Belle Plaine will host Catholic and Satanist rallies on Saturday

Catholics are not happy about the possibility of the first ever Satanist monument on public land.
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Expect things to get weird at the Belle Plaine Veterans Memorial Park on Saturday.

That's because the park will be the scene of two opposing protests over the proposed erection of the first ever Satanic monument on public land in the whole world.

Suddenly this battle of Satanist and Christian forces is putting the small, southeastern Minnesotan city on the national map, with the park expected to be busy this weekend.

The Belle Plaine Herald reports that Catholic nonprofit America Needs Fatima will hold a rosary rally at noon on Saturday, which will feature hymn-singing and praying.

On the other side, Minnesota's Left Hand Path Community, which was once affiliated with the Satanic Temple, will hold a "picnic in the park" event from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. to show its support for the monument and the veterans park, according to a Facebook event.

The Star Tribune reports that local council members are bemused by all the interest.

"They’re protesting something that may or may not go up," Belle Plaine City Council Member Ben Stier told the newspaper. "It’s all speculation right now."

What's this all about?

It follows a dispute over Christian imagery on one of the veterans' memorials in the public park, which the Wisconsin-based Freedom from Religion Foundation complained about as it showed preference of one religion above others and, indeed, no religion.

To compromise, the city decided to create a "free speech zone" at the park where religious imagery could be displayed. Naturally, this prompted the Satanic Temple to propose a black cube monument be placed at the park.

The statue has not been given the full go-ahead from the city just yet, and while its installation is notable given it’s at the behest of a satanist movement, the group has previously said it doesn’t want to overshadow that its main purpose is honoring veterans.

The Satanic Temple’s spokesman Lucien Greaves (a pseudonym of Doug Mesner) previously said they don't worship Satan, but rather are a non-theistic, religious group that venerates the narrative of "the ultimate rebel against tyranny, best embodied, by Satan."

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