The Indiana chapter of The Satanic Temple was accepted into the state’s Adopt-a-Highway program two months ago, having since—much to the distress of locals—completed two clean-up events for their town’s roads.
One such local was Jill Konija, whose property is directly next to one of the Zionsville Adopt-a-Highway signs reading “Satanic Temple Indiana Chapter.”
“It’s like advertising a satanic church in front of our home,” said Konija, according to WNDU. “We raised our sons here.”
Damien Blackmoor, the head of the Satanic Temple Indiana Chapter, said that the group would be doing the acts of altruism regardless of whether or not they got a sign. “We would do it even without the sign,” he said. “It’s not about the attention, it’s about doing something good, and we like to show people that we’re doing that good.”
According to the Satanic Temple Indiana Chapter’s website, the group’s mission is “to encourage benevolence and empathy among all people, reject tyrannical authority, advocate practical common sense and justice, and be directed by the human conscience to undertake noble pursuits guided by the individual will.”
INDOT communications director Debbie Calder told the Indy Star that The Satanic Temple met all the qualifications to adopt. “INDOT has to be respectful of the First Amendment rights of all groups that wish to participate in this program,” she said.
She added that the sign will stay as long as the group keeps cleaning up. Amen to that.