Baphomet Statue Unveiled in Detroit to Shouts of ‘Hail Satan,’ Satanist Men Kissing

SatanDETROIT — At least 100 people attended the unveiling of a Satanic statue depicting Baphomet being flanked by children on Saturday—a statue that was originally intended to be placed at the Oklahoma state capitol and now may be the subject of an effort to erect it next to a Ten Commandments monument in Arkansas.

As previously reported, the New York-based Satanic Temple had scheduled the unveiling for July 25th in Detroit, Michigan. The group says that it chose Detroit because it has a “good community” of followers, with over 200 members, billing the event as “a night of chaos, noise, and debauchery.”

“Come dance with the Devil and experience history in the making,” its invitation read.

But a group of pastors decided to rally against the event, and also contacted the owner of the event venue, Bert’s Warehouse, to request that the Baphomet unveiling be canceled. Owner Bert Dearing told the Associated Press that when he realized who had booked the event and what his facility would be used for, he gave the Satanic Temple their money back.

Additionally, due to opposition, the Satanic Temple moved the event to secret venue in the city and ticketed attendance to keep opponents out. On Saturday, some attendees wore black or donned devil’s horns as they stood outside waiting to enter a warehouse in downtown Detroit.

However, according to reports, once attendees entered the building, they were sent to a second location—just to throw off opponents as to the event’s whereabouts.

But some still found the venue and protested against the event as they drove by. Online video also captured the unveiling, which took place at approximately 11:30 p.m. Attendees shouted “Hail Satan” as two shirtless men pulled off the cloth that covered the Baphomet and then embraced and kissed each other in front of the statue.

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In the meantime, approximately 50 people stood outside of the original venue, Bert’s Warehouse, to pray against Satanism in Detroit.

“We’re fighting for the soul of America. We’re fighting for the soul of the City of Detroit,” David Bullock, pastor of Greater St. Matthew Baptist Church in Highland Park, told those gathered. “The last thing we should do in Detroit is have a welcome party for the Devil.”

“Satan has no place in this city, or any other city,” James Bluford of Rochester Hills likewise prayed out as attendees joined together to pray as the event took place.

As previously reported, the Satanic Temple had raised funds in 2013 to have the statue created in its effort to make a statement about the Ten Commandments monument at the Oklahoma state capitol, and sought to have the Baphomet monument placed next to the Ten Commandments display.

It issued a news release about its intentions following the filing of a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which asserted that the presence of the Ten Commandments display on government property violated the Establishment Clause of the United States Constitution. The Satanic Temple said that it offered to to donate a statue of Baphomet to be placed near the Ten Commandments display in order to “appease the ACLU’s concerns.”

“The statue will serve as a beacon calling for compassion and empathy among all living creatures,” spokesperson Lucien Greaves explained in his application to the Oklahoma Capitol Preservation Commission. “The statue will also have a functional purpose as a chair where people of all ages may sit on the lap of Satan for inspiration and contemplation.”

Last May, it was announced that the statue was nearing completion, which features the goat-headed figure Baphomet making the sign for the occult as he sits upon a throne with a pentagram overhead. Children fixate their eyes upon him on both sides.

In September, Seventh District Court Judge Thomas Prince concluded that the Ten Commandments monument serves a historical purpose and is not solely the presentment of a religious message as it sits on a plot of land that contains 51 other expressive monuments.

But the case was then appealed to the Oklahoma Supreme Court, which ruled last month that the monument violates the state Constitution’s prohibition on using government property to support a religion. The case is now on appeal.

Although the Oklahoma decision consequently resulted in the group nixing its plans to place the monument next to the Ten Commandments display, the Satanic Temple now says that it will seek to erect the monument adjacent to a similar Decalogue display in Arkansas.

The Satanic Temple asserts that they are neither Devil worshipers or atheists.

“We consider ourselves non-theistic Satanists,” Detroit spokesperson Jex Blackmore told the Metro Times. “Just as much as we get people who think that we’re into the biblical concept of Satan, we get people who think that we’re just posing as Satanists, and not truly Satanists or whatever you would say. Non-theistic Satanism is part of modern Satanism.”

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  • K2

    I guess Baphomet will soon be erected next to it.

  • Mike Juggins

    One nation under __________?

    • WorldGoneCrazy

      Nice. Short, sweet, to the point. 🙂

  • All In

    Good for you, Gov. Mary Fallin, for standing for God. There is no higher calling on earth.

