December 15, 2018
Does Freedom of Religion Mean Satanic Displays in State Capitols?
In the Illinois Capitol Rotunda this month, several traditions are being celebrated. We find a nativity scene for Christmas; a menorah for Hanukkah; and, alongside these displays, an arm holding an apple, with a snake coiled around it. This snake sculpture is a gift from the Chicago branch of The Satanic Temple. Called "Snaketivity," the work also has a sign that reads, "Knowledge Is The Greatest Gift." This revolting travesty is a result of decades of decisions pertaining to the non-establishment of religion asserted in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. If a group of people incorporates as a non-for-profit religious organization to worship Medusa with her head covered with snakes, would those people be allowed to have a sculpture of Medusa in the Illinois Capitol? Looking at her would turn one to stone. Looking at Snaketivity turns this writer to stone-faced silence and...(Read Full Article)