Satanic Statue May Be Erected at Arkansas Capitol

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by Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th.  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  January 23, 2017   

Last-ditch petition circulates prior to Wednesday's final meeting

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (ChurchMilitant.com) - An Arkansas state commission will hold a final meeting this week to determine if the Satanic Temple (ST) can erect its satanic image on the capitol grounds.

A subcommittee of the Arkansas State Capitol Arts and Grounds Commission will meet Wednesday, January 25, to finalize its decision on the matter. John Horvat, vice president of Tradition, Family and Property (TFP), is circulating a petition with which to inform the subcommittee of the "growing opposition to this Satan statue by God-fearing Americans."

"The Arkansas state capitol allowed the Ten Commandments on public property," Horvath relates. "This monument reminds Americans of the foundation of our laws and morality. The satanists were unhappy with this. So they are trying to counter the Ten Commandments monuments with a Satan statue of their own!"

 

While claiming to advocate for separation of Church and State, the Satanic Temple has been trying to erect a statue of Baphomet — a demonic figure seemingly instructing two children — on the Arkansas capitol grounds since the summer of 2015. Arkansas state lawmakers had approved a Ten Commandments display, which precipitated the decision by the Satanic Temple to do likewise.

The group had intended to set up its statue in protest. After the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled the state's display was unconstitutional, the Satanic Temple withdrew its plans. At that time, Temple spokesman Lucien Greaves revealed, "It was always our intention to take this wherever it was relevant, wherever it was necessary and wherever that dialogue needed to take place."

Urging people to sign the petition, Horvath asks, "[W]hat freedoms are satanists reaching for ... what are their ideals for our society?"

He continued, "We must hold to our Christian ideals. ... We must fight and pray."

He reminded everyone that petitions do work, citing the stoppage of the "black mass" on Harvard's campus. He also noted Americans do not need such things as after-school Satan clubs or "invocations at our town council meetings" or "black masses," such as in Oklahoma.

Horvath hopes the petition will garner at least 45,000 signatures. There are currently slightly more than 40,000 signatories. He urges all concerned citizens to sign the petition.

 

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