By Laura Hollis | December 10, 2018 at 2:04 am According to a recent NPR story, The Satanic Temple of Chicago paid to have a statue installed in the rotunda of the Illinois Capitol. To accompany the traditional Christmas Nativity scene and Jewish menorah for Hanukkah, there is now a statue of an arm with a snake coiled around it; in the hand is an apple. An inscription on the front reads, “Knowledge Is the Greatest Gift.” Lest anyone worry about the use of taxpayer dollars to fund this travesty, the NPR piece assures us that the money was donated via a GoFundMe page set up by the temple, in which the temple exhorted the public to help it “bring Satan to Springfield!” The NPR piece also quotes from The Satanic Temple website, on which it attempts to rehabilitate its namesake’s less-than-stellar public persona, explaining that its mission “is to encourage benevolence and empathy among all people, reject tyrannical authority, advocate practical … [Read more...] about Sign of the times: Satan gets a statue in Illinois
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The most controversial new work of art in the United States is a sculpture that resides in an undisclosed warehouse location in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Hardly anyone knows where it is, and few have actually seen it. The people who commissioned the piece have warned the artist not to publicly identify himself. They don’t think they’re being paranoid. “We’ve gotten all kinds of hate mail,” Lucien Greaves, one of the people who commissioned the work, says. Greaves has received a number of emailed death threats, which he occasionally posts verbatim to his Facebook page: “I hope, I pray you get a bullet. You are evil your a monster, an obamanation…the evil radiates off you. I hope you suffer.” A guest on Don Imus’s show on Fox News remarked jocularly that Greaves and his cohorts behind the sculpture should be lined up next to it and shot. Greaves hadn’t seen the artwork in person until recently. On a warm afternoon in early June, a … [Read more...] about Trolling Hell: Is the Satanic Temple a Prank, the Start of a New Religious Movement — or Both?
Stay up to date on Portland news and politics. Looking for fun? Here are the best Things to Do in Portland today. jetcityimage / Getty ImagesGood Morning, Portland! I hope you have good weekend plans—between the air quality clearing up and lovely temperatures in the 80s all weekend, this may well be the best weekend in August to get outside and do some activities! Let's get to the news. Elon Musk is a sad boy. He's had a really rough year, and also is under investigation for maaaybe manipulating the stock markets by tweeting that Tesla is about to go private for $420 per share, "funding secure." That guy who refused to bake a cake for a gay couple also refused to bake a cake for a trans woman. The state's civil rights division decided he is required to make the cake, and, get this, he's suing the state over it! Trump canceled plans for a showy military parade in Washington DC, blaming officials at the city level for inflated costs. The parade could have cost more that $90 … [Read more...] about Good Morning, News: Chipotle is Gross, Trump Cancels Military Parade, China Wants to Become the New Global Superpower