The Devil Went Down To Detroit

Via World Net Daily:

After weeks of speculation and protests by Christian leaders in Detroit, the unthinkable took place. Just after 11 p.m. on July 25, a satanic organization unveiled a 9-foot statue of the goat-headed Baphomet, a pagan symbol of Lucifer. The 1-ton statue features two young children looking up adoringly at the devil. Leaders of the Satanic Temple have been saying for weeks they planned to unveil the statue somewhere in Detroit and leave it there temporarily before moving it to Arkansas, where they plan to set it beside the Ten Commandments at the State Capitol. This is the same statue they attempted to erect months ago in the Oklahoma State Capitol. Nine Detroit preachers have done battle with the Satanic Temple, protesting the statue being brought to their city and pleading with the city not to allow it. “They got kicked out of Boston, Oklahoma didn’t want them, they tried to put (it) up in Florida, that was shut down,” said David Bullock of Greater St. Matthew Baptist Church in Detroit at a recent news conference. “Now they come to Detroit. Why do they come to Detroit? We gather together to stand, as one unit, against this demonic spirit,” said Pastor Don Shelby of Burning Bush International Ministries.

World Net Daily either doesn’t know or doesn’t care that the Satanic Temple is actually a group of atheist pranksters opposed to religious icons on public property. WND points their readers to the website Church Militant, which “infiltrated” the statue’s unveiling party.

Before the unveiling, the announcer denounced the protestors who had shown up outside the original venue — in addition to ChurchMilitant.com’s presence and our conspicuous six-foot-tall statue of St. Michael secured to a flatbed truck, two women were also present holding up a large banner with an image of the Blessed Virgin Mary. At 11 p.m., two men in leather S&M attire grabbed each side of the sheet and yanked it off, to loud applause and shouting. The men then stood directly in front of the monument and began kissing lewdly while the crowd cheered, and afterwards a steady stream of VIP ticketholders — who had paid $75 for the chance to approach the statue — took turns sitting on Baphomet’s lap while engaging in sexual groping, mostly homosexual in nature. Outside, ChurchMilitant.com staff drove the St. Michael statue around the venue three times while reciting the St. Michael prayer.

VIDEO: Church Militant founder Michael Voris spoke to local news outside the event. Five years ago I reported that Voris was calling for a “benevolent Catholic dictatorship in the United States.” 

  • +10 for the Charlie Daniels Band reference!

  • AtticusP

    Psst…pass it on…

    • Rebecca Gardner

      LOL

    • Prion

      Every time you use “LOL” a demon gets his horns.

      • oikos

        on which head?

      • Rebecca Gardner

        Zuzu’s horns.

    • bkmn

      Yup

    • ColdCountry

      I always thought it stood for “little old lady,” until the internets came along.

      • Rebecca Gardner

        I actually thought it meant “Lots Of Love” until someone pointed it out to me in the early days of chat.

        • ColdCountry

          Yup, that was the second one I learned. Guess we’re old.

      • Sporkfighter

        It still does among RNs.

        • ColdCountry

          Probably where I learned it – my sister was an RN.

    • Marc

      I can’t decide if this is more stupid than the “heaveno”/”hello” nonsense.

      • AtticusP

        1. I don’t think it was meant to be serious, and

        2. It’s no stupider than the beliefs of these people.

        • Marc

          It’s hard to tell with these folks. The LOL thing made its way to Snopes.

          Edit: Grammar is not my friend today.

          • AtticusP

            LOL!

      • GreatLakeSailor
        • Marc

          Well that’s just common sense! THE DRINK OF THE BEAST!!!

  • Jake

    So I guess they don’t want religious sculptures on public property after all!

    • bkmn

      Yeah but they still don’t understand why there needs to be a separation of church and state, and never will.

      • jomicur

        “Freedom of religion for us Christians! The rest of you can go fuck yourselves, just like Jesus says!”

