Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Satanic Temple Asks To Place Baphomet On Arkansas Capitol Grounds

In a press release today, The Satanic Temple announced that it has formally asked the Arkansas’ Capitol Arts and Grounds Commission for permission to place its "Baphomet" monument on the Capitol grounds next to an already-authorized Ten Commandments monument.  The Satanic Temple contends that when Arkansas earlier this year enacted SB 939 authorizing the Ten Commandments monument, it effectively opened the Capitol grounds to private donations and may not engage in viewpoint discrimination in accepting them.It says it will place an inscription on the Baphomet monument reading:
Be it known to all that this statue commemorates the history of law in the United States of America. From the deplorable Satanic Witch Hunts, the cherished doctrines of due process, presumption of innocence and the protection of minorities from the tyranny of mob rule became part of the established foundation of American jurisprudence.
Baphomet was unveiled in a ceremony in Detroit earlier this summer. (See prior posting.) A Hindu group also wants to place a monument on the Arkansas Capitol grounds. (See prior posting.)