The Temple's Baphomet statue, as unveiled in Detroit in 2015
In 2015, The Satanic Temple unveiled a 9-foot (2.7 m) tall bronze sculpture depicting Baphomet, in Detroit, Michigan. The group attempted to have the statue installed alongside the Ten Commandments Monument in Oklahoma. The one-ton sculpture shows Baphomet, with a human body and a goat's head, with a boy and a girl.
In 2014, The Satanic Temple began a crowdsourcing campaign on Indiegogo for a Satanic monument depicting Baphomet with two children, with the intention to display this monument at the Oklahoma State Capitol. The group's fundraising page stated that the statue was to be erected in response to a then-present Ten Commandments Monument installed by Oklahoma State Representative Mike Ritze in 2012. The following year, on 25th July 2015, the satanic monument was unveiled at the Detroit chapter of The Satanic Temple amidst protests by religious organizations. Vice reported that the 700 attendees at the unveiling ceremony had to sell their souls to Satan in order to receive a ticket, a tactic that the Temple stated was done in order to "keep away some of the more radical superstitious people who would try to undermine the event."
Time noted that "the group does not 'promote a belief in a personal Satan.' By their logic, Satan is an abstraction, ... 'a literary figure, not a deity — he stands for rationality, for skepticism, for speaking truth to power, even at great personal cost.' Time also commented on the statue's unveiling, writing "Call it Libertarian Gothic, maybe — some darker permutation of Ayn Rand's crusade for free will. One witnesses in The Satanic Temple militia a certain knee-jerk reaction to encroachments upon personal liberties, especially when those encroachments come with a crucifix in hand. The Baphomet statue is the Satanic Temple’s defiant retort du jour."
Arkansas State Capitol exhibition
On August 16, 2018, the statue was displayed on a flatbed truck parked in front of the Arkansas State Capitol building for several hours. Satanic Temple members claimed the event was in protest of a Ten Commandments monument already on the grounds.
References in popular culture
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