A very unique statute was unveiled at the Arkansas State Capitol yesterday. It depicts a goat-headed entity known as Baphomet seated in front of a pentagram, with young children looking at him lovingly.
The massive monument is the work of The Satanic Temple, who argue that if the Ten Commandments are allowed to be displayed at government buildings, then so should the monuments of other religions. However, state officials only allowed the display to remain up temporarily, but the organization says that according to the constitution, they too should be able to be a permanent fixture.
At a rally, a Satanic Arkansas co-founder 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.”
As you might imagine, some state officials aren’t too pleased with the whole situation. Republican Sen. Jason Rapert told The Independent, “It will be a very cold day in hell before an offensive statue will be forced upon us to be permanently erected on the grounds of the Arkansas State Capitol.”
It should be noted that The Satanic Temple doesn’t even believe in Satan, much less worship him. On their site, they explain: “It is the position of The Satanic Temple that religion can, and should, be divorced from superstition. As such, we do not promote a belief in a personal Satan. To embrace the name Satan is to embrace rational inquiry removed from supernaturalism and archaic tradition-based superstitions. The Satanist should actively work to hone critical thinking and exercise reasonable agnosticism in all things.”
The Satanic Temple attempted to erect a similar statue in Oklahoma, but lawmakers decided to remove the Ten Commandments instead.