In further efforts to increase public understanding and acceptance of Satanism, the Satanic Temple plans to enter the adopt-a-highway program in New York City where they will maintain voluntary beautification of a stretch of public highway for at least 2 years by way of litter cleanup and landscaping.
The adoption and 2 year clean-up effort will cost an estimated $10,000 for which the Satanic Temple is accepting donations through the popular crowd-source funding site, indiegogo.com.
Once approved, the New York Department of Transportation will erect a blue-and-white sign acknowledging The Satanic Temple as the adopters of the designated piece of highway, helping promote a message of Satanic civic pride and social responsibility.
According to The Satanic Temple, the organization hopes to convey “support, camaraderie, and compassion,” for which they are “dedicated to keeping our public spaces clean, safe, and enjoyable for all people.”
“Community, compassion, justice, and civic responsibility — these are worthwhile values wherever they are practiced, regardless of whomever they are practiced by, and whatever arbitrary political or religious label may be attached to them. We call on all people to support the Satanic Temple in this effort to engage their community in a positive, productive manner,” the Satanic Temple website states.
The Satanic Temple are offering giveaways of select limited edition official merchandise on an appreciated scale by donation amount. The breakdown can be viewed at the Indiegogo web page, http://igg.me/at/TST-Adopt-a-Highway/x/3532086.
The drive for donations will end on August 05, 2013, at which point The Satanic Temple will gather the collected donations and submit for their highway adoption.
“We truly look forward to this opportunity to serving our community and raise public awareness of socially responsible Satanism,” states Satanic Temple spokesperson Lucien Greaves, “and this is only a small beginning. You can expect more public community involvement from us in the future.”