The Satanic Temple’s “snaketivity” monument positioned on the lawn of the Michigan Capitol will be replaced by a goat head with a haloed goat. The event will observe yet another fight between the nativity structure installed by Senator Rick Jones and Satanist displays. The haloed goat statue will be developed by the West Michigan Friends of the Satanic Temple. The group is based in Grand Rapids and has collaborated to speak for Satanism during the 2018 holiday season.
The slated date of the installation of the haloed goat head is 21st December, a day after the state legislature is supposed to end its tormenting lame duck time-frame. The primary aim of the Star of Reconciliation is to honor the rights of Satanists and declare their faith publicly.
Satanists allege that their faith values science, common sense, empathy, and freedom of individual. Renard Seir, who is the spokesperson for West Michigan Friends of the Satanic Temple, mentioned that it is an achievement and recognition that the state accepted the Satanists as equals. In other words, it means that the state has taken an awareness of Satanists’ First Amendment rights. He added that the time being a happy one for the Satanists as they could finally view their symbols in the public sphere.
Senator Rick Jones, the Republican from Grand Ledge, and the one who initiated it, has made a promise to his constituents that he will be creating the nativity scene on Capitol grounds till he is a member of the Senate. Even though his term-limit is coming to an end, and he would be leaving his office at the end of the year.
Jones dreams that a Christian group might take up the endeavor to do the nativity scene in 2019 and after that. Jones stated that he has stick to what he pledged, and many of them are happy with the fact.