    • The Last Trump

      “[T]he Ten Commandments are an important component of the foundation of the laws and legal system of the United States of America and of the State of Oklahoma,” the 2009 bill authorizing the monument acknowledged. “[T]he courts of the United States of America and of various states frequently cite the Ten Commandments in published decisions, and acknowledgements of the role played by the Ten Commandments in our nation’s heritage are common throughout America.”

      Bet our resident atheist trolls had to read through this particular part with clenched teeth and fists. Just drives ’em absolutely batty that anyone dare acknowledge the known historical fact of the profound influence of Christianity in America. In fact, their continual and desperate attempts to remove all traces of this well established fact reveals just how far they’re willing to go to try to pass off their purposely deceitful and flawed narrative as truth. Adorable! 🙂

      Guess they’ll soon be knocking down and removing all of the crosses over the graves of the multiple millions of the deceased in cemeteries all over the country in their ridiculous attempt to rewrite history. Better get a start on it!
      Might take a while.

      • WorldGoneCrazy

        Indeed – they think that the Satanic Creed formed the basis for our country’s laws. But, that has only been true for the past 7 years. 🙂

      • StereoMan

        Quote submitted

  • Bry

    Good, someone standing up to these bullies!

    • nothingmusic42

      there’s that “victim card” Christians play so well. how is ruling that a monument installed on government to promote a single religion to be removed bullying, exactly? oh wait, you mean you can’t bully others using your religion, right?
      i can just imagine how much you would be freaking out if it was an Islamic’d be screaming that it was imposing Sharia Law on you…

      • Gil Baco

        Been bullied much in your life? Hmmm? maybe because you are a homosexual/transgender? What are the male/female names you go by now? I’m curious.

        • nothingmusic42

          nope, just kicked the crap out of a lot of morons who thought it was cool to bully others. you were one of those guys who thought being a bully was cool, til you caught my steel-toed boot in your face, then screamed about how i was picking on you, huh?
          funny how you can’t seem to figure out that there are millions of straight people who are perfectly fine with gays getting married. nope, you got to jump to the 6th grade insult of calling me gay. was that the last grade in school you finished?

          • Mike

            btw, the Ten Commandments originated in the Old Testament which means at the time the religion was Jewish and therefore it covers more than just one religion. They were one of the original written laws. That’s just history. It’s a shame to try so hard to forget the past. We are who we are because of our own history.

  • The Lone Ranger

    Is there such a thing a righteous contempt?

  • Emmanuel

    Hey judges, next time you are hearing a case on murder, pc 187 came from thou shalt not kill

    • nothingmusic42

      um, every society on Earth has had laws about not killing. or are you saying the Hammurabi Code (which existed well before the 10 Commandments) outlawed murder because of them? or ancient China?
      and while the 10 Commandments says “Thou Shalt Not Kill,” why did did God turn around and tell the Isrealites to wipe out the Middonites and Babylonians?

      • WorldGoneCrazy

        “every society on Earth has had laws about not killing”

        This is a silly statement I keep seeing pop up on a-theist troll boards. The law against murder was written in stone with the Ten Commandments, but it was written on the hearts of every human from Adam on:

        “They show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts sometimes accusing them and at other times even defending them.” — Romans 2:15

        So, the burden of the a-theist is NOT to show that “thou shalt not murder” preceded Judaism, but that it preceded the God Who wrote the law on our hearts. This is a most difficult burden to achieve! God bless!

        • nothingmusic42

          yes, because you can’t prove something doesn’t exist.
          see, you seem to be obsessed with the idea that our morals come from God. i accept that morals come from societal norms. the Bible says slavery is ok, society has said it isn’t. the Bible says that stoning people is fine, society has said nope. the Bible says a rapist is to marry his victim, society has said they go to jail.
          but i’m sure i’m debating with someone who thinks the universe is only 6,000 years old, so i won’t waste my time.

          • WorldGoneCrazy

            “yes, because you can’t prove something doesn’t exist. ”

            This is just fundamentally false – another blind faith aspect of the New A-theists that you picked up on the troll boards. Of course, you can prove something does not exist – it is done all the time. I can prove that there are no dead bodies in my closet, and I can prove that even prime numbers larger than two do not exist. May I please recommend that you put down the New A-theist trash novels and pick up some good deep philosophical works by the great a-theists like Bertrand Russell, and counter them with Reasonable Faith by William Lane Craig and Mere Christianity by CS Lewis. like I did in my a-theistic decades? If you are a sincere seeker of truth, you deserve no less.

            “i accept that morals come from societal norms.”

            Well, some societies think slavery is good, some don’t. One society thought that Jew gassing was good, others didn’t. Nothing objective about societal norms – they are inconsistent and vary over time.

