'Satanic' Holiday Display Returns To Illinois Capitol Rotunda

Dave Dahl
December 02, 2019 - 6:43 pm
Satanic Holiday Sculpture

The Satanic Temple of Chicago's holiday display at the state capital. (Dave Dahl/WBBM Newsradio)

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SPRINGFIELD (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Like it or not, displays promoting -- and opposing -- various religions are welcome in the Illinois Capitol Rotunda.

For the second year in a row, the Satanic Temple of Chicago has made its presence known with a sculpture of a raised hand gripping a black apple.

The base of the sculpture reads, “Knowledge Is the Greatest Gift.” 

The organization describes itself as “nontheist.”

You can also expect a menorah and Nativity scene, as well as a sign from the Freedom from Religion Foundation. A sign from the secretary of state’s office explains how the different viewpoints are welcome.

“Otherwise, you run the risk of not allowing any of the displays in the Rotunda whatsoever,” said secretary of state spokesman Henry Haupt.

“We’ve worked with these groups for a number of years, and they appreciate the fact that they are allowed to express their freedom of speech and place their display here, and we hope that would continue.”

At least one year, there was a Festivus pole.