The Satanic Temple has a message for alienated U.S. Muslims: Let’s be friends.
American satanists who recently tried to install a bronze Baphomet statue near a Ten Commandments monument in Oklahoma now want to ally with alienated Muslims.
The organization’s offer comes less than one week after Islamic terror attacks in Paris, France, killed 129 and injured more than 350.
“If there is anyone in the San Jose region who is Muslim and afraid to leave their home out of fear for some kind of backlash, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We would be glad to escort you where you need to go without advertising our presence – just big dudes walking you where you need to be. We would also happily deliver you some groceries,” the San Jose, California, chapter of the Satanic Temple said on its Facebook page Wednesday, the Washington Times reported.
The Minneapolis-St. Paul chapter of the temple followed suit.
“Our offer to the Muslims of the Twin Cities comes from a place of genuine compassion for our fellow human beings. It’s not to ride the tide of sentiment or capitalize on people for further name recognition,” the group said on its Facebook page Wednesday.
Muslim Facebook users were grateful for the offer. “I don’t live in Minneapolis, but as an American Muslim I’m glad to see you guys take up this effort and help out a marginalized group. Thank you for doing this and building bridges between communities,” said Abu-Saleh Nafees Imtiyaj on Thursday.
“I’d also like to join the many other American-Muslim voices to offer deeply appreciated acknowledgement and thanks. I have been the victim of random verbal abuse and know many other Muslims in North America who have been the victims of random physical attacks,” added J’Amy McCracken.
One cannot hide from the Lord God Almighty
He sees all, hears all and knows all
He does not enslave women, men or children
He does not require the torture and death of those
who do not believe in Him or worship Him
or do not accept Him as their God
ONLY SATAN/ALLAH does
An Oklahoma Supreme Court ruling in June dashed the organization’s plans to install a Baphomet statue over 8-feet tall next to a Ten Commandments monument on the state’s Capitol grounds. The bronze piece cost more than $100,000 to make.
A 7-2 decision ruling by the court June 30 said the Ten Commandments monument, which had been in place since 2012, violated the state’s constitution.
“As concerns the ‘historic purpose’ justification, the Ten Commandments are obviously religious in nature and are an integral part of the Jewish and Christian faiths,” the court said.
The court’s decision forced the Satanic Temple to begin looking for a new home for its statue.
“It was always our intention to take this wherever it was relevant, wherever it was necessary, and wherever that dialogue needed to take place,” said Lucien Greaves, a spokesman for the group, the Associated Press reported July 6.