Satanic Temple to Get Display at Michigan Capitol

The Michigan State Capitol Commission, at the behest of members of the state legislature, recently decided to allow a nativity scene to go up on the ground of the capitol building, though it hasn’t happened yet because the law hasn’t been changed to allow permanent displays. But the Satanic Temple is going to put one up that meets the current standards.

Plans for a Christian nativity scene at the Michigan Capitol are on hold, but “The Satanic Temple” is moving forward with its own holiday display that was originally planned in response.

The group, which describes itself as a collective of “Satanists, secularists and advocates for individual liberty,” has received permission to put up a display on the north Capitol lawn from December 21 to 23.

“We would prefer that no religious iconography was displayed on Capitol grounds or on state grounds for that matter,” said Jex Blackmore, founder and head of the Detroit chapter. “But if there was going to be a singular voice represented, we felt it was best to add to that representation of diversity here in Michigan.”

John Truscott, a member of the Michigan State Capitol Commission, confirmed that The Satanic Temple has been granted approval for the temporary outdoor display. It will be limited to 3-feet by 3-feet in size and must be removed each evening because of a pre-existing ban on overnight displays.

“We are restricted by the Constitution and bound by the Constitution to recognize their First Amendment rights,” said Truscott. “We don’t have the ability to reject them if they meet the guidelines of the Capitol.”

Truscott said he thinks it’s “absolutely disgusting” that they would put up the display, but knows he can’t stop it. There’s an easy fix to that, John: No displays at all. Let people put up all the displays they want at their churches or their homes and leave the government out of it.

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  • Modusoperandi

    It is disgusting. Come on, Lansing? You’d figure the Satanists would have higher standards!

  • erichoug

    This is always hilarious. The best thing it does is prove that Satanists have a better sense of both Irony and Humor that the bible thumping trolls that want their religion enshrined in our government.

  • Nemo

    Amazing. I was sure they’d eliminate their limited public forum before it came to this.

  • tbp1

    The Law of Unintended Consequences in action again.

  • John Pieret

    From a related story:

    State Sen. Rick Jones, has been trying to revive the placement of a nativity scene after it was put on hold because of the request of the Satanic Temple:

    “I’m a little outraged that a Satanic group has decided to steal a Christian holiday,” said Jones, R-Grand Ledge. “…As a Christian, I think it’s important that we respond to this.”

    Just who is that “we” Senator? The government of Michigan? Is it Christian? But if you aren’t claiming that, the simple solution is to not have any religious symbols sanctioned by the state and, instead, leave religious symbols to … oh, I don’t know … churches, maybe. Then no one could “steal” their holiday.

  • raven

    It is disgusting.

    Is that all? They aren’t trying hard enough.

    What happened to appalling, evil, sacrilegious, or blasphemous?

    Oh well, I’m sure Michigan will love my Pagan display. A diorama of Thor and the other Aesir battling the Frost Giants to push winter back to Helheim and let spring come in. It is at least consistent with the known facts.

  • raven

    “I’m a little outraged that a Satanic group has decided to steal a Christian holiday,”

    Which the xians stole from the Pagans. And they are stealing it back.

    I don’t mind if xians celebrate the Winter Solstice. The Pagan holidays are for everyone and they can celebrate them any way they want. We have bigger hearts and more secure minds than they do!!!

  • John Pieret

    There is another angle, as well. Apparently, the Capitol Commission thwarted an earlier request for a Satanic display, by someone-out-of-state, by requiring that it be taken down each night. But it seems they didn’t think about that when it came to the nativity scene. Senator Jones was trying to “revive” the nativity scene by promising to get volunteers to do that. But then a local Satanist group agreed to do the same, so the state couldn’t help but let them put up theirs as well.

    They’ll tie themselves in knots a Boy Scout couldn’t untie just to keep peeing on their territory.

  • d.c.wilson

    Nothing warms my blasphemous little heart more than the reaction of wingnuts when they first discover that non-Christians have rights, too.

  • aaronbaker

    Clearly Satanism is evil; but is it as evil as Christianity?

  • marcus

    @10 Whoever (besides Christians of course) said that Satanists are evil? What evil have they committed?

  • mig06

    I have just imagined a group of people claiming their right for a statue of their god Priapus.

  • Anri

    I guess with a name like Jex Blackmore, founding a Satanic Temple is pretty much required.

    *sigh* I have a boring name…

  • dingojack

    This whole Festive display needs more Roman winged Phalii!


  • eric

    @8 – yep it’s a decilious irony. They instituted a new procedural rule expecting it would keep the satanists out. But since the satanists have the resources to follow the procedure and the christians don’t, its now actually keeping the christians out.

    This whole Festive display needs more Roman winged Phalii!

    Does a festivus pole count? (I know, different state. But still, a possible model to follow if your interest is in getting more phallic symbols put up.)

  • dingojack

    Warning NSFW.

    Dunno looks like the ideal ornament for a festive tree. Fascinating isn’t it? (Plus it would cause a veritable fountain of festive fundie head ‘splosions. Win-win.)

  • aaronbaker


    My sarcasm display must not be working correctly.

  • janiceintoronto

    @10 Perhaps you should go to the Satanic Temples website. You will probably be surprised that theirs are secular humanist values, they do not believe in Satan or the supernatural. Do your homework before posting and you might get taken more seriously.

    As for the rest of you DONATE to the Satanic Temple. They’re making some serious headway against the religitards.

  • Sastra

    For every Christian parent who tearfully insists that this Satanic display will ruin, just ruin the sacred family Christmas ritual of going to the State Capitol each year to see and worship at the little nativity scene, there will be 3 or 4 children going “oh man, this year’s going to be awesome!

  • aaronbaker

    Do your homework before posting and you might get taken more seriously.

    Learn to recognize irony and maybe I’ll care whether you take me seriously or not.