A small Minnesota town is getting a lot of attention for a Satanic monument coming to their veterans park. The Satanic Temple monument is going up at the site of the Veterans Memorial Park in Belle Plaine and features an upturned helmet atop a black cube.
CBS Minnesota news reports that the satanic monunment is being built by a group of Satanists out of Massachusetts, and it will be the first Satanic monument on public property in United States history. The city is allowing the monument to be built after a religious freedom group threatened to sue over another statue, which features a soldier praying over a grave marked with a cross.City officials say the memorial, which is not inside the park yet, is finished, but they are still working out a date for when it will go in. It has to be put in a small area called “The Free Speech Zone.” It is an area designated to 10 or fewer memorials, as long as they honor veterans.
“They said they were putting it up and I did not like it,” said resident Donna Karnitz.
City Councilmember Cary Coop says he voted against the designated free speech area.
“I don’t think there’s too many Satanists around here, but it’s free speech,” Coop said.
He says they anticipated other groups coming in. There is a protest planned at the park on Saturday during the city’s popular BBQ Days festival.
CBS Minnesota story / TRUNEWS summary.