Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Satanic Temple Will Erect War Memorial In Park's Free Speech Zone

The Minneapolis Star Tribune last week reported on the controversy in Belle Plaine, MN over a war memorial in a city park. The memorial includes a 2-foot tall cross. After a complaint about the religious symbol on public property, the city initially ordered the cross removed. But then protesters who wanted the cross to remain occupied the park each day.  The city relented, but to meet constitutional objections it designated a small area in the park as a "free speech zone" where up to ten temporary memorials to honor veterans will be allowed. The first organization to apply was the Satanic Temple, and it will now erect a memorial to honor non-religious soldiers. The memorial be a black cube inscribed with inverted pentagrams with an upturned helmet on top.