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Satanic Temple installs goat-headed creature at Arkansas state capitol

August 21, 2018

CLAIM: A satanic group unveiled a statue called Baphomet during an organized rally at the Arkansas State Capitol.

THE FACTS: A politically-active group named The Satanic Temple temporarily installed a goat-headed, winged creature called Baphomet on the grounds of the Arkansas State Capitol at a protest calling for the removal of a Ten Commandments monument on the grounds at the state house. The Associated Press reported that about 150 Satanists, atheists and Christians attended the First Amendment rally on August 17. The group says the monument violates constitutional freedom of religious rights, considering that the Baphomet statue was rejected as an installation under a 2017 law that requires legislative sponsorship to place a structure on Capitol grounds. The group removed the statue at the end of their protest. They are seeking to join a religious discrimination lawsuit against Arkansas brought by the America Civil Liberties Union.

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