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Satanic Temple’s Baphomet statue to appear at the state Capitol in August

Satanic Temple’s Baphomet statue to appear at the state Capitol in August

Via press release from the Satanic Temple:

The Satanic Temple’s infamous Baphomet statue will make an appearance at the Arkansas state Capitol on August 16th from 1-3pm during “The Satanic Temple’s Rally for the First Amendment.” The rally is intended to bring together religious leaders of different faiths to discuss the importance of the First Amendment and its protection for religious pluralism as being essential to preserve American democracy.

According to The Satanic Temple’s spokesperson, Lucien Greaves, “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.”

The appearance of the 7½ foot bronze statue on Capitol grounds has been a long time coming. In August 2015, Arkansas Legislature passed a bill introduced by State Senator Stanley “Jason” Rapert to install a Ten Commandments statue on State Capitol grounds. By rejecting The Satanic Temple’s subsequent offer to donate its statue of Baphomet on Capitol grounds, Arkansas violated the establishment clause of the First Amendment by endorsing one religion over others.

Last year, the first version of the Ten Commandments monument was destroyed by an apparently mentally ill man who filmed himself driving his van on Capitol Hill.

Rapert also appeared on JMG in March last year when he successfully drafted a bill calling for a state constitutional convention to ban same-sex marriage and abortion. Rapert has already made the headlines calling on the United States to rain nuclear bombs on ISIS and to tell a Tea Party that they should no longer "allow minorities to ignore what you believe in."

The tweet below is pinned at the top of Rapert's account:

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