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Satanic Temple to Protest Ten Commandments at Arkansas Capitol

Natalia Mittelstadt
By Natalia Mittelstadt | August 14, 2018 | 10:22 AM EDT

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The Massachusetts-based Satanic Temple is bringing its Baphomet statue to the Arkansas Capitol on Thursday for a “Rally for the First Amendment.”

The purpose of the rally is to protest the state favoring Christianity over other religions by displaying the Ten Commandments monument but rejecting the Satanic Temple’s Baphomet statue.

The Ten Commandments monument was approved in a 2015 act sponsored by state Sen. Jason Rapert, who privately raised funds to pay for it.

The Satanic Temple’s spokesman, Lucien Greaves, said in a press release, saying, “Freedom of Religion means that the government must not be allowed to endorse one religion over another or inhibit any religious voices from access to public forums in favor of another.

“By installing a Ten Commandments monument on their capitol grounds while rejecting other privately donated monuments of religious significance, the Arkansas State government has flagrantly violated a founding Constitutional principle, for which we call upon the people to rally with us to defend,” Greaves added.

Last year, the Ten Commandments monument had been destroyed when a man named Michael T. Reed II drove his car into it; he had done the same to a Ten Commandments monument at the Oklahoma state Capitol in 2014.

While the Ten Commandments monument in Arkansas was replaced this year, the one in Oklahoma was removed a year later after the Satanic Temple fought in the state Supreme Court for its removal when their statue was denied placement there.

The Satanic Temple is joining lawsuits that challenge the constitutionality of the Ten Commandments monument on the Arkansas Capitol grounds.

Natalia Mittelstadt
Natalia Mittelstadt
Natalia Mittelstadt

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