Prayer Need: Satan’s Minions Invade the City of Detroit

Prayer Need: Satan’s Minions Invade the City of Detroit July 24, 2015

Tomorrow’s the day: On Saturday, July 25, a statue of the demon Baphomet will be unveiled in the city of Detroit.

The Satanic Temple's Baphomet statue  (Image from Facebook / The Satanic Temple)
The Satanic Temple’s Baphomet statue
(Image from Facebook / The Satanic Temple)

I described the one-ton idol, which was originally intended for display at the Oklahoma State House, last week in the National Catholic Register:

The statue is a nine-foot-tall, 2,000-pound bronze likeness of Baphomet, a horned demon who has been associated with the medieval Knights Templar. The demon, depicted in this sculpture as a goat’s head atop a man’s body with horns and wings, is seated with two small children at its side, and is large enough to accommodate adults or children who would like to sit on its lap for photos.

The Satanic Temple of Detroit, which is unveiling the statue at a still-undisclosed location, posted an invitation to the dark event on its website:

“The Satanic Temple invites you to join us for a night of chaos, noise, and debauchery at The Unveiling, a hedonistic celebration introducing the controversial Baphomet monument accompanied by provocative performances and installations.

“Never before seen in public, The Satanic Temple Baphomet monument is already the most controversial and politically charged contemporary work of art in the world. Weighing one ton and towering at nearly nine feet tall, the bronze statue is not only an unparalleled artistic triumph, but stands as a testament to plurality and the power of collective action. 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. Come dance with the Devil and experience history in the making.”

I guess I’m one of those “self-serving theocrats” which the Satanic Temple derides. And since I’m based in southeastern Michigan, I had actually petitioned the Satanic Temple for a media pass to the great Unveiling. The mere thought of placing myself in the proximity of such an evil event had caused my skin to crawl; so I was relieved when local president Jex Blackmore denied my request. I’ll have to learn about it after the fact, and from a safe distance.

Detroit has perhaps opened the doors to the Evil One before this:


The night before Halloween, October 30, has long been celebrated as “Devils Night” in Detroit. Back in the 1930s, the night brought mild vandalism: youths tossing eggs, leaving flaming bags of animal dung on people’s porches, toilet papering trees. In the early 1970s, however, a new trend of vandalism and arson emerged. At its peak in 1984, there were more than 800 arson fires set in the city on Devils Night. The destruction has been reduced (but not eliminated) in recent years, as the city’s residents rally to protect their homes. The counter-event has been called “Angels Night” and more than 40,000 city residents volunteer to patrol the streets, greatly reducing vandalism.


The "Nain Rouge" or "Detroit Dwarf" By Fujiwara06 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
The “Nain Rouge” or “Detroit Dwarf” By Fujiwara06 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
The “Nain Rouge” (or “Red Dwarf”) is a mythical figure which, according to legend, haunts Detroit and is cause for all of the problems that plague the city. The Nain Rouge is believed to have originated in Normandy, and it was originally believed to be a helpful spirit. More recently, however, a visit from the Nain Rouge has preceded disastrous events in the city.

Wikipedia tells some of the nymph’s story:

The creature is said to have attacked the first white settler of Detroit in 1701, Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac who, soon after, lost his fortune. The creature is also said to have appeared on July 30, 1763 before the Battle of Bloody Run, where 58 British soldiers were killed by Native Americans from Chief Pontiac’s tribe. The small tributary of the Detroit River which still flows through what is now Elmwood Cemetery turned red with blood for days after the battle. It is said he was seen dancing on the banks of the Detroit River.

Multiple famous sightings occurred in the days before the 1805 fire, which destroyed most of Detroit. General William Hull reported a “dwarf attack” in the fog just before his surrender of Detroit in the War of 1812.

Jane Dacy of East Elizabeth Street was at home performing errands one evening in October of 1872 when she entered a dark room and saw what the Detroit Free Press called a ghost. However, the description of “blood-red eyes, long teeth and rattling hoofs” seems more akin to the famed Nain Rouge than a mere specter. The fright of seeing the creature caused Dacy to faint and become bed-ridden.

Another woman claimed to have been attacked in 1884, and described the creature as resembling, “a baboon with a horned head … brilliant restless eyes and a devilish leer on its face.” Another attack was reported in 1964.

Other sightings include the day before the 12th Street Riot in 1967 and before a huge snow/ice storm of March 1976, when two utility workers are said to have seen what they thought was a child climbing a utility pole which then jumped from the top of the pole and ran away as they approached.

In 2010, a community-based movement called the Marche du Nain Rouge began in the Midtown/Cass Corridor neighborhood, near Wayne State University. On the Spring Equinox, costumed revelers parade through the neighborhood, chasing the imp. At the end of the parade, an effigy of the Nain Rouge is ceremonially destroyed–banishing the evil spirit from the city for another year. Parade participants and spectators are encouraged to wear costumes, so that when the Nain Rouge returns, he will not recognize them and thus will not be able to seek personal vengeance.

