Belle Plaine gets a new ornament

A small town in Minnesota put up an exclusively Christian memorial to veterans in a city park — only Christians have fought in our military, apparently. The FFRF got on their case, and they initially backed off, but then under local pressure they decided to put it back up, but with a new compromise. They decided to call the park a free speech zone where anyone can put up a monument, just so they could allow this one religious symbol to stand in a civic space.

And somewhere, a Satanist’s eyes glittered with joy and anticipation.

Belle Plaine is now getting a lovely black steel cube with inverted pentagrams on it for their park. Good choice. Some of the citizens don’t seem to understand the first amendment and have defaced secular signs before, so it’s going to be tough for them to do much of anything to a heavy, squat, metal block.

I kinda want one for my lawn now.


  1. chigau (違う) says

    I found the newsreaders’ pronunciation a bit odd but it’s probably me.
    I pronounce Satan
    say’ tn
    say’ tn izm
    sa tan’ ik
    say’ tan’ ik
    just sounds odd

  2. leerudolph says

    say’ tan’ ik
    just sounds odd

    It does to me, too, but the Oxford English Dictionary on-line gives it as the second (of two) American English pronunciations—and presumably they’ve got the statistics to back it up.

  3. Snarki, child of Loki says

    Needz moar Cthuloid tentacles, if you’re going to put it in your front yard.

  4. chigau (違う) says

    indianajones #7
    well, you wouldn’t want that stuff just … anywhere

  5. anchor says

    @Artor: an iron meteorite is said to be in the Kaba, but considering this steel box already has plenty of iron it would be redundant. If it isn’t hollow a 2^3 foot cube of solid steel would weigh about 1780 kg (about 3900 pounds). It wouldn’t be easy to move – a vintage 1965 Volkswagen beetle weighed at most only 840 kg (1850 pounds).

  6. slithey tove (twas brillig (stevem)) says

    I’ll bet the pentagram gets graffitied with a spray painted “letter t” over it in bright white to mask the evil pentagram. Mustn’t let kids see that magic symbol, overlay it with the “good” magic.

  7. rietpluim says

    That cube looks pretty cool. I like it.

    Nice to know that there is at least one zone somewhere where speech is free.

  8. slithey tove (twas brillig (stevem)) says

    re 12:
    yeah Free speech in a barricaded square in the far corner of the park. so free. ;-(

  9. twosheds1 says

    All Satanism aside, I think their memorial is really nice. I prefer solemn veterans’ memorials over celebratory ones.