The Satanic Temple held a “Rally for the First Amendment” at the Arkansas State Capitol Thursday and brought a statue known as Baphomet with them. The Baphomet figure is a deity that the Knights Templar were accused of worshiping and that subsequently was incorporated into disparate occult and mystical traditions.

Their members said the goal of taking the statue to the state capital is “to support the First Amendment and religious plurality,” according to news reports.

The Satanic Temple is upset Arkansas legislature approved a Ten Commandments monument on the Capitol grounds. Their Members filed a lawsuit to allow the statue of Baphomet to be put on the same grounds after lawmakers denied “a donation from The Satanic Temple,” the news report stated.

“The event is intended to be an inclusive gathering where The Satanic Temple will be celebrating pluralism along with Christian and secular speakers,” Lucien Greaves, spokesman, and co-founder of the group said in a news statement.

“People of many faiths will come together at the Capitol to reject the Arkansas State Legislature’s efforts to privilege one religion over others,” he added.

State Sen. Jason Rapert (R-District 35), the lawmaker who sponsored the Arkansas Ten Commandments Monument Act, spoke with CBN News about the statue.

“The fact is, Act 1231 speaks for the people of Arkansas; it does not speak for Jason Rapert personally,” he said. “This is an act that’s duly passed. It was signed into law by the governor, and it states that we wanted to honor one of the largest influences on the historical and moral foundation of law in Western jurisprudence; in American jurisprudence.”

“And so we sponsored the Ten Commandments for that purpose; it was not for an overt religious purpose whatsoever,” Rapert said.

“Our rights to build a monument were exercised through the electoral and legislative processes and have been upheld by the judicial system,” Rapert said. “They are no less sacred than the freedoms of a shrill few, for whom legal and political rights are merely methods to fleece the gullible and entertain the cynical.”






Mark Martin|CBN News


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