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Why Detroit Has the Largest Satanist Temple Chapter in the US
The "largest public satanic ceremony in history" took place Saturday in Detroit, a city that has the largest and oldest chapter of a national Satanist organization.
By ABC News

Since I hail from the Motor City, I, being who I am, felt somewhat compelled to finally weigh in. Congratulations should go to the Detroit Satanic Temple for staging one of the largest and most unshockingly ostentatious spectacles of self-publicity of its kind. Truly nothing more or less than that was accomplished. Oh, aside from this: thanks should also go to the Temple for finalizing its absolute appropriation of the Baphomet in the minds of the mainstream public. 

“Baphomet was chosen for the statue because of the contemporary recognition of it as a satanic figure…” says Jex Blackmore, temple founder.

I gather that’s a pseudonym.  

I realize the Temple’s stated goal was to make a political message. I also realize their intended goal was to shock and offend certain people. I myself am neither shocked nor offended. But I will say this. There are those outside of Christianity who may frown upon secular humanists once again appropriating and misrepresenting a symbol of deep-seated occult and spiritual significance for use as a prop in the mass distribution and consumption of their message. Within the full span of history, Baphomet actually has about as much to do with Satanism, their brand or otherwise, as the Easter Bunny has to do with the true meaning of Easter. Though to be clear, the Satanic Temple is the Easter bunny of this analogy.