            Let me give you a good argument for the existence of God based on your other claims about the Christian God being evil because, you think, He is for stoning people, etc:

            Moral Argument for the Existence of God:

            Premise 1: If there is no God, then objective moral values do not exist.
            Premise 2: Objective evil exists.
            Conclusion 1: Therefore, objective moral values DO exist.
            Conclusion 2: Therefore, God exists.

            A-theists affirm Premise 1:

            “In a universe of blind physical forces and genetic replication,
            some people are going to get hurt, other people are going to get lucky, and you won’t find any rhyme or reason in it, or any justice. The universe that we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil and no good, nothing but blind, pitiless indifference… DNA neither knows nor cares. DNA just is. And we dance to its music.” (Richard Dawkins, River Out of Eden: A Darwinian View of Life (1995))

            “Let me summarize my views on what modern evolutionary biology tells us loud and clear — and these are basically Darwin’s views. There are no gods, no purposes, and no goal-directed forces of any kind. There is no life after death. When I die, I am absolutely certain that I am going to be dead. That’s the end of me. There is no ultimate foundation for ethics, no ultimate meaning in life, and no free will for humans, either.” A-theist William Provine

            “The position of the modern evolutionist is that humans have an awareness of morality because such an awareness of biological worth. Morality is a biological adaptation no less than are hands and feet and teeth. Considered as a rationally justifiable set of claims about an objective something, ethics is illusory. I appreciate when someone says, ‘Love thy neighbor as thyself,’ they think they are referring above and beyond themselves. Nevertheless, such reference is truly without foundation. Morality is just an aid to survival and reproduction, . . . and any deeper meaning is illusory.” (Michael Ruse, “Evolutionary Theory and Christian Ethics,” in The Darwinian
            Paradigm (London: Routledge, 1989), pp. 262-269).

            Additional reasons:

            1. Under naturalism, the only things that exist are those things described by and measured with science. Objective moral values do not apply. You cannot locate moral values in a test tube.

            2. Why would human beings, under Darwinism, have any objective moral value? We are, in that view, just byproducts of
            macro-evolution and social conditioning – no objective moral values there. In fact, rewind the clock and play evolution over again, and you will, based on the randomness involved, get something entirely different:

            “If … men were reared under precisely the same conditions as hive-bees, there can hardly be any doubt that our unmarried
            females would, like the worker-bees, think it a sacred duty to
            kill their brothers, and mothers would strive to kill their fertile daughters; and no one would think of interfering.” Charles
            Darwin, “The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex,” p. 100.

            3. As for moral duties, we would have no more basis for them than any other animal. That means that, as in the animal kingdom, we can kill or rape for any reason whatsoever – animals are not restricted by some sort of “traffic cop” in doing so. There is no one saying “OK, Mr. Lion, you can take out that gazelle, but only if you eat him.” 🙂

            A-theists affirm Premise 2 by pointing out how objectively “evil” Christians and the God of the Bible are. (You yourself did that above – thank you for affirming Premise 2!)

            Therefore, by identity with Premise 2, Conclusion 1 is achieved. Therefore, by Modus Tollens of Premise 1 and Conclusion 1, Conclusion 2 is achieved, and God exists. So, when you talk about how objectively “evil” Christians and their God is, you are unwittingly acknowledging His existence. Thank you so much for acknowledging God today!

      • Gil Baco

        Spoken like a true person who loves to quote that which he does not understand nor know anything about. Stay in your home, moron. You are dangerous to the public.

        • nothingmusic42

          so you are saying the Bible is lying when God commanded all those genocides in His name?
          and yes, someone who has actually read the Bible is someone you must consider dangerous.

  • Pamela Smith

    Why should he comply San Francisco and Colorado dont!

  • Bill

    Thank you Governor!

    • Kathleen

      Thank you so much, please don’t back down by pressure being put on you.

  • DNelson

    Well this should be interesting.

  • nothingmusic42

    considering this same governor couldn’t name the 3 branches of government, maybe she should try passing middle school civics before trying to impose her religious beliefs on the state?
    i guess everyone is allowed to just ignore the laws now. just say that their religious beliefs trump everything.
    when do we start stoning adulterers?

  • BarkingDawg

    That’s great! then they can put the statue of Baphomet right next to it.

  • Law77

    There are many things being fulfilled from the Revelations now. There will come a time that the billion strong army of God will be a million strong, then that will be the true beginning of the end of times.

  • LadyFreeBird<In God I Trust

    I hope it stays. I hope they find a way to protect it from being removed.