The Satanic Temple in Detroit are going to unveil a Baphomet statue at the famous Eastern Market, but local church leaders are, of course, freaking out about it and demanding that it not be allowed. Their arguments are the usual tripe with a total misunderstanding of free speech.
Detroit church leaders are rallying against a Satanic statue that is slated to come to the city.
The Satanic Temple is expected to unveil the statue at the popular Eastern Market later this month.
Calling it a “satire and a mockery,” Rev. David Bullock, Pastor of Greater St. Matthew Baptist Church, says this is not an issue of freedom of religion.
“This is not even a real religion in my estimation,” Bullock told WWJ’s Vickie Thomas. “They’re bringing a Baphomet statue to the city of Detroit valorizing, elevating Satan.”
It doesn’t have to be a real religion (and it’s not) and it doesn’t have to be about freedom of religion. Freedom of speech exists for everyone, not just the religious. But good on your for noticing that it’s a mockery and a satire, both of which are firmly protected by the First Amendment no matter how much they make you clutch your pearls.
Bullock, who serves as a spokesman for the group Change Agent Consortium, was joined by Bishop Corletta Vaughn, Sr. Pastor of Holy Ghost Cathedral, and other pastors for a news conference Monday.
“I have never thought that Satan and his people would have the audacity to come into our city and raise a shrine to something that we, as the citizens of Detroit, believe is the anti to our Jesus and to our Christ,” Vaughn said. “We will not allow it.”
You don’t have a choice. You don’t get to decide which statues may be put up and which may not. There’s that pesky little Constitution that prevents you from making that decision. You can protest it, you can rail against it, you can pray about it until the cows come home. But you can’t stop it. Sorry/not sorry.