    • Joe in PA

  • oikos
    • Bad Tom
      • oikos

        Cool link. Thanks for sharing.

    • BobSF_94117

      I see Baphomet, but I think Bath-o-mat, a favorite pet groomer from olden days.

      • oikos

        From Ronco?

        • BobSF_94117

          No, no. There was a place called Bill’s Doggie Bath-o-Mat.

  • Michael Rush

    And once, it felt like someone shoved a bundt cake ring down over my head. And the bundt, right, honey? And the bundt unbraided, and the filling rose up in flames, and all the raisins turned into demons, and I put my hands up, and I said, “Demonic raisins, I rebuke you!”

    tammy faye bakker as played by jan hooks on saturday night live .

  • StSean

    those freaks at WND have vividly gay imaginations.

  • Rocco Gibraltar

    They should have cast an image of my beloved Flying Spaghetti Monster. Just as fictional as Jesus or satan, but much tastier.

  • robirob

    Any excuse is a good excuse for them (in this case: WND) to spread fear, hate, and ignorance.

  • Joseph Miceli

    Religious freedom is religious freedom. If they don’t like the “Satanic Faith” they just have to suck it up or have their religious monuments curtailed as well.

  • shellback

    Religious liberty for me, not for thee.

  • bkmn

    Morans.

    • TampaZeke

      That one never gets old!

  • Sam_Handwich
    • Joseph Miceli

      Adam: “Call me.”

    • TampaZeke

      Even by the account of the Jewish/Christian book of fairy tales, Lucifer was God’s most beautiful and perfect creation.

    • Daniel S

      Damn, I would kneel in supplication all for that.

    • 2karmanot

      That works……gulp

    • Homo Erectus

      I believe!

  • 2patricius2

    “This statue of St. Michael actually beat that statue of Satan in St. John’s Apocalypse…” And Harry Potter actually beat Voldemort in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. So inquiring minds want to know – is a statue more powerful than a literary character, or is it the other way around?

  • pablo

    Shorter Church Militant: “My imaginary friends can beat up your imaginary friends!”

  • olandp

    “… goat-headed Baphomet, a pagan symbol of Lucifer.”

    Why would pagans have a symbol of Lucifer, a Christian entity? If one rejects the belief in the god of Jesus, hence a pagan, would one not reject all of its symbols? Logical thinking is not a Christian virtue.

    • bkmn

      Religion does not allow for logic hon.

      • Friday

        Speak for your own damn religion. If the ‘Satanic Temple’ isn’t being ‘logical’ that’s because they’re *satirizing hypocrisy.*

    • BearEyes

      if it ain’t xtian, it must be pagan – even when it’s not.
      same mindset that lumps socialism, communism, fascism, etc. all in the same sentence as if they were the same – when they’re not.

      • Prixator

        So, in short, idiocy?

        • Homo Erectus

          Or just plain ignorance.

          • Friday

            It’s not as if they’d have to look all that hard before defaming, if ignorance were to blame. 🙂 Defamation more like. 🙂

    • TampaZeke

      Keep in mind that these are the same people who say that pagans are “devil worshipers”, which is impossible since pagans don’t believe that there is a devil. It’s hard to worship something that you don’t believe exists!

      • In Genesis, it’s pretty clear that YHWH, the God of Israel, is the local god for the Hebrews, and other cultures had their very real gods as well. All these other gods are considered, by at least some YHWH worshippers, to be devils or demons, allowing them to claim that they are monotheistic (even though they., at least the Christian oens have three gods-for-the-price-of-one), Kind of a “One God, all other Gods are devils . . . “

        • GreatLakeSailor

          Yeah, I think I read that Baal/YAHWAH/Jehova was originally cast as one of 12 gods (and not the “top god”) and that over time the worshipers whittled it down to just the one. I recall the process of elimination involved their perceived connection between to whom they prayed and whether they won which ever war they happened to be fighting. Violent group they were.

