A large Satanic statue featuring the goat-headed deity Baphomet was unveiled during a protest at the Arkansas State Capitol.
The Satanic Temple placed the bronze statue at the capitol during a First Amendment protest on Thursday, while calling for the removal of a Ten Commandments monument permanently mounted on Capitol grounds.
“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,” said Satanic Arkansas cofounder Ivy Forrester.
The Satanic Temple claims that the Ten Commandments monument violates constitutional freedom of religion rights.
In response, they would like to install their 7 ½-foot-tall Baphomet statue showing the winged creature accompanied by two smiling children.
But the statue can’t be installed under a 2017 state law that requires legislative sponsorship for consideration of any monument.
The Ten Commandments monument at the Arkansas Capitol was sponsored by Republican Sen. Jason Rapert and installed quietly in 2017.
Less than 24 hours after its installation, a man drove his car into the monument, smashing it to pieces.