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Published On: Fri, Dec 5th, 2014

Satanic Temple to add ‘fallen angel’ display, joining ‘Flying Spaghetti Monster’ and nativity

Satanic Temple display coming to Florida photo/Satanic Temple

Satanic Temple display coming to Florida photo/Satanic Temple

The Satanic Temple is claiming a religious freedom victory after winning the right to erect a fallen angel holiday display in Miami. They also plan to build a statue of pagan idol Baphomet in the Oklahoma state capitol next to one of the Ten Commandments.

The cardboard display in the Florida state capitol consists of a diorama of an angel falling from the sky into hell and an inscription, “Happy holidays from the Satanic Temple.”

The stand is scheduled to be put up on Dec. 22, together with a “Happy Winter Solstice” banner from the Freedom From Religion Foundation and an entry from the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

All the displays have been approved by the state government.

“We hope that, this holiday season, everybody can put their religious differences aside and respect that the celebratory spirit of responsible hedonism is available to all,” Lucien Greaves, spokesman for the Satanic Temple, said in an email to CBS Miami.

In 2013, Florida Department of Management Services rejected the proposed holiday display from the New York-based Satanic Temple because, according to the agency, the proposal was “grossly offensive during the holiday season.”

The capitol’s rotunda did allow the display of a privately funded Pastafarian Flying Spaghetti Monster and a six-foot “Festivus pole” made out of beer cans, as well as displays from some atheist groups.

The temple continued demanding equal representation, with legal backing from Americans United for the Separation of Church and State threatening to sue the state of Florida for violating the temple’s free speech rights. This year a Satanic display appeared in the capitol largely because “this time around we arrived with lawyers,” Greaves wrote in an email.

“In a nation that respects religious liberty, viewpoint discrimination is simply intolerable,” Greaves said in a statement. “For that reason, we feel our holiday display sends a very important, affirmative message that goes above and beyond that of superficial season’s greetings.”

“We embrace practical common sense and justice. As an organized religion, we feel it is our function to actively provide outreach, to lead by example, and to participate in public affairs wheresoever the issues might benefit from rational, Satanic insights,” the Temple says on its website.

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