Satanists threatened over Xmas display
The Detroit chapter of the Satanic Temple yesterday set up “Snaketivity Scene” outside the Capitol in Lansing – prompting threats of hell.
The group, according to this report, does not worship Satan, but promotes individuality, compassion and views outside Christian and many conservative beliefs.
Said Jex Blackmore, above, the Satanic Temple’s spokesperson:
I think that this holiday season is a time of year that is celebrated in many different ways. Having our government endorse one singular viewpoint or method of celebrating the season is problematic when we have a diverse community of people in Michigan.
Blackmore, wearing an upside-down Christian cross necklace added:
We wanted to add to that conversation by having our representation of how we may celebrate this time of year.
Blackmore said the display also signifies opposition to Republican-led legislature which won’t amend the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to include workplace protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Michiganders.
In Michigan, you can be fired or denied housing for being gay.
She said she welcomed dialogue, but that she was concerned about threats her group received over social media and personal email. She said threats included burning in hell and being crucified.
Blackmore said the group will be monitoring comments on its Facebook page in hopes of debating viewpoints with others.
The 3-feet-by-3-feet display features a snake – wrapped around the satanic cross – offering a book called Revolt of the Angels as a symbolic gift.
Within an hour of the snake’s appearance, state Senator Rick Jones set up a Christian nativity scene on the opposite side of the front Capitol lawn.
He said the Satanist group mounted their display to be “offensive”.
They could have put theirs up in July or April or sometime. They didn’t need to put it up in the Christmas season. That’s OK. We’re going to ignore them. I’m not afraid of the snake people. I’m sure that Jesus Christ is not afraid.
Randy Andrews stopped by the Satanist display on his way to play drums for Cedarway Free Methodist Church. Andrews said the Satanist group is sending the wrong message, regardless if it actually worships Satan.
It’s just sad. People underestimate the power of Satan. There’s unseen forces of evil that can start destroying foundation of things that hold up our government.