Satanic Temple Unveils Baphomet Statue at Arkansas Capitol

Aug 17, 2018

By Hannah Grabenstein

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Satanic Temple unveiled its statue Thursday of a goat-headed, winged creature called Baphomet during a First Amendment rally at the Arkansas State Capitol to protest a Ten Commandments monument already on the Capitol grounds.

With Satanists, atheists and Christians among those in attendance, several speakers called for the removal of the Ten Commandments monument or for state government officials to install Baphomet as well. The Satanic Temple said the Ten Commandments monument violates constitutional freedom of religion rights and that installation of their statue will demonstrate religious tolerance.

Satanic Arkansas cofounder Ivy Forrester, who helped organize the rally, said “if you’re going to have one religious monument up then it should be open to others, and if you don’t agree with that then let’s just not have any at all.”

The statue of Baphomet, who is seated and accompanied by two smiling children, can’t be installed under a 2017 law that requires legislative sponsorship for consideration of any monument.

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2 comments on “Satanic Temple Unveils Baphomet Statue at Arkansas Capitol

  • What is happening in the USA with the expansion of Christian claims of entitlement is a fine example of what happens when a proselytizing religion like Christianity or Islam is politically enabled or gains political power — its adherents start imposing its requirements on everyone else in state. At the heart of Christianity is the presumption that a supreme being has authorized its members to do so for the good of all people, even overriding the authority of any secular national or state government. They are delusionally self-righteous and a danger to any liberal democracy. I wish the Satanists success in their bid to have their Baphomet statue set up at the Arkansas capitol or the Ten Commandments removed therefrom.

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