        • TampaZeke

          By that argument, Christians are devil worshipers since the God of Israel in Genesis and the descendants of the Hebrews who created him in their image see Jesus as a foreign god.

        • Trog

          Also, if you think about it, the Ten Commandments rule “Thou Shalt Have No Other Gods Before Me” even implies that there are other gods but you just shouldn’t place them about the one true god.

    • Friday

      We don’t. Baphomet’s really from western occult traditions, and isn’t the Christian Devil either, but Christians and Satanists seem to both have decided that’s the notion.

      Really it was common practice for monotheists to claim other people’s Gods must be Christian devils or names thereof, that’s why they depict their Devil as having goat horns or hooves anyway, despite bearing no resemblance to say Pan or Jupiter, (whose statues were at time painted red. ) ‘Lucifer’ obviously being a Latin name thus not referring to their ‘Satan’ at all, but actually it would be an *epithet* of various Gods associated with …Light. 🙂 Being Pagan isn’t actually about ‘rejecting Christianity,’ Christianity claims everything is about itself and its devils. Still trying to *demonize* Pagan Gods to this day, and those of any other culture they find. Even the Muslim version of their *own* God, actually. This is nothing new.

      Satanists are either trying to mock Christianity or figure most people picked the wrong side *in* the same worldview, generally. Or don’t have much of a clue in the first place. (Kids acting out and imitating what the preachers told them Satanism would be like aren’t exactly literate in comparative mythology either, and black metal bands aren’t necessarily much better informed. 🙂 )

      • GreatLakeSailor

        re: The Satanic Temple, I’ll go with mock.
        Lucien Greaves, aka Doug Mesner, is pretty well read.
        http://www.vice.com/read/unmasking-lucien-greaves-aka-doug-mesner-leader-of-the-satanic-temple

        • Friday

          Yeah, that particular outfit doesn’t make a big secret of that. Also they’ve got kind of a history of using Pagan Gods and symbols to mock the Christianists as if there *were* some connection, which doesn’t do actual Pagan people’s religious freedom any good, but is kind of one of those atheist tropes as well as part of Christian defamations of us.

          Though they may have largely cut that out by now, haven’t heard of them doing that in quite some time.

    • The name “Baphomet” Is a corruption of the name Mohammed (Mahomet). See:
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baphomet

      I also note that the Templar association with Bahomet is misunderstood. They had an image of Baphomet on a disc or coin. They would reverence the *other side* of the coin – as the “opposite” of the Devil – being God.

      The inquisitors saw it as the Templars kissing the devil’s backside (the side of the coin without an image), not realizing the implication. However, the Templars seem to have been dabbling in a sort of Dualism, in which God and Satan are opposite sides of the same coin, so to speak – and they pretty much set it up as if Muslims were worshipping the “other side” (i.e., the Devil), rather than the same God.

      • Friday

        That’d just go to show that homophobes and witch-hunters are pretty obsessed with bum. 🙂

    • David F.

      Logical thinking XStain – there’s an oxymoron (or just moron in most cases).

    • Raising_Rlyeh

      Same reason that Lucifer is goat legged like Pan in most depictions and the same reason that most pre-judaic deities in the region were said to be actually demons by christians.

      • Friday

        Not just ‘were’ and not just in that region, actually. They do it pretty much *everywhere* they meet anyone else. 🙂 Some of the more, err, ‘colorful’ Christianists seem to have decided the Goddess is a demon that lives on Mount Everest that they need to be in ‘spiritual war’ with. Yah. Verra messed-up. 🙂

        • B Snow

          They seem to be getting it confused with that Anne Rice novel that had the vampire on a mountain in Nepal, maybe? whom the locals worship as a god. But he was a dude. VERY colorful, but also very fictional.

          • Friday

            Seems a stretch, even for their own lunacy, there. I’m not familiar with that book but that sounds like an extra-insane connection to try and draw. 🙂 Gods, who cares *where* they got it, they find some reason to demonize *everyone* non-Christian.

