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Satanists force Baphomet statue onto grounds of Arkansas state capitol


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Massachusetts-based Satanic Temple challenges presence of Ten Commandments monument

Outside the Arkansas state capitol, it’s starting to look a little like a replay of the famous contest between Elijah and the prophets of Baal.

Last year, following approval in 2015 by the state legislature, a Ten Commandments monument was installed on capitol grounds. In May, the American Civil Liberties Union sued on behalf of four Arkansas women to remove the monument on First Amendment grounds.

On Thursday, protestors took it a step further. Members and supporters of the Salem, Massachusetts-based Satanic Temple wheeled in a statue of Baphomet, the winged, goat-headed creature venerated by Satanists.

Lucien Greaves, co-founder of the Satanic Temple, told the Huffington Post that the move was for “all people who hold sacred the founding Constitutional principles of religious freedom and free expression.”

“What we are asking for is only that the public square … remain an area where free speech, religious liberty and equality under the law be respected by the holders of public office who swore to uphold those values,” Greaves told a crowd at the rally.

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