On July 25, 2015 the Satanic Temple will unveil their idol, Baphomet, a “bronze goat-headed idol that weighs one ton and is nearly 9 feet tall”1 in Detroit, Michigan. “A news release bills the event as the largest Satanic ceremony in history.”1 This event will kick off the legal efforts of the Satanic Temple’s desire to place another one on the state grounds of Oklahoma or Arkansas.
Their first attempt to place the idol in Detroit on July 11th didn’t go so well so now they are being secretive as to where they are placing the idol. Only those who bought a ticket will receive the information.
What Does the Satanic Temple Believe?
The Satanic Temple’s about page tells you they don’t believe in God or the Devil as supernatural forces because these are considered gods and they don’t bow down to either one. Instead they believe that embracing Satan’s name they are embracing rational thought and critical thinking. They focus on the scientific understandings of the material world.
For them, “Satan is symbolic of the Eternal Rebel in opposition to arbitrary authority, forever defending personal sovereignty even in the face of insurmountable odds. Satan is an icon for the unbowed will of the relentless inquirer…the heretic who questions sacred laws and rejects all tyrannical impositions. This concept provides us with an exemplar by which we live our lives; he is a symbol of defiance, of independence, of wisdom and self-empowerment.”2
Of course for them this makes them different from all the other satanic groups out there. They’re here to help humanity to become equal, not put a god over them. Yet, they portray all the characteristics of what some people would call the supernatural Satan.
In their article “The Unveiling” you are invited to join them for a “night of chaos, noise, and debauchery”3 at a hedonistic celebration to unveil the Baphomet idol. There will also be “provocative performances and installations.”3 A hedonistic is “a person whose life is devoted to the pursuit of pleasure and self-gratification.”4
They consider this a work of art with an unparalleled artistic triumph. “The event will serve as a call-to-arms from which we’ll kick off our largest fight to date in the name of individual rights to free exercise against self-serving theocrats.”
They end the article with “Come dance with the Devil and experience history in the making.” For a price you too can dance with the Devil if you like, but as for me and my household, we enthusiastically decline.
As a believer in Yah, how do you feel about this? As a Detroiter, how do you feel?
In our next article, find out who is Baphomet and why unveil on a Saturday.