Satanic Majesty: Free Speech Win Means Minnesota Park Will Get Devilish Monument

Thursday, May 4, 2017
By Paul Martin

A Minnesota veteran’s memorial park will soon feature a satanic monument, following a religious freedom organization’s victory in a battle over freedom of speech on public grounds.

When a memorial statue of a kneeling soldier praying over a grave while holding a cross was placed at the Veterans Memorial Park in Belle Plaine, the Freedom From Religion Foundation took offense.

The Wisconsin-based religious freedom group quickly filed a complaint demanding that the cross be removed, as it was on public property.

“This isn’t just a constitutional violation. It sends a message of exclusion to non-Christians, as if only Christian veterans are important,” Annie Laurie Gaylor with Freedom From Religion Foundation told local station KARE 11.

In January, the small town removed the cross.
“There are a lot of upset people,” Joe Burmeister, a local resident and veteran, told the station. “It was probably one of the hardest things I had to do in a long time was come up and cut this thing off.”

The mayor of Belle Plaine has stated he had no choice but to remove the symbol, as much as it pained him to do so.

“To me, it’s another attack on small town America – our freedoms,” Mayor Christopher Meyer said.

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