City leaders say the move would relieve the burden of policing the displays.
“When (police are) being called to respond to these vandalism issues, they’re taking officers away from other people who might need it,” said Chrissy Gibson, city spokeswoman. She added that the decision to place city-owned displays is not yet official.
“We’ll hear from the public (at the meeting),” Gibson said.
Smith intended to cause a stir. He’s a member of an organization called the Freedom from Religion Foundation, and said he knew the pentagram would spark conversation about religious freedom.
He welcomed a proposed ban on all public displays at Sanborn Square. But if the city decides to raise displays and exclude Satanists, Smith promised a fight.