Amidst protests in Arkansas’ capital city against it, officials in Arkansas have granted a legislative committee hearing on the Satanic Temple’s plans to erect a Baphomet statue on the grounds of the Arkansas Capitol Building. The New York organization came up with the plan after state legislators passed a law allowing a monument of the Ten Commandments on their grounds.

Lucien Greaves of the NY Satanic Temple has argued that their Baphomet should be approved since the First Amendment guarantees government not to show favoritism toward any one religion. He wants Baphomet installed right next to the Ten Commandments. As yet, no date is established for the public hearing. A committee member for the hearing has stated they will determine the safety, durability, and aesthetics of the statue, not whether or not they agree with its message.

Most protesters claimed they were Christians and objected to the idea of honoring Satan, the Prince of Darkness and hell. They stated that the Baphomet plans are part of a Satanic revolution to promote satanic activity, including abortion and gay marriage. Meanwhile, a group of atheists weighed in and said they may make plans to build a brick wall in front of both the Ten Commandments and the Baphomet statue should it be approved.

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