On July 27, a Satanic group unveiled a controversial Baphomet statue in Detroit, Michigan.
The Satanic Temple erected the bronze figure, depicting Satan with a goat’s head, after they originally attempted to place it next to a Ten Commandments monument at the Oklahoma Capitol, reports The Guardian.
The Satanic Temple kept the monument’s location a secret until the last moment. While crowds lined up in front of the building where they believed they would view the statue, it was actually a decoy to throw off protesters, according to IJ Review.
When the attendees, who lined up at 8 p.m. for the 11:30 p.m. viewing on Saturday, finally entered the building, event coordinators sent them to a nearby warehouse by the Detroit River.
Around 11:30 p.m., the Satanic Temple finally unveiled the bronze figure, which has a winged human body, a goat’s head, and features a boy and girl looking up in adoration at the figure on either side.
While the Satanic group took steps to minimize opposition at the event, protesters still found its location. According to IJ Review, one group, called the Church Militant, brought a 6-foot statue of St. Michael, who casts Lucifer out of Heaven in the Bible, while nearly 50 people stood outside the warehouse yelling prayers.
“The last thing we need in Detroit is having a welcome home party for evil,” said the Rev. Dave Bullock, a Baptist pastor.
Inside the venue, attendees celebrated the unveiling, cheering and yelling “Hail Satan!” as two men revealed the 9-foot figure.
The statue cost more than $100,000 to make and is a reaction to Christian imagery on public land. The Satanic Temple says the Baphomet “is intended to complement and contrast the Ten Commandments monument that already resides on Oklahoma State Capitol grounds.”
The temple originally tried to erect the Satanic figure at the Oklahoma Capitol, next to a controversial Ten Commandments monument, reports The Guardian. However, their application to erect the statue was rejected in 2012. The Oklahoma Supreme Court also recently ruled that the Christian monument must be removed.
After its display in Detroit, the Satanic Temple plans to bring the Baphomet to Arkansas, where state officials recently authorized another Ten Commandments statue at the state's capitol.
Photo credit: The Guardian (AP), Screen Capture