Seth Udinski, FISM News
On Monday, the state of Illinois came under heavy fire as the state authorized the showcase of a Satanic mock “nativity” to be placed in the state capitol building alongside images from Christmas.
The scene depicts the Satanic pagan god Baphomet as a baby wrapped in cloths, in what many are seeing as a shameful mockery and outright blasphemy of the birth of Jesus Christ. The image is apparently part of the pagan cult’s observance of their holiday “Sol Invictus,” which, like the birth of Jesus, falls on Dec. 25. The Latin name finds its root in an ancient Roman pagan holiday which fell at the end of December and espoused worship of the “unconquerable sun.”
Many Christians were enraged at this and are fighting to keep this darkness out of public places. Andrew Hansen, a member of the Diocese of Springfield, said:
Mocking the millions of Christians in the state of Illinois and billions around the world by depicting the baby Jesus this Christmas with the ‘satanic deity’ Baphomet is the very definition of evil and causing division, but that is to be expected from an organization that is in existence to troll people of faith.
Satanic spokesmen are claiming that they desire religious pluralism and unity in this display. It is unclear whether they are true worshippers of the devil, or they are simply to mock those who adhere to the Christian faith.
Reports indicate that the Satanic Temple invited Bishop John Paprocki from the Diocese of Springfield to join hands with them at the capitol in a moment of religious unity. Bishop Paprocki resolutely refused.