Satanists Get Holiday Display In Illinois State Capitol Building

Steve Miller
December 04, 2018 - 3:43 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The Satanic Temple of Chicago has a holiday display in the Illinois State Capitol.

The co-leader of the Satanic Temple Chicago Chapter, Lex Manticore, said Tuesday the temple has wanted a display in the capitol since the temple organized a couple of years ago.

"The Satanic Temple does not believe in a literal, physical embodiment of Satan or any deities or anything supernatural at all. We look at Satan as the metaphor of rebelling against religious tyranny,” Manticore said.

And Secretary of State Spokesman David Druker said the temple's display -- featuring a sculpture of a woman's arm holding an apple -- has been up since Dec. 1.

"The basis for this is the Constitution and the First Amendment: to allow people to express their thoughts and feelings,” he said.

"We do have a Nativity scene there and we have a menorah there as well."

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Also featured in the capitol rotunda: a display by an anti-religion group called Freedom from Religion.

Druker said there have been no complaints about the Satanic Temple's display.

Manticore says the Chicago chapter of the Satanic Temple has about 150 members.