    • RoFaWh

      Thinking of any type, logical or otherwise, is not a xtian virtue.

    • Bj Lincoln

      Thank you! The Christians separated all good from all evil so Satan is a christian construct. Real Pagans don’t worship Satan. We don’t believe in hell. I hate that we are lumped in with Satan worshipers and how our symbol of peace is abused by them, the media and in movies.

      • Marc

        Hell, most Satanists don’t even worship Satan.

    • Gyeo

      The best part is that the concept of Satan as the grand enemy of God is not a Biblical concept at all. The Snake in the Garden of Eden in Genesis was an actual snake, hence why God cursed it to crawl on it’s belly. It wasn’t an incarnation of Satan but rather a Biblical attempt to explain why snakes don’t have legs. King and Samuel mentions Satan but not as a grand evil but as an adversary. In Chronicles, Satan is used to describe one of God’s messengers. Then in Chronicles, Job, and Zachariah, Satan is used to refer to God’s inner circle of angles. Satan, at best, is a class of Angels god uses to test Humans. The concept of an all-encompassing evil Satan is not a Biblical one but an adaptation of Pagan ideas by Medieval Christians.

      It amuses me to see Christianists scream SATAN IS EVERYWHERE at everything because to me they haven’t read their f’ing Bible close enough.

  • zhera

    Nothing says Satanic like standing in line, calmly and politely. Anarchy! Chaos! Loki and Lucifer getting it on! Armageddon!

    • Mark

      You forgot Beelzebub. My personal fave…..

    • Bad Tom

      And homosexually kissing lewdly!

    • LonelyLiberal

      I’ve always thought long lines were a sign of the End Times myself.

      • MBear

        premixed mojitos are the sign of the end times

        • Octavio

          True. Premixed anything is an abomination. 🙂

          • MBear

            actually I realized there is something worse after I clicke [Post]: premixed cosmos

            If you don’t have time to shake up a martini, you should not be drinking

    • B Snow

      I could not find an image of Loki and Lucifer kissing, but I did find this, which is off-topic but accurate.

      https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/ef/7b/8e/ef7b8e2c8d94ec085ce6d81b17e66beb.jpg

    • Homo Erectus

      Benghazi!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • LonelyLiberal

    Somebody has no sense of humor, and it isn’t the Satanists.

  • TexPlant

    too funny!!! Getting all those religious loons all worked up!! We need a few of those statues in Texas!!

  • Nathan

    I like the statue, but I’m a furry so any anthro statue I like.

  • radiofreerome

    I wish these atheists would stop promoting Roman Catholic mythology.

  • Michael

    To prevent fundie whackjobs from entering the event, all persons desiring admittance were required to sign the following:

    “I agree that by signing this document under any name, given or adopted, actual or pseudonymous, I am hereby avowing my soul to Satan (aka Abbadon, aka Lucifer, aka Beelzebub, aka The Antichrist). I do so knowing that He (aka The Fallen One, aka The Father of Lies) or any of His representatives may choose to collect my eternal soul at any time, with or without notice. I understand that my signature or mark representing any name, real or made up, upon these papers constitutes a lasting and eternal contract, and that there will be no further negotiations on the matter of my eternal soul.”

  • Peter Wde

    $25.00!!

  • TampaZeke

    These guys are doing a BRILLIANT job of exposing the “religious liberty/freedom of religion” crowd for who and what they really are.

  • Tipsy

    This wouldn’t have happened if Detroit wasn’t dragging its heels on its RoboCop statue. Now THAT’S a deity I can depend on!

    • B Snow

      I’d buy that for a dollar!

    • Man_in_the_mists

      He’ll even protect you from the Terminator. It’s true.

  • AJD

    Hail Satin!

  • JW Swift

    Ah, I needed a good chuckle for my Monday morning, back at work again. I just might make it through the day now without going “postal”.

