A Satanic Temple unsuccessfully tried to place its one-ton bronze statue of Satan next to a monument of the Ten Commandments in Oklahoma, but were forced to settled for Detroit on Saturday, Reuters.
The organization, which opposes religious displays on government land, unsuccessfully applied to place the statue near a stone copy of the Ten Commandments located on the Oklahoma State Capitol grounds.
The 9-foot-tall bronze Baphomet sculpture depicts a winged half-man, half-goat alongside children standing in adoration, and was unveiled in its alternate spot near the base of the Detroit River on Saturday. The monument was criticized by numerous local Christians, and more than 50 came to pray and protest at a local business.
Rev. Dave Bullock of Greater St. Matthew Baptist Church in Highland Park, Michigan, sad this is not what the city needs.
"The last thing we need in Detroit is having a welcome home party for evil," Bullock told Reuters.