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Satanists threatened over Xmas display

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.

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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.

15 responses to “Satanists threatened over Xmas display”

  1. Broga says:

    The Satanic Temple espouse values that put the demented, foaming at the mouth, hell threatening opinions of Christians to shame. But then, any contrary opinion is never allowed by the Christian fundies where they can prevent it.

    While followers of the supposedly loving God and compassionate Jesus (one and the same with the Holy Ghost thrown in as a bonus) religion they still so readily threaten the most blood curling tortures. The one behaviour they must suppress is a practice of thinking critically.

    The BBC is now kicking into overdrive for Christmas. Licence fee payers only allowed to listen and view. No questioning of the oceans of superstition permitted.

  2. David Anderson says:

    Sen. Rick Jones and little drummer boy Randy should read what it says on that display.

  3. Lon says:

    Personally, i find the misanthropic, bigoted, racist christian displays to be highly offensive. Of course i would defend their right to be offensive because they really can’t help themselves. It is only by the power of rational , tolerant humanism that they can be delivered from the toxic delusion of religion.

  4. L.Long says:

    I always find it interesting how the xtians go all gaga over satan. Why???
    Show me anywhere in their holey book o’BS where satan does any evil to anyone WITHOUT GAWD’s Say-so????
    Gawd is the ahole that kills and tortures, and by reflection himself as jesus is just as guilty. ANd how many have been killed in jesus’s name.
    So actually it is the nativity that is the symbol of evil.

  5. AgentCormac says:

    @L.Long

    The xtian boogeyman called satan is of course no more real than their own god. These idiots are, as ever, getting all foaming in the mouth department over a figment of their collective imagination. Sad really.

  6. AgentCormac says:

    Completely OT, but interesting (in other words laughable) to see Frankie trying to give his own church hierarchy a right good bollocking.

    The ‘curia’, the administrative ‘pinnacle’ of the RCC, was accused by god’s own boss man as having ‘spiritual Alzheimer’s’ and suffering from ‘the terrorism of gossip’. As if that wasn’t enough, Frankie laid into ‘those who look obsessively at their own image’ and compared their performance to that of ‘an orchestra playing out of tune because they fail to collaborate and have no team spirit.’ Take that, deity groupies!!!

    Or maybe not. Apparently there was ‘silence at the end of the pope’s speech’.
    Good luck, Frankie. As god’s main man you’d think your own, closest people would be happy to do whatever you say. Ergo, whatever ‘He’ says. No? Surely your church is all about love and hope and charity and nothing to do with politics, power and privilege? No? Quite frankly I’m shocked!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-30577368

  7. 1859 says:

    Apologies for being OT but has anyone noticed all the incidents of muslims driving into crowds of christmas shoppers screaming ‘allah akbar!’ Another one happened this morning – I think in Holland? Almost as though they’ve been primed to do this over xmas. Boy they sure know how to get positive publicity for their stupid brand of superstition!

  8. Broga says:

    @AgentCormac: Well done, Frankie. He certainly laid into the narcissistic, power hungry, self serving hierarchy. How does all this reflect on his predecessor the hard line Benny now living in ill deserved retirement?

    There was a chilling moment at the end of Frankie’s tongue lashing: silence. I think Frankie will need to watch his back – literally and figuratively. These conniving and power hungry gangsters, hiding under their religious cloak, have a ruthlessness that makes the Mafia seem mild. Frankie, I think, has only one lung and is now 78. God might decide he needs another angel.

  9. Laura Roberts says:

    Face-palm moment: “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.”

    No, dimwit. What’s sad is when someone over the age of 6 treats Satan, Jesus, Santa, Rudolph or the Easter Bunny as anything other than fantasy.

    Sigh…

  10. Broga says:

    @Laura: Agree the others but have to reserve my position on Santa. My grandchildren, aged 2 and 3, and with us for Xmas, are convinced that he will be arriving on Christmas Eve.

    If he makes an appearance I would accept that quite as real as Jesus appearance from the tomb after he had been crucified.

  11. Paul Cook says:

    Why can’t the satanists put up a display at this time of the year?
    Who says they can’t?
    No one truly has the right to hijack any ‘time’.
    Except the Christians who, if knowledge is power, hijacked pagan dates of festivals right from christinaity’s beginning.

  12. Newspaniard says:

    “Santa not real!” WHAT DO YOU MEAN!! You…You… ATHEIST!… You!

  13. Brian Jordan says:

    Shock! Horror! Pagans hijacking sol invictus! Whatever next?

  14. Paul Cook says:

    I wonder if any xtians asked the snake for a comment?

  15. barriejohn says:

    People underestimate the power of Satan. There’s unseen forces of evil that can start destroying foundation of things that hold up our government.

    It’s frightening that these people have a vote.

    The display has been vandalized by a “Catholic Warrior”:

    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2014/12/23/floridas-satanic-temple-display-was-vandalized-by-a-self-described-catholic-warrior/

    “It’s just wrong, when you remove baby Jesus two days before Christmas and put Satan in his place — that just can’t happen. I couldn’t allow it to happen. I was there at the right time and the right moment, and I needed to take a stand against Satan.”

    Gawd!