  • DaveMiller135

    “Well, by freedom of religion, I really just meant that people are free to be Baptists, or Methodists, or even Lutherans.”

    • LonelyLiberal

      Catholics if they’re in a good mood, which is rare.

      • grindstone

        Oh honey, y’all do not know Voris (noted above) and count your lucky stars you do not. That wack job would like you to be Catholic, only Catholic, no other gods before CATHOLIC. His web videos rival the 3rd Eagle’s for straight up cray.

  • This *had* to have been a lot of fun for the folks on all sides. The horns! Costumes! Prayers, chanting, kissing, groping, leather, and religious processions! It’s too bad the video didn’t catch the St. Michael and BVM activities.

    As long as people are not getting violent over it . . .

  • Webslinger

    You can’t be an atheist and believe in the Devil…

    • Friday

      Well, most Satanists *are* atheists just putting it on. 🙂

      • Webslinger

        well then they are not atheist…atheist believe in nothing and since Satan is something that is akin to a deity…that does not wash….

        • Friday

          What part of ‘putting it on’ did you not get? They don’t seriously *believe* in that character, they’re performing satire.

        • GreatLakeSailor

          This might help. From: unmasking-lucien-greaves-aka-doug-mesner-leader-of-the-satanic-temple
          http://www.vice.com/read/unmasking-lucien-greaves-aka-doug-mesner-leader-of-the-satanic-temple

          VICE: Is the Satanic Temple a satanic, or a satirical group?
          Doug: That is a common question. I say why can’t it be both? We are coming from a solid philosophy that we absolutely believe in and adhere to. This is Satanism, and to us it couldn’t be called anything other than Satanism. However, our metaphor of Satan is a literary construct inspired by authors such as Anatole France and Milton—a rebel angel defiant of autocratic structure and concerned with the material world. Satanism as a rejection of superstitious supernaturalism. This Satan, of course, bears no resemblance to the embodiment of all cruelty, suffering, and negativity believed in by some apocalyptic segments of Judeo-Christian culture. The word Satan has no inherent value. If one acts with compassion in the name of Satan, one has still acted with compassion. Our very presence as civic-minded socially responsible Satanists serves to satirize the ludicrous superstitious fears that the word Satan tends to evoke.

          The article is worth a read.

    • SockMikey

      Also Wiccans are *not* Satan worshippers.

      • Friday

        We certainly aren’t. Of course the Christianists lie about that *all the time.* (while simultaneously claling ‘pagans’ Atheists, too. Not that that makes any sense. 🙂 )

  • Wynter Marie Starr

    If you don’t want satanic symbols in public places the solution is very simple; stop putting symbols of your religion in public places. Also, pagans don’t believe in a devil. Pagan gods of music, wine, and sex were co-opted and fashioned into the christian devil.

    • Homo Erectus

      Christian music sucks, but they’re down with the other two on Saturday night 😉

      • Wynter Marie Starr

        Yes, but the wine is cheap and the sex is boring.

  • Bad Tom

    Wait. The Satanists were in Boston, with their Baphomet statue, and I didn’t know???

    Damn.

  • Baltimatt

    Wait! What happened to religious freedom?

  • Jeffrey

    “benevolent catholic dictatorship” is still just called fascism.

  • MBear

    why do these christians hate religious freedom and america?!?

    • SockMikey

      They only want freedom for THEIR religion(s).

      • MBear

        which version?
        We really should work to get the christian factions fighting each other.

        Then sell tickets & concessions.

      • Homo Erectus

        Satan scares the shit out of believers in the one true god.

