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Belle Plaine City Council Eliminates 'Free Speech' Area In Vets Memorial Park

Belle Plaine City Council Eliminates 'Free Speech' Area In Vets Memorial Park”

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, reports WCCO-TV, which notes it will be the first Satanic monument on public property in USA history.

On Monday, the town council voted to abolish the "Free Speech Zone" where the Satanic monument was supposed to be placed and effectively blocked the memorial being allowed in the veterans park.

The protest comes after a religious freedom group pushed for the removal of a 2ft statue of a soldier, known to locals as "Joe", kneeling in front of a cross.

On Saturday, more than 100 people protested against it.

While the cross was removed for a few months, the city eventually reinstalled it sometime in April, which led the Satanic Temple of Salem, Massachusetts, to request permission to place a satanic monument on the site.

A Catholic nonprofit group, America Needs Fatima, organized a prayer rally on Saturday, July 15, prior to the city council meeting which would decide whether or not to allow a Satanic memorial in a Belle Plaine park.

"The original intent of providing the public space was to recognize those who have bravely contributed to defending our nation through their military service".

Owners of all privately owned displays in Veteran's Park are being given 10 days to remove them from the property.

"The debate between those communities has drawn significant regional and national attention to our city, and has promoted divisiveness among our own residents", the statement continues. But its earlier presence had resulted in the city creating a new public space in the park for monuments honoring veterans.

Therefore, the Council believes that it is in the best interests of our Belle Plaine community to rescind the resolution, and bring this divisive matter to closure.



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