Satanic Temple Installs ‘Baby Baphomet’ Display at Illinois State Capitol by Graham Hartmann for Loud Wire
GNN Note – Something is very wrong with our country when a state capital will allow this to be placed on the lawn but ban a Nativity Scene honoring the Light of the World. This is the result of people not paying attention to what is happening with their local government. / END
The Satanic Temple has installed a ‘Baby Baphomet’ holiday display at the Illinois State Capitol. The piece, which was installed as an exercise in freedom of speech and the separation of church and state, currently sits beside a traditional Christmas nativity scene.
2021 marks the third year the Satanic Temple has added their take on holiday spirit to the Illinois State Capitol Building. The non-theistic group, which is officially recognized as a religion by the United States, may be most infamous for public displays of their Statue of Baphomet, which was first unveiled in 2015 and includes two children looking up at the goat deity.
Like the Statue of Baphomet was created in response to a Ten Commandments statue being erected at the Oklahoma State Capitol, the Baby Baphomet is a response to Christian iconography being displayed in a supposedly secular building. If the church can install a religious display on capitol grounds, the Satanic Temple argues, they should be able to as well.
The Springfield Diocese installed a nativity scene in the rotunda of the Illinois State Capitol on Nov. 30, with the Satanic Temple erecting their Baby Baphomet on Dec. 20. The Baby Baphomet is a “message of harmony, reconciliation and unity” and “a display of positive values,” says the Satanic Temple. Bishop Thomas Paprocki, however, claims there is no place for Satanic displays in the Capitol or anywhere else.