmas tree in the Illinois Statehouse rotunda.
When we think of the War on Christmas, it’s often people being being politically correct about certain language or words, but this group literally represents the polar opposite of the reason for the season.
The statue features a hand holding an apple with a snake wrapped around the hand, an obvious representation of the temptation in the Garden of Eden from the Old Testament. The Satanist display is not only close to the Christmas tree, but also a Nativity scene and a Hanukkah menorah.
The title of the Satanic display is “Knowledge Is The Greatest Gift,” which is meant to mock Christianity.
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How did this awful display even come to exist?
“While the Satanic Temple is celebrating its Christmas-mocking statue, state officials don’t appear to be quite as thrilled about the stunt,” reports The Daily Wire. “As NPR notes, nearby is a sign that makes clear that inclusion of sacrilegious statues like the ‘Snaketivity’ isn’t officials’ fault.”
The sign reads:
The State of Illinois is required by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution to allow temporary, public displays 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 speeches, but no regulation can be based on the content of the speech.
“Though the Satanic Temple describes itself as a “non-theistic organization,” it is still considered by the state to be a religious organization and thus is given the same rights as more mainstream groups,” Daily Wire notes.
The Chicago Satanic Temple even started a GoFundMe campaign to raise $1,500, which they did quickly. Their page also includes a “Satanic Christmas carol” that mocks “O Holy Night.”
“The Satanic Temple attempts to present itself as effectively an anti-religious social justice group,” Daily Wire reports.
“Social Justice?” What justice is found in opposing the most loving message imaginable – that of Jesus Christ? When you literally oppose “love thy neighbor” you’re doing it wrong.
While their First Amendment rights are protected like everyone else’s, these Satanists are “social justice warriors” this country and world could certainly do without.