Satanic Temple Trolls Are Back: Want Statue Of Baphomet At Arkansas Capitol

This summer the Satanists from The Satanic Temple unveiled their ode to Lucifer and all that is unholy in the most hellish of all possible places; Detroit. 

Kim Davis did not approve their event permit.

After years of planning to erect their bronze statue of Baphomet at the Oklahoma State Capitol in response to a Ten Commandments monument placed there, their plan was sadly thwarted. The OK state Supreme Court rejected the Ten Commandments monument as unconstitutional thus making their argument for the state equally representing ALL religions on public grounds a moot issue. Now no one can have a statue! Thanks Satan.

I think I saw this in Sky Mall.

However it seems that the Dark Lord works in mysterious ways. The state of Arkansas didn’t get this “memo” about the whole separation of church and state thing and have recently passed legislation which would allow for the placement of a 10 Commandments monument on Capitol grounds. Lawmakers argue that the commandments monument would be privately funded and honor the Old Testament as a basis for law and not “favor any particular religion or denomination over others." The Satanic Temple though, sees it as opportunity to again troll god fearing lawmakers with a half man- half goat, winged satanic idol flanked by two adoring children.  

Sadly no one has petitioned for the 10 Condiments monument honoring ketchup, mustard and relish.

Malcolm Jarry, co-founder of The Satanic Temple said in a statement that they are confident that the resolution the Arkansas state legislature passed should give them permission to place their monument this time;

"We have reviewed SB939, which authorized the placement of a 10 Commandments monument at the Arkansas State Capitol, and the Baphomet statue we would like to contribute shall fulfill the same intended purposes."

However other less controversial religious groups have already applied to place a monument at the state capitol and been rejected. Just this past August an application to the Arkansas Capitol Arts and Grounds Commission to place a statue of the Hindu god Hanuman was rejected. Why would they reject Hanuman?

Not satanic, but still pretty metal.

The Governor of Arkansas, Asa Hutchinson spoke out on the monument situation and was pretty clear on which religion he favored in getting a monument, saying he doesn’t "want just every group putting a statue on the Capitol grounds. We want it to be exclusive; we want it to be reasoned."

The Satanic Temple argues that by establishing that one religious group is allowed to erect a monument, than this sets a precedent allowing all religious groups to erect a monument. If the state rejects their proposal they may pursue legal action, saying;

"The State either allows for an open forum available to private donors, or it does not. The Legislature doesn't need to approve our monument, as the approval of the Ten Commandments already established the parameters by which monuments are allowed on Capitol Grounds. We clearly meet all their criteria with Baphomet."

Break Question Of The Day: Should the Satanic Temple be allowed to place their monument in Arkansas?

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Source: KATV