    • GreatLakeSailor

      Your’s was likely a rhetorical question, but what the heck, here goes: Because, through repetitious propaganda (like, what other kind is there??), the terms “religious freedom” and “religious liberty” have been synthetically connected to what the rest of us recognize as “privilege.” Dominionists/Theocrats, funded by Oligarchs since about 1935 to promote NeoFeudalism/anti-New Deal for their own benefit, have reframed those terms. When these Fundies hear “religious freedom”, in their mind it invokes an entirely different set of understandings, so a logical argument falls on deaf ears. Lampooning them demonstrates to those not too far gone the fallacy of the reframe. Breaking the synthetic metaphor in those it has already infected requires narratives that specifically avoid invoking the affected frame.

      ref:
      http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/15/opinion/sunday/a-christian-nation-since-when.html
      http://georgelakoff.com/

  • RobynWatts

    Psst…..hey Christers! Satan already went up to Michigan almost 25 years ago, but lost to a DJ duel. So don’t get your holy underwear in a bunch, OK?

    http://youtu.be/KwV7W_FFTCA

  • JaniceInToronto

    I love The Satanic Temple. They are our best hope of avoiding a theocracy in North America. Go Satanists, go!
    And don’t forget to donate: http://www.thesatanictample.com

  • Raising_Rlyeh

    “a satanic organization unveiled a 9-foot statue of the goat-headed Baphomet, a pagan symbol of Lucifer.”

    Jesus Fucking Christ, won’t these people learn some fucking history. The idea of “Baphomet” wasn’t even invented until the 11th century and it was christians that invented the notion of baphomet. It is not a representation of satan. In fact, the image of Baphomet is based on the 19th century image of a Sabbatic Goat and was a symbol of the union of all things.

  • 2karmanot

    I sat on Baphomet’s lap once. Nada, nothing, —so disappointing…..oh, what’s that: that was Santa? Oh, never mind.

  • BobSF_94117

    Soooo…. the atheists think homosexuality is Satanic, too…

    • Friday

      Well, technically it’s more like they know it’ll outrage the homophobes. (These are after all *stunts* to make a *point* about Christians using the government to *command* religious worship of and obedience to their version of their their God.)

      • BobSF_94117

        I suppose… there’s a point where mockery of other people’s foolish prejudices just becomes reinforcement.

        • Friday

          There’s that, but it’s not like the Fundies don’t just go ahead and make stuff up regardless, on the other hand.

    • Homo Erectus

      Satan is for everybody – just like the baby jeebus.

  • ColdCountry

    No statues of imaginary beings, but the confederate flag is ok.

  • Octavio

    Loved the shot of the guests wearing their special optical lenses. Red is always a good color. I bought a pair of cosmetic lenses with vertical pupils with a yellow green iris. They hurt like hell (I’m not one meant for contact lenses) but certainly make a statement for the half hour I can stand to wear them. I’m always looking for an appropriate function where I can wear them. 🙂 “Hail, Dorothy!”

    • Tor

      MEOW!!

  • MrVinegar

    Looks like a fun party, wish I could have made it! Hail Satan!

    https://www.facebook.com/TheSatanicTempleDetroit/photos_stream

  • Rick Zajac

    Yes, once again my Detroit is in the news and once again it’s not for something good. Check out the Detroit Free Press online; I love the pic of the protestor “overcome with prayer” sitting on the sidewalk. I think it’s more like she hadn’t had a Moonpie in over an hour and was getting a tad peckish. Yesiree folks, they’ll rant and rave about “freedom of religion” unless it’s a “religion” they don’t like. Miserable hypocrites. Downtown Detroit and midtown are looking pretty good but the vast remainder of Detroit is one big shit hole with a protestant “make up your own theology” church on practically every corner. Maybe God is trying to tell them something.

  • Clive Johnson

    All hail the Dark Lord!

    (I’m referring, of course, to Dick Cheney.)

  • SockMikey
    • B Snow

      Thanks!

