On Public land in Minnesota, a statue to Satan will be erected by a local Satanic Temple. The Temple’s co-founder, Lucien Greaves, is using the Freedom of Religion law to have the statue erected. Catholics in the area are protesting through prayer and fasting in response.
As to why anyone would actively choose to worship Satan is a bit of a mystery. Based upon the biblical description, Satan is the Father of Lies…So are the “Satanists” all about lies and evil deeds? Or is it more likely that this is not actually a “Satanic Temple” but more a group concerned with Liberal Ideology and intending to purposely upset Christians for no other reason than that they happen to dislike people of faith?
The Satanic Temple founders have even said that they do not believe in Supernatural beings, and they founded the Temple as a form of political activism in response to former President Bush’s Religious Freedoms law.
As reported in the Daily Caller:
Catholics in Minnesota will gather to ask for God’s protection and to pray against the nation’s first Satanic monument approved for display on public land.
The co-founder of The Satanic Temple, Lucien Greaves, said in an interview with The New York Times, eroding man’s horror to Satan is one of the goals of installing the monument. “We wouldn’t be doing this if it didn’t mean something to us,” Greaves said. “The more we do these types of things, the less shocking this will be as time goes by.”
The Satanic Temple’s efforts to gain approval for a Satanic monument in the park started, ironically, with a Christian monument’s installation. The Freedom From Religion Foundation filed a complaint about the monument, which featured a soldier kneeling before a cross. The city of Belle Plaine ordered the removal of the monument in January, but reversed the order when citizens rallied to protest, according to the Star Tribune. The city then designated the park as a limited public forum, or “free speech zone,” in which any faith could be displayed. Satanists saw their chance and pounced on it.