SPRINGFIELD — Yet another conservative group is up in arms about the display the Satanic Temple of Chicago put in the Illinois State Capitol rotunda. This time a group that claims to be Catholic.
The State Journal-Register reported that the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property (TFP) went to the statehouse to “pray” that the “Snaketivity” be taken down. They also have a petition on their website.
From the State Journal-Register:
“No government entity should promote the father of lies, as this is contrary to the good they are called to uphold in society,” Preston Noell, with the society’s Chicago chapter, said Sunday. “These public Satanic offenses are a direct mockery of Christ’s nativity and these attacks must be met with opposition, which we are adhering to with prayer.”
Noell said the Satanic display was one of several attempts to “shut down” Christians and “attack Christian civilization.”
“We are a Christian nation,” Noell said. “We believe in our Lord Jesus Christ … and to equate Satanism with anything that is religious like this is an affront to reason.”
Sunday’s crowd, several of whom clutched rosaries, gathered around a statue of Mary depicted as Our Lady of Fatima, which was was placed in front of the Abraham Lincoln statue at Second Street and Capitol Avenue.
Chris Dunlap, a treeworker from Racine, Wisconsin, drove to Springfield with his family to help facilitate and participate in the Sunday prayer. His six children, ages 9 to 21, held signs quoting Bible verses and calling Satan “the eternal loser.”
The TFP is the second conservative group to get up in arms about the Satanic Temple’s display. Last week, Illinois Family Action was calling for members to call the statehouse and have it removed. Both groups have been pegged by the Southern Poverty Law Center as extremely anti-LGBTQ. Southern Illinois legislators also complained to the Illinois Secretary of State’s office, which maintains facilities at the statehouse.
Dave Druker, spokesman for the Secretary of State’s office, again said that the temple has the same right as other religious groups to have the display and that it was staying.
“We appreciate their feelings and expressing their views, but the issue is the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution,” Druker told the Journal-Register on Sunday.