  • noni

    Exclusive video of the unveiling.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DyuYd5tiWxI

  • penpal

    I wouldn’t dismiss them as pranksters so quickly. Religious beliefs only need to be professed and demonstrated in order to be considered valid. Nothing further is needed in order to establish the proof of their intentions. Their efforts are quite serious, and their impact should be felt by all religious theocrats who want to push their own agenda on the rest of us. All religions are valid, and Satanism is a valid religion. If we are one nation under God, accept the fact that for some people, Satan is God. If you don’t like that fact, get religion out of the fucking public sphere where it doesn’t belong, and get it back into the privacy of your own homes.

    • Friday

      Well, someone posted a link where they explained how their *philosophy* and such fits being a legally-viable religion… That’s not the same as them actually literally believing in that Satan character, which they do not. ( I mean, actually, that’s not who that Baphomet figure is in the first place, Tarot appearances notwithstanding. 🙂 )

      Obviously making a lot of stunts to prove points and expose hypocrisy is what it is, they don’t seem to be making apologies for that either. 🙂

      • GreatLakeSailor

        Buddhists do not believe in a god, yes?
        Buddhism is a religion, yes?

        In TST’s case, from: http://www.vice.com/read/unmasking-lucien-greaves-aka-doug-mesner-leader-of-the-satanic-temple

        [Vice] And what the hell is a religious nonbeliever?
        [Mesner] It is our goal to separate religion from superstition. Religion can and should be a metaphorical narrative construct by which we give meaning and direction to our lives and works. Our religions should not require of us that we submit ourselves to unreason and untenable supernatural beliefs based on literal interpretations of fanciful tales. Non-believers have just as much right to religion—and any exemptions and privileges being part of a religion brings—as anybody else.

        • Friday

          Buddhists don’t *necessarily* believe in any Gods. Or see Them quite the same way as say, the polytheisms if they do. I wasn’t saying they aren’t a religion, just that this ‘Satanic Temple’ doesn’t actually believe in that Satan figure but qualify as a religion as well.

          • Homo Erectus

            Scientologist never mention any god, but they still get a tax exemption. Wutsupwidat?

  • KnownDonorDad

    Where’s your religious freedom now?

  • Chris Larosa

    How sad. So when I went to the “Church Militant” website and posted a non-threatening, non-vulgar comment about how this supposed “Christian” website is essentially accusing all gay people of being demonic….you got it…my comment was quickly removed and I was blocked.

    What is the best way to keep your ilk under your web of lies? Protect them from any dissenting views. Classic cultism.

  • Michael

    As a Christian, I don’t support the statue…BUT…..if anti-gay “Christians” are going to place statues on public property, then that means any religious group can also place statues there. Religious freedom means freedom for all religions.

    • Friday

      Of course now that there’s no need to put that in Oklahoma, they’re just doing their own thing and showing what happens, even if they made it as private as they could make an event. It wasn’t cheap to have made, really. It’s the Christians on offense here.

  • JT

    Can they put one in front of Hucksterbee’s house please?

  • I seem to recall one of those ladies with a direct line to God (Janet Porter? Linda Harvey?) insisting a while ago that if you believe in Jesus then you must believe in Satan.

    And the Mormons hold that Satan was/is (and ever shall be?) Jesus’s brother and therefore also a Son of God. Which makes the whole eschatology thing a story of sibling rivalry.

  • Kissmagrits

    Oh, goody! Maybe this will keep the Christianist rabble off our asses for a few weeks! But, it also means Bob Larson will probably enlarge his exorcism ministry.

    (Actually, I would like to burn a Pentagram on Larson’s private parts with my wood burning set. The mark of the beast!
    Swoon!)

  • EdA
  • I didn’t realize this was Mexico where they paraded statues of devils, angels, and virgins around town while people celebrated and drank.

  • Sporkfighter

    “After weeks of speculation and protests by Christian leaders in Detroit, the unthinkable took place.”

    After an introduction like that, I was expecting to read about some mega-church selling their property and using the proceeds to feed the hungry and help the sick. No, that’s still unthinkable.

  • Homo Erectus

    Hail, Santa!