Satanic Temple still plans to unveil devil statue in Detroit, despite protests

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The Satanic Temple plans to unveil a large statue dedicated to the devil in the city of Detroit later this month, despite intensified protests by church leaders and residents that have caused the original venue to back out of the event.

Originally slated to be unveiled on July 25 at Bert’s Warehouse in Detroit before the venue canceled its involvement, the 9-foot bronze statue of Baphomet, a goatlike idol with a man’s body, horns and wings originally associated with the Knights Templar. The statue reportedly weighs one ton and is made of bronze.

On its website, the Satanic Temple said the state “is intended to complement and contrast the Ten Commandments monument that already resides on Oklahoma State Capitol grounds.”

“The statue will serve as a beacon calling for compassion and empathy among all living creatures. The statue will also have a functional purpose as a chair where people of all ages may sit on the lap of Satan for inspiration and contemplation,” temple spokesman Lucien Greaves said in a statement earlier this year.

Although the statue was originally meant to stand alongside the 10 Commandments monument in Oklahoma, the state Supreme Court there recently ruled that the monument must be removed because government property cannot be used to show support for any religion. Now without a home for the statue, the Satanic Temple is considering applying for space near a 10 Commandments monument at the Arkansas State Capitol, according to Fox News.

“The message behind Baphomet is a reconciliation of the opposites, not this call to arms of one against one, but a merging of the two,” Director of the Detroit Satanic Temple chapter and national spokeswoman Jex Blackmore told Fox. “That’s part of the reason that it can only exist standing next to the Ten Commandments. That’s part of the message. We wouldn’t want to proselytize as a single voice in the public square.”

Until then, it’s planning a special unveiling in Detroit, home to the organization’s first chapter.

However, backlash from the community is making the event tougher to pull off than the group anticipated. Feeling the heat, Bert’s Warehouse pulled out of the event, leaving the Satanic Temple searching for another venue. The group told local WXYZ it was disappointed in the decision but that it still plans to continue with its unveiling on the same date at an unnamed location.



Local church leaders have banded together to oppose the statue and declared their intent to organize a protest on the same day the state is revealed.

“The last thing we need—in a city where we’re fighting against violence and fighting against economic problems and unemployment and the water crisis—is a statue dedicated to Satan right downtown,”Pastor David Bullock of the St. Matthew Baptist Church told Christian Today.

“They’re bringing a Baphomet statue to the city of Detroit valorising, elevating Satan. This is not even a real religion in my estimation,” he added.


Meanwhile, the Temple has marked the occasion as a special one, saying it will “serve as a call-to-arms” for the group to begin a fight “in the name of individual rights to free exercise against self-serving theocrats.”

A recent story by Vice News highlighted one aspect of this battle, describing the group’s effort to challenge laws restricting abortion on the grounds that such regulations actually violate a Temple member’s First Amendment right to freedom of religion. According to Vice, the Temple believes an individual’s body is “inviolable” and therefore only he or she can decide what to do with it. Because the group also believes a fetus is not a person, but rather “tissue that belongs to a woman,” it’s up to the woman and not the state to determine whether or not to keep it.




One Response to “Satanic Temple still plans to unveil devil statue in Detroit, despite protests”

  1. Mark says:

    ‘No platform’ the anarchist principle widely accepted amongst the ‘active’ (- which of course is the orthodox definition you are an ‘a’) had me question and ask for debate, when first discovering the tactic. I never went to a ‘fascist’ meeting to disrupt but recognised the arguments. At the time the church – we were and did – was much about inclusion, discussion and openness. Firm centre, soft outside. The environmental and localising political pushes in those heady early/mid 90s was a brief bursting convergence of the left, anarcho, pagan, permaculture and yes, some same looking and culture like Christians (on the alternative edges of evangelical church). ‘No platform’ was obviously selectively used for anarchist’s primo enemy camp but of course anarchists knew how to be cuddly companions with those they utterly disagreed.

    Around the same time, I heard of a handful of assertive pray-ers, those into, the ever/over-used term; ‘spiritual warfare’, who took OT references and what they considered a word from God, and went out at night to do damage to statues representing deities and the like that stood boldly in public spaces. This again, was during a brief period of battling, prayer walking, a taking the unseen for God time. The next move went all-inward and manifesting emotional, physical, experiences, where it’s pretty much remained in the conferences and the so-called prophet’s to this day.

    First, only the awake have the bright line on this… and just about anything social. I don’t expect evangelical’s (as any research will show) to be in step with the Light ‘on’ the world, sorry, but few exceptions aside, that’s just the way it is (and I count myself from and within this tradition). This is easily verified by trying to find a single, significant to Charismatic’s or even non-ones, church etc website, with Tap like awareness and concerns. They’re asleep, at least publicly, (there are many knowing leaders but they wouldn’t want to upset the flock). Two, to ‘protect us’ from what the Christian’s here deem is ‘not even a real religion in (their) estimation’. Well that’s ‘their’ perspective and requires special pleading, that underestimates the context, (loadsa question/lotsa revelation needed… but it’s not appropriate to take too much more Tap space. On my way, God willing, for m’own pages for this). Three, opportunity knocks… whilst I share concerns it’s more demonic defiance and more blatant (?), we hardly need a ‘word of wisdom’ to see the line from God is the unseen not the seen is where the battle is, (although I grant you there are questions about the physical representations, symbols, medium is the message etc and geographical hot-spots). All I’m preaching here is: Prayer is the battleground and the war of the world, even those OT (Old Testament) examples show that. If this causes more of that, hallelujah.

    Better leave it here but, yes, the statue should be opposed but is a brilliant opportunity to be turned around, with and for, Christ. This though requires theology, practice and a message that convicts and maybe, just maybe, as the darkness darker will get us up and out, praying and being that brighter light.


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