Arthur J. Villasanta – Fourth Estate Contributor
Little Rock, AK, United States (4E) – Some 150 followers of The Temple of Satan cheered as a statue of Baphomet, the winged humanoid goat which to them is a symbol of egalitarianism and the separation of church and state, was unveiled in front of Arkansas State Capitol in Little Rock. On the other hand, many Christians regard Baphomet as another evil symbol of Satan.
The 8-1/2 foot tall statue of Baphomet, otherwise called “The Sabbatic Goat,” rolled onto the state capitol mounted on the back of a flatbed truck. The unveiling of the statue drew cheers from the assembled members of The Temple of Satan and protests from the smaller number of Christians that showed-up to protest the statue’s unveiling.
The Christians held aloft signs with sayings from the Bible and sang Christian hymns. The truck with Baphomet left after only a couple of hours.
Atheists also attended the Baphomet unveiling on Aug. 16. Several atheist speakers said monuments in public places extolling Christianity such as the 10 Commandments in Oklahoma in 2014 and the one now in Arkansas violate the Constitutional separation of church and state. The 10 Commandments monument in Little Rock was erected in 2017 after a bill sponsored by Republican senator Jason Rapert was passed.
Both The Temple of Satan and the atheists said their decision to parade Baphomet at the Arkansas capitol is a protest against the decision by the state government to erect a statue of the Christian 10 Commandments on capitol grounds. They argued this action by the Arkansas legislature violates the key democratic principle of the separation of Church and State.
This same statue of Baphomet was to have stood beside the statue of the 10 Commandments in Oklahoma City in 2015. The vandalization of this statue and a subsequent decision by the Oklahoma Supreme Court declaring all religious displays illegal put paid to this plan by The Temple of Satan. The statue of Baphomet has since come to symbolize the modern Satanist movement.
The Satanic Temple, however, doesn’t believe (as Christians do) that Satan or the Devil is the embodiment of all evil. The Temple of Satan said it uses the literary Satan as a metaphor to promote pragmatic skepticism, rational reciprocity, personal autonomy, and curiosity.
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