Hundreds of participants turn out for the Marche du Nain Rouge, what is for most a tongue-in-cheek celebration of Detroit’s folkloric ancient guardian. By 2014 the event had garnered official support, with Alexis Wiley, a representative of Detroit’s Mayor Mike Duggan, speaking to the crowd.


Detroit has the dubious honor of being home to the first local chapter of the Satanic Temple. With more than 200 participants throughout the state and 20 active members in Detroit, the Satanic Temple has taken a stand against the free expression of religion in Michigan. The group supports abortion rights, same-sex marriage, and religious plurality. They have opposed Michigan’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, constructed a Satanic display on the Capitol lawn in Lansing, inserting their own pagan symbols into the traditionally Christian holy day celebrating the birth of Christ.

But the unveiling of a great idol such as Baphomet surpasses these earlier initiatives, and people of faith recognize that this event truly invokes Satan himself and invites him to our city.


Image: Public Domain
Image: Public Domain

Detroit’s Mother of Divine Mercy Catholic parish will hold a Mass and Eucharistic Holy Hour on that same day in reparation and prayer for the city of Detroit. The special Mass and Eucharistic Holy Hour will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church near Detroit’s Eastern Market, one of three clustered churches which together comprise Mother of Divine Mercy. 

Mass will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 25, and will be followed by a Holy Hour with opportunities for Confession. Catholics who would like to join in prayer are invited. More information about the Mass of Reparation and about the history of Baphomet are available at the National Catholic Register. Information about St. Joseph Church and about the Mass is available at the Register and at the parish website,


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  • Giauz Ragnarock

    Fear-mongering at its best.

  • cajaquarius

    One of three potential events will likely occur: the statue will continue to stand (the least preferable option for them, believe it or not), the state’s supreme court eventually declares the display of all religious iconography forbidden as Oklahoma eventually did (this is the actual goal, I suspect), or it will be destroyed/vandalized. If it is destroyed, this will give the youth who follow such issues all the reason they need to do the same to any Christian iconography too and they will be justified in this because “the Christians started it” as it were.

  • kmk1916

    Wow, Kathy, you really get socked in the com-boxes! I will pray for you and Detroit this evening.

  • Korou

    So you think that a religion should not be allowed to have freedom of worship?
    Religious persecution is alive and well in the USA. And it’s Christians doing the persecuting.

    • Justin Jurek

      Error has no rights.

      • Korou

        So all religions except Catholicism should be illegal?

        The Founding Father knew what they were doing when they made the First Amendment to stop people like you.

      • Korou

        Apart from anything else, what on earth does “error has no rights” even mean? The sentence doesn’t make sense.

        • captcrisis

          It was the phrase used by Pius IX to oppose freedom of religion.

          • Korou

            Oh. Thank you. No doubt the Inquisition also kept a similar principle in mind.

  • Robin Warchol

    thanks Kathy again.

  • Lorna MI

    A brilliant priest (the kind who could read ancient texts and spoke 5 languages) told me years ago that you just don’t entertain Satan in any way. He was also very knowledgeable about the real exorcism on which the famous movie is based. So I follow his advice to this day…stay away from the devil, he is real as God.

  • My prayers for your city. What a ghastly thing.

  • Justin Jurek

    Rip it down. No tolerance for evil.

    • Korou

      Well, I can see you’ve carefully and objectively considered the issue.

  • Justin Jurek

    One of the great evils of this nation is that we allow unrestricted freedom of religion, when the Church has condemned this.

    • Korou

      One of the great goods of the USA is that it cares a great deal more about the rights of its citizens than what the Church condemns.
      Ironically, it is the separation of Church and State which has done a great deal to protect Catholics from persecution. Of course, that means you’re not allowed to persecute others either.

      • Justin Jurek

        Protect us from persecution? HA! I’m sure in your mind, the bloodthirsty violence of the KKK and the Know-Nothings never happened, right?

        • Korou

          Have you any idea how much worse it would have been if not for the Wall between Church and State?

          • Justin Jurek

            Oh bologna. Catholics were never accepted and are STILL not accepted in America. Well, they are if they pay idolatrous homage to the flag like the rest of America, but not if they don’t.

          • Korou

            (Shrug) Learn your history. Yes, Catholics have suffered persecution in America, law being neither perfect nor perfectly applied. But if you compare that to religious persecution prior to and outside of the USA (both those that Catholics suffered from and those that they inflicted) you will see that secularisation has been one of the best things that ever happened for Catholics.

  • Lookingup73

    Interesting article. One correction.

    You said: “With more than 200 participants throughout the state and 20 active members in Detroit, the Satanic Temple has taken a stand against the free expression of religion in Michigan.”

    Correction: Quite the opposite, the Temple has taken a stand FOR the free expression of religion everywhere where it is opposed (usually by conservative Christians).