Wednesday, May 25, 2022

SURREAL: Satanists worship ‘Devil’ Baby inside U.S. state Capitol

The Illinois state Capitol rotunda will have a satanic display alongside other religious art for a third year. The Satanic Temple is returning with an art installation to celebrate the “satanic holiday” of Sol Invictus. 

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The group conducts advocacy for reproductive rights and the separation of church and state as a tax-exempt religious organization. 

This year’s display will feature the “satanic deity” Baphomet, depicted as a swaddling babe. It was designed by Albuquerque-based horror artist Chris P. Andres. 

The exhibition will be installed at 1 p.m. Monday in the Capitol rotunda, overseen by The Satanic Temple’s Illinois congregation.

“This year’s tradition marks a greater urgency in the Baphomet’s message of harmony and reconciliation,” noted The Satanic Temple’s Director of Campaign Operations Erin Helian in a press release. 

Despite the diocese’s public criticism of the group, it said the bishop is welcome to attend the installation. 

“We have invited Bishop Paprocki to hold hands with members of The Satanic Temple while we come together and stand before all of the religious displays at the rotunda,” said Helian. 

Paprocki will not be going. 

“Bishop Paprocki declines the invitation to associate with evil and urges all people of true religious faith to shun the devil,” Hansen said. 

“That’s not very unity of him,” said Lucien Greaves, co-founder of The Satanic Temple, when told about Paprocki declining the invitation. 

“Our real message is to reestablish pluralism,” said Greaves. “It doesn’t mean that people with opposing viewpoints have to be in conflict.”