(RepublicanDaily.org) – A Christmas tree submitted by the Satanic Temple in Wisconsin as part of the National Railroad Museum’s annual Christmas tree festival in Ashwaubenon is raising eyebrows and making people see red.
“It’s just absolutely crazy,” a Mike Gallagher, a Republican congressman from the state, told news outlets. He likened the inclusion of the tree in the festival to going inside a synagogue and waving a flag of terrorist organization Hamas. “It’s impossible to overstate how offensive this is,” the incensed representative told news outlets.
Gallagher also called the display “cultural propaganda,” pointing out that the inclusion of the tree is counter to frequent accusations that conservatives are “launching a culture war or focusing or fixating on cultural issues.” The Satanic Christmas tree is a “perfect example of how that’s not what’s happening,” he said, adding that he will stop his yearly tradition of bringing his kids to the train museum to see the trees on display.
The tree is festooned with blood-red “demon eyes” and features a snake curled at the bottom of the tree. There is also a caption that reads “Hail Santa”, a supposed play on the Satanist motto, “Hail Satan”.
Museum CEO Jacqueline Frank has defended the inclusion of the tree, saying that there was no hesitation in accepting the submission from the Satanic Temple, given that the museum is one that “focuses on trains.” Frank also stressed that the museum was not a religious organization and pointed out that the Christmas tree is not necessarily a religious symbol and is used even by non-Christian groups.
For its part, the Satanic Temple’s goal is ostensibly to satirize religious organizations. It says it advocates for the separation of church and state and civil rights. It says it does “not promote a belief in a personal Satan,” instead asking “worshippers” to pursue “rational inquiry” outside of “supernaturalism and archaic tradition-based superstitions.”
The 66 trees in the festival will remain on display until the end of the year.
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