A Satanic Temple statue is on display next to a Christmas tree and a menorah in a government building in Illinois.
This is part of an annual holiday decoration that includes different religions.
The Chicago chapter of the Satanic Temple currently has statue to the government building of the US state of Illinois. The sculpture is part of a series of displays marking the holiday season, reports the BBC reports.
The statue shows a snake coiled around a forearm and a hand holding an apple. According to the State Journal-Register, the monument is called “Knowledge is the Greatest Gift.”
The government building annually allows different religious groups to have a display. This year, the statue stands between a Christmas tree and a menorah.
Dave Druker, a spokesman for the Illinois secretary of state, including the Satanic Temple is a way of recognizing freedom of speech rights.
“Under the Constitution, the First Amendment, people have a right to express their feelings, their thoughts,” Druker tells the State Journal-Register.
Check out the statue below.
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Fill your eyes and ears with Satanic holiday cheer! The Snaketivity is here! ????????❄️ Lifecast in the darkest resin, expertly executed by glorious Satanists: @posacosa & @holidaygerry and installed by dedicated members in the Illinois State Capitol building in Springfield, IL. See how religious freedom glistens in person till Saturday, December 29th! #illinoisstatecapitol is open: M-F 7am – 6pm Weekends: 9-4pm with public tour . . Thanks to everyone for their contributions, however #snaketivity is still not fully funded. Continued contributions are welcome to our gofundme: https://www.gofundme.com/snaketivity *UPDATE* Snaketivity is fully funded! Thank you to all who contributed ♥️ . ???? #tstchicago would love to see your pictures with the sculpture! Tag us or use #snaketivity to join in the holiday cheer! ???? . . #darkart #posacosa #holidaygerry #thesatanictemplechicago #thesatanictemple #resin #lifecasting #darkartists #knowledgeisthegreatestgift #satan #chicagoactivist #holidaydisplay #springfield #snakes #apples #chicago #christmas #satanist #chicanoart #sculpture #satanicart #religousfreedom #plurality
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According to a statement co-founder Lucien Greaves released, the decision was amicable.
Greaves took to Twitter share that they are suing over the Baphomet statue, which is a copyrighted monument.
“Yes, we are taking legal action regarding #TheChillingAdventuresofSabrina appropriating our copyrighted monument design to promote their asinine Satanic Panic fiction,” he writes.
The Satanic Temple’s lawyer Bruce Lederman sent an official complaint on Nov 8., accusing Netflix of copyright infringement. The case also cites that the portrayal of the monument is damaging to their reputation. According to the Temple, the goat-head figure promotes “First Amendment values of separation of church and state and equal protection.”
On Wednesday, Nov. 21, the Satanic Temple released a statement announcing it “amicably” settled the lawsuit against Warner Bros. and Netflix. According to the note, the organizations are acknowledging the unique elements of the statue in the show credits. Additional terms of the settlement are unknown due to a confidentiality agreement.
Greaves also shared a note about the response they received about the lawsuit.
“Many people immediately supported our copyright claim and felt they recognized it to have clear merit. Surprisingly, to me, however, there were also a large number of people who flooded us with hate mail and armchair legal analysis,” Greaves writes.