A small Minnesota town is getting a lot of attention for a Satanic monument coming to their veterans park.
The monument going up for The Satanic Temple — which features an upturned helmet atop a black cube — will soon be at the site of the Veterans Memorial Park in Belle Plaine.
It is being built by a group of Satanists out of Massachusetts, and it will be the first Satanic monument on public property in United States history.
The city is allowing the monument to be built after a religious freedom group threatened to sue over another statue, which features a soldier praying over a grave marked with a cross.
City officials say the memorial, which is not inside the park yet, is finished, but they are still working out a date for when it will go in.
It has to be put in a small area called “The Free Speech Zone.” It is an area designated to 10 or fewer memorials, as long as they honor veterans.
“They said they were putting it up and I did not like it,” said resident Donna Karnitz.
City Council member Cary Coop says he voted against the designated free speech area.
“I don’t think there’s too many Satanists around here, but it’s free speech,” Coop said.