INDIANA: SATANIC TEMPLE ADOPTS A MILE, CAUSES COMPLAINTS
Groups across the country commit themselves cleaning stretches of road in their area several times a year. In return, those groups may receive a state-provided Adopt-A-Mile sign with their name on it.
In Indiana, the Satanic Temple is keeping a stretch of road clean, but residents living in the area aren’t happy about their cleanliness-minded commitment. The sign sits in front of Indiana resident Jill Konija’s home, and she said she’s tired of looking at it.
“It’s like advertising a satanic church in you know, in front of our home,” said Konija. “We raised our sons here.”
Damien Blackmoor, the head of the Satanic Temple Indiana Chapter, said that they are merely looking to do good with or without the sign.
“We would do it even without the sign,” said Blackmoor. “It’s not about the attention, it’s about doing something good, and we like to show people that we’re doing that good.”
A spokesperson with the Indiana Department of Transportation said they respect the group’s freedom of speech.
INDOT said there are no restrictions on what types of groups can adopt a mile, and the sign will stay up as long as the group fulfills their commitment.
Here in Alabama, groups adopting miles include student organizations, churches, charities and more. Interested in adopting a mile in Alabama? You can find out more by visiting alpals.org. Areas available include highways and county roads.