The municipality building of Springfield, the capital of Illinois, authorized the Satanic Temple to place a statue of a “baby Baphomet”—the name given to Satan this Dec. 20—to remain on display during the Christmas holidays, in a clear challenge to the Christian faith.
The “artwork” composed by a “horror artist” from Albuquerque, Florida, is a “baphomet baby” as if it were baby Jesus in the same position as he is in the manger, will be placed in the Illinois capital’s rotunda building next to a manger tree and other Catholic figures.
Satanists say they celebrate the “Sol Invictus” on the same date as Christmas and that their “god’s” message is one of “reconciliation and harmony,’ The State Journal-Register reported.
Incumbent Bishop Thomas Paprocki of the Springfield diocese said satanic symbols have no place in the township or anywhere else.
“Mocking the millions of Christians in the state of Illinois and billions around the world by depicting the baby Jesus this Christmas with the ‘satanic deity’ Baphomet is the very definition of evil and causing division. But that is to be expected from an organization that is in existence to troll people of faith,'” said Andrew Hansen, a spokesman for the diocese.
In 2018, Springfield authorities, for the first time, allowed the Satanic temple to display Eve’s hand holding an apple with a snake wrapped around it and the phrase “knowledge is the greatest gift,” making a clear allusion that sinning or defying God’s teachings is “knowledge.”
The Satanic Temple is an organization without any actual doctrine or teaching that has exploited the “grays” of the First Amendment of the United States that allow freedom of speech to its citizens.
For example, the Satanists decided to include abortion in their “religious rituals.” They demanded that their “faithful” be allowed to have abortions as part of their religious practice. They even launched a campaign to attract new members in Texas where the governor banned abortions after six weeks, saying that they could have abortions if they were part of their “religion.”
With the same approach, Satanists have said that at any event where a priest performs a Catholic or Christian blessing ceremony, they should be able to do a demonic “invocation.”
In fact, on July 15, a Satanic temple representative was allowed to perform a demonic invocation at the opening of a city council meeting in Pensacola, Florida.
Although those present objected by praying loudly, fearing that he was “cursing’ them, the council president asked them to respect the satanist because he had his “right” to do so.
Bishop Paprocki said in this regard that Satan worship “is not a religion.”
“True religion binds people to God and to each other in faith. The devil seeks to divide, not to unite, and the only thing that Satan worship binds its adherents to is the evil one,” Paprocki added.