Happy holidays - Satanic Temple displays statue in state capitol

Happy holidays - Satanic Temple displays statue in state capitol

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A statue from The Satanic Temple-Chicago is now featured in the Illinois Capitol rotunda for the holiday season.

The display, which features a woman's hand holding an apple as a snake wraps around her forearm, joins a nativity scene to honor Christmas and a menorah to honor Hanukkah.

Lex Manticore, a spokesperson for the city's Satanic Temple told The State Journal-Register that the statue represents a Biblical Eve eating the forbidden fruit from the tree of knowledge. "We see Satan as a hero in that story," he said.

The group doesn't believe in anything supernatural, Manticore told the Journal-Register, but sees Satan as a symbol of "rebellion in the face of religious tyranny.”

The statue, known as "Snaketivity" from a crowdsourcing campaign, displays a plaque saying "Knowledge is the greatest gift."

Because the Capitol rotunda is a public place and the display wasn't funded by taxpayer dollars, Illinois Secretary of State spokesman Dave Druker said the group has the same rights as other religious organizations to put a display there.

In the past, the Capitol has featured other displays challenging religion, including a sign from the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation declaring religion a "myth" and an aluminum Festivus pole installed by a Springfield resident.

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