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Satanic Temple statue among displays at Illinois Capitol

December 4, 2018

In this Dec. 3, 2018 photo a display from The Satanic Temple-Chicago has been placed in the Statehouse rotunda at the Capitol in Springfield, Ill. It joins the Nativity scene to mark the Christmas season and the Menorah to mark Hanukkah. The display is a sculpture called "Knowledge is the Greatest Gift" and depicts the forearm of a woman who is holding an apple. A spokesman for the Secretary of State says the Satanic group has the same rights as other religious organizations to have the display in the rotunda. (Bernard Schoenburg/The State Journal-Register via AP)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A local chapter of The Satanic Temple has been allowed to place a statue in the Illinois Capitol alongside holiday displays of a Nativity scene and a menorah.

The State Journal-Register reports the sculpture depicts the forearm of a woman holding an apple. The statue is called “Knowledge is the Greatest Gift.”

In its application for the display, The Satanic Temple-Chicago calls itself a nontheistic organization that aims to “encourage benevolence and empathy among all people.”

Secretary of State Spokesman Dave Druker says the group has the same rights as other religious organizations to have a display in the rotunda.

Druker says the state can’t censor the contents of the display if they’re not funded by taxpayer dollars because the Capitol rotunda is a public place.

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Information from: The State Journal-Register, http://www.sj-r.com

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