Satanic statue part of holiday decorations at Illinois Capitol

The Satanic Temple of Chicago has installed a stately and elegant statue at the Illinois Capitol between the Christmas tree and Hanukkah menorah. Predictably, some people are pissed. Approximately 4.5 feet tall, the statue features a snake around an arm with the hand clutching an apple. The pedestal is emblazoned with the statement "Knowledge is the greatest gift." From CNN:

"We feel it's a First Amendment issue, we have other displays there -- a Hanukkah menorah and Nativity scene," (Secretary of State's office spokesperson Dave) Drucker said. "If you have displays of one type you need to be consistent and allow everyone to do so, aside from hate speeches and other unacceptable things."

The Satanic Temple says that its members are atheists who are often interested in community activism, according to the group's website.

"We do not promote a belief in a personal Satan," the website says. "To embrace the name Satan is to embrace rational inquiry removed from supernaturalism and archaic tradition-based superstitions." The group says it embraces the "struggle for justice" and believes people should "strive to act with compassion and empathy toward all creatures," according to its website.

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Christmas is under attack: vandals steal Satanic Temple's tree-topper from San Jose's Christmas in the Park event

Christmas is under attack! The Satanic Temple was one of the many faith organizations who applied to put a tree at the record-breaking Christmas in the Park event in San Jose, an event that in no way abridged the separation of Church and State because it allowed any religion to participate. Read the rest

Hilariously twisted and kind of Satanic retro t-shirt designs

Our friends at Dangerous Minds write about on Steven Rhodes, a graphic designer from Brisbane, Australia. He is “the excellent individual responsible for the hysterical retro-style t-shirts in this post.”

Loosely based on the popular series of exploitive riffs on Little Golden Activity Books that have made the rounds on the Internet, Rhodes has taken things one step beyond with his shirt designs by making up alternate scenarios involving young tykes experiencing their first knife fight or ritualistic cult sacrifice. Excellent.

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Outback Steakhouse is a chain of Satan

Is Outback Steakhouse the devil's restaurant? Several twitter users mapped the location of Outbacks around some major cities to the shape of a pentacle or pentagram. Are the restaurant's flame broiled steaks delivered rom Satan's kitchen? Or is it just the fact that Outbacks are generally located in the suburbs around metropolitan areas? Outback's response below. (WCPO)

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Some of our favorite monsters from “Compendium Of Demonology and Magic” (ca. 1775)

A most bizarre book from the late 18th century.

Law Enforcement Guide to Satanic Cults: recognizing satanists and bad mullets in the park

The fine folks at Night Flight implore you to "review this 1994 VHS tape hosted by be-sweatered cop/pastor Gordon Coulter, and Eric Pryor, a mulleted former Satanist, current Christian, who provide helpful information about satanism, including how to recognize evidence that may be found at crime scenes by satanists."

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UK psyops created N. Irish Satanic Panic during the Troubles

During the 1970s, when Northern Ireland was gripped by near-civil-war, British military intelligence staged the evidence of "black masses" in order to create a Satanism panic among the "superstitious" Irish to discredit the paramilitaries. Read the rest

Design revealed for Oklahoma Capitol's Satan statue

As Cory previously posted, a NYC group called the Satanic Temple hopes to install a 7-foot statue of Baphomet at the Oklahoma State Capitol building. They've just revealed their design, seen above. I think it's a very tasteful monument! Read the rest

Satanists to adopt highway

Brooklyn's Satanic Temple plans to clean up New York's highways to promote its message of civic pride and social responsibility. [Indiegogo] Read the rest