The Satanic Temple unveiled an 8-foot-tall bronze statue of a goat-headed Devil in Detroit just after 11 p.m. on Saturday, and it was alled the “largest public satanic ceremony in history,” WWJ-TV reported.
“The Unveiling” was a private event at a location disclosed only to those holding tickets, but those with invitations were promised “a night of chaos, noise, and debauchery… Come dance with the Devil and experience history in the making.”
Satanic party-goers paid $25 for a ticket, and $75 to get photographed on Baphomet’s lap. Otherwise, photography was strictly prohibited at the 18-and-older event.
The group went on to say the unveiling 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.”
Some satanic supporters interviewed by a local TV station said they don’t actually worship Satan, while others described themselves as anti-Christian.
Leaders of the Satanic Temple have been saying for weeks they planned to unveil the statue somewhere in Detroit and leave it there temporarily before moving it to Arkansas’ statehouse, where a Ten Commandments monument is also planned.
Nine Detroit preachers have fought with the Satanic Temple, protesting the statue being brought to their city and pleading with the city not to allow it.
“They got kicked out of Boston, Oklahoma didn’t want them, they tried to put (it) up in Florida, that was shut down,” said David Bullock of Greater St. Matthew Baptist Church in Detroit at a recent news conference. “Now they come to Detroit. Why do they come to Detroit?”
The city apparently has a strong Satanic Temple congregation, with more than 200 registered members.
For those who wonder how Christians responded to the ceremony, Minister Todd Sanders, of Strictly Biblical Bible Teaching Ministries in Detroit, says this is a great opportunity for the church.
“The church can benefit from this because we can view this as an opportunity to get at the truth in terms of what the Satanic Temple believes,” Sanders said. “I don’t think it’s anything we should be afraid of at all, we don’t need to cower in fear — we have the truth on our side as Christians.”