The Satanic Temple of Chicago installed a sculpture of a hand holding an apple with a snake wrapped around it for the holidays.
Snaketivity on display in Springfield, Il.
“Fill your eyes and ears with Satanic holiday cheer! The Snaketivity is here!” the Satanic Temple of Chicago posted on Instagram this week.
The “Snaketivity” is a black resin sculpture of a hand holding an apple with a snake wrapped around it. The base reads, “Knowledge is the greatest gift.” It is currently on display for the holiday season in Springfield alongside a menorah, a Christmas tree, and a Nativity scene.
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When the Satanic Temple announced the plan in November, they wrote that the Snaketivity would be “bringing a message to the Illinois state capital that religious freedom means freedom of representation for ALL religions… not just the ones that don’t offend Christians.”
With a plea to “Please consider what you may do to help us bring Satan to Springfield!,” the group raised $1,700 on GoFundMe for their Satanic holiday display.
“I suppose it is their free speech rights to do that, so I can’t deny that. But do I agree with it? Absolutely not,” one interviewee told WBMF News. “I can’t disagree with the statement in itself but when it’s coming from a satanic or a cult group, my response would be that everything about Satan is a lie.”
“I think it’s inappropriate because it’s not something that should be displayed for a lot of people to be offended by,” said another. “I would be offended by that myself.”
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Fill your eyes and ears with Satanic holiday cheer! The Snaketivity is here! 🐍🎄❄️ Lifecast in the darkest resin, expertly executed by glorious Satanists: @posacosa & @holidaygerry and installed by dedicated members in the Illinois State Capitol building in Springfield, IL. See how religious freedom glistens in person till Saturday, December 29th! #illinoisstatecapitol is open: M-F 7am – 6pm Weekends: 9-4pm with public tour . . Thanks to everyone for their contributions, however #snaketivity is still not fully funded. Continued contributions are welcome to our gofundme: https://www.gofundme.com/snaketivity *UPDATE* Snaketivity is fully funded! Thank you to all who contributed ♥️ . 🐐 #tstchicago would love to see your pictures with the sculpture! Tag us or use #snaketivity to join in the holiday cheer! 🐗 . . #darkart #posacosa #holidaygerry #thesatanictemplechicago #thesatanictemple #resin #lifecasting #darkartists #knowledgeisthegreatestgift #satan #chicagoactivist #holidaydisplay #springfield #snakes #apples #chicago #christmas #satanist #chicanoart #sculpture #satanicart #religousfreedom #plurality
The statue will remain on display in the Illinois State Capitol until Dec. 29.