Lucien Greaves states, “The idea was that Satanists, asserting their rights and privileges where religious agendas have been successful in imposing themselves upon public affairs, could serve as a poignant reminder that such privileges are for everybody, and can be used to serve an agenda beyond the current narrow understanding of what ‘the’ religious agenda is.”

So it captured our attention when we heard about the Satanic Temple erecting a veterans memorial in Belle Plaine, Minnesota. The city’s park used to have a veteran’s monument featuring “a black metal silhouette of a soldier with a rifle kneeling before a 2-foot cross,” but the Freedom From Religion Foundation argued that the city-approved monument violated the U.S. Constitution’s first amendment prohibiting the government’s establishment of religion.

The city has approved a new monument from the Satanic Temple, “a black steel cube adorned on each side with a golden inverted pentagram and adorned at the top with an empty soldier’s helmet … wherein remembrances and messages to the fallen may be placed in their honor.” The Temple is currently raising money for its construction, shipping, installation, and maintenance and are $8,322 away from their goal.

If they succeed, Greaves says, “This will be the first Satanic monument erected by Satanists on public property.”

We spoke with Greaves about the monument and what he hopes it will accomplish.

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