A Christmas tree festival in Ashwaubenon, Wisconsin, has sparked controversy due to displays from the Satanic Temple of Wisconsin and the Bay Area Council on Gender Diversity.
The Satanic Temple’s tree is decorated with pentagrams, while the Gender Diversity tree features trans flags and ornaments advocating for the protection of trans kids.
“Zoom in to see our awesome ornaments, many of which were hand made by our members!” the Satanic Temple posted.
— New York Post (@nypost) November 26, 2023
Community members expressed concern about the trees, with some highlighting inclusivity while others found the displays offensive.
“Why are we afraid to stand up and say no. This is absurd. The devil has no rights,” one social media user posted.
A Christian pastor emphasized the importance of allowing different ideologies but also voiced concerns about the mixture of Christian and Satanic themes.
TST invites you to our Sol Invictus tradition of displaying Baby Baphomet at the Capitol building in Springfield, IL. Come spread the message of harmony and unity!
Hopefully, Bishop Paprocki will join our effort in spreading this message to the community.
Time: 1pm pic.twitter.com/wqfcAAuU7m
— The Satanic Temple (@satanic_temple_) December 20, 2021
The Satanic Temple has previously sparked controversy with its installations in public spaces, including a Baphomet display in the Illinois Capitol rotunda and plans for a religious abortion clinic.