The idea that December is now a general season of celebration for everyone has taken hold, aided by the addition of Hanukkah and Kwanzaa to the mix. The commercialization of Christmas, with retailers seeking to draw everyone in to the gift-giving frenzy whatever their religious beliefs further cements that idea, and you can be sure that ‘Happy Holidays’ and ‘Season’s Greetings’ will remain in stores despite all the efforts of the Christian warriors, aided by that extremely religious person Donald Trump, to force people to only say ‘Merry Christmas’, though that too has been largely drained of any religious sentiment.
The addition of playful celebrations like Festivus and the addition of Satanic Temple statues to the usual nativity and menorah displays is yet another sign that December is now largely celebrated in a secular way, a reversion to its solstice roots.
The Illinois State Capitol is decking the halls with holly, a menorah, and a Satanic statue.
This holiday season, the Satanic Temple of Chicago has been granted permission to place their statue in the lobby of the state Capitol building in Springfield, Illinois, a spokesman for the Secretary of State’s office told CNN.
The statue is approximately four and a half feet tall and about 18 inches long, spokesman Dave Druker said, and it depicts a snake wrapped around an arm holding an apple with the inscription “knowledge is the greatest gift.”
The statue has been on display since Monday and will remain through the end of the month, according to officials.
“We feel it’s a First Amendment issue, we have other displays there — a Hanukkah menorah and Nativity scene,” Drucker said. “If you have displays of one type you need to be consistent and allow everyone to do so, aside from hate speeches and other unacceptable things.”
The Satanic Temple says that its members are atheists who are often interested in community activism, according to the group’s website.
Of course, there are still some tricky issues to be negotiated, as these cartoons can attest.