Karma For Sanctuary City's 'Satanic' Christmas Display
SFGATE's Dianne de Guzman explains:
Satanic Bay Area took part in the annual tree decorating at San Jose's Christmas in the Park event Friday morning, but by Monday, the group said a number of its decorations were missing — enough so that a group member had to redistribute the ornaments to cover up the losses. The group is expecting to have to add more ornaments before the event concludes on Dec. 25.
"Ornament theft is a thing that happens at Christmas in the Park, unfortunately, and we even anticipated that ahead of time," said Satanic Bay Area organizer Daniel Walker. "I don't want to say we don't mind, because it is annoying, but at the same time, [theft] is a fact of life. I was a little taken aback when I got the message today saying, 'Hey if this keeps up, we're going to have to make some new [ornaments] in about two weeks or so, it's gonna run out if the [theft] rate doesn't get down.' That I did not expect.
"It's really less a question of the act itself, it's more a question of the rate which it appears to be happening," Walker added.
The ornaments taken off the Satanic Bay Area tree include pentagrams, inverted crosses, 3-D printed ornaments of the group's logo, and decorations with images of Krampus, a mythological creature associated with Christmas and said to punish naughty children. Walker said members of their group came together to craft the items, totaling about 140 ornaments, most of them handmade, that decorated the tree on Friday.
Last year, another Satanic cult working with Christmas in the Park faced a similar dilemma.
The San Jose chapter of the Satanic Temple adorned the 2017 tree with a mask resembling the goat-headed deity the group worships. It was also stolen.