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Satanic sculpture sits next to Christmas tree, menorah at Illinois Capitol

December 05, 2018 - 5:59 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- All hail Satan.

That the message some believe the state of Illinois is sending by allowing the Satanic Temple of Chicago to place a sculpture in the Illinois Capitol.

The sculpture -- which depicts a snake wrapped around a woman's hand as she holds an apple -- sits next to a a Nativity scene depicting the birth of Jesus, a Christmas tree and Chanukah menorah.

"Under the Constitution, the First Amendment, people have a right to express their feelings, their thoughts," Dave Druker, a spokesman for the Illinois secretary of state, told the State Journal-Register. "This recognizes that."

That doesn't quite sit well with the conservative organization Illinois Family Action (IFA), which tweeted, "Satanic Temple monument was added to the #Illinois Capitol rotunda displays. They fail to realize that the little baby in the manger has CRUSHED Satan's head and the gates of hell will NOT prevail."

But Lux Armiger, chairman for the Satantic Temple, downplayed the critics, reportedly saying the sculpture "is meant to push back against monuments about Christianity and Judaism that “have dominated the religious discourse in the state Capitol during the holiday season."

He also said the sculpture has nothing to do with worshipping Satan per se -- and that it's a statement about separation of church and state.