In what is being called the “largest public satanic ceremony in history”, a 8 1/2 foot tall satanic monument has been displayed in Detroit, Michigan.
The statue of Baphomet was unveiled at a ticketed special event before midnight on July 25th. The crowd cheered at the unveiling chanting “hail satan.” The statue features two children, one boy and one girl, looking up adoringly at the satanic creature.
About 100 protesters showed up to challenge the placement of the statue saying it was disrespectful to religions.
“Baphomet contains binary elements symbolizing a reconciliation of opposites, emblematic of the willingness to embrace, and even celebrate differences,” Jex Blackmore, who organized the unveiling, told TIME. Blackmore admits his name is a pseudonym for “safety reasons.”
The statue was originally part of the Satanic Temple’s plan to place a satanic statue on the grounds of the Oklahoma State House grounds where a Ten Commandments monument was placed. The group now plans to take the statue to Arkansas after the governor approved a Ten Commandments monument for that state’s Capitol grounds.