Satanic Temple Unveils 8.5-Foot Bronze Baphomet Statue At Arkansas State Capitol Protest

August 20, 2018

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In protest of Senator Jason Rapert's successful campaign to install a Ten Commandments statue on the Arkansas State Capitol grounds in Little rock, the Satanic Temple recently unveiled an 8.5-foot bronze statue of Baphomet on the stairs of the Capitol during their "Rally for the First Amendment", which more than 100 protesters and counter-protesters attended, presumably because the bars in Little Rock didn't open until later:

The Satanic Temple is suing the Federal Government for the right to permanently install the statue on the Capitol grounds, arguing that since the Capitol has a Ten Commandments monument, other religions must be allowed to display their symbols there, too.


A group of Christians also attended the rally, and those interviewed by KATV were articulate and respectful of the Satanists and their statue. "God loves them, and we love them," said one. "These people are here in support of their beliefs, and I'm here in support of mine," said another. "Fortunately we live in a country that allows freedom of speech, freedom of religion. I may not necessarily agree with their faith, but I respect it."

Wow, two sides both making decent sense -- that's a rarity. Regardless of how you feel about any of this though, you have to admit that's a pretty bitchin' statue and would look awesome in my backyard by the firepit. "Take an Instagram pic of me laying across his lap?" Depends, how do you feel about burning in hell for all eternity? "It's inevitable." Hop on up there, do you want me to use a filter or no?

Keep going for a shot of the existing Ten Commandments statue and a video news report, which includes an interview with Senator Jason Rapert, who is a firm believer that what good is a job if you can't combine your two favorite things (in his case, church and state).

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Thanks to Joshua S, who agrees it's only a matter of time until the Church Of The Flying Spaghetti Monster gets involved.

  • Hazakabammer

    All hail the Great Intelligence! Our work is yet to be done!

  • Nicholas Conrad

    I'm an anarchist, so I object to religious symbols in government buildings more because of the government building than the religious symbol (actually, they're kinda the same thing); regardless, I don't want them mixing. But, I have to say I think people are being intentionally ignorant to regard the ten commandments in this context as a religious icon. Courts are often adorned with depictions of historical and fictional judges, laws, examples of justice, etc. Many cultures do mix religion and law, so some of these examples are also found in those religions, such as Themis (you probably know her as the blindfolded woman with the scales), who is found in just about every government building, completely uncontroversially, despite being a Goddess (actually, Titaness). That should give the commandments a fair bit of leaway even if they weren't actually used as real-world laws by early Jewish people, and as foundational cornerstones of many countries actual real-world legal systems. We should be discussing displaying the ten commandments like we would discuss displaying the code of Hammurabi, rather than as though it were a crucifix.

  • david

    Well that's just wrong. First of all, the major religion in this country uses the ten tens commandments as the moral basis of their religion. Nobody worships Themis.

    And literally only two of the ten commandments have anything to do with the modern legal system. In the version posted, anything related to modern law doesn't come up until the sixth commandment. It is clearly and undoubtedly a religious monument.

    We can debate whether it violates the first amendment (i think it does, and most judges agree), but that's not really a legitimate point.

  • Nicholas Conrad

    Do you even history, bro?

  • TheQiwiMan

    Government itself *is* a religion, the most dangerous, deadly one at that. And it's most devoted cultists supporters will go to their graves patting themselves on the back for not falling for any of that religion nonsense...

  • Deksam

    And thus we remember this guy... I don`t know...

    https://www.youtube.com/wat...

  • shashi

    bring on the festivus pole

  • CountOrlock

    If one faith as the right to erect a religious symbol then they all do. I don't adhere to any faith, but you can't disallow one and allow another, that's not how it works.

  • GeneralDisorder

    I for one would be okay with abolishing religion but unfortunately it has a strangle hold on the human populace.

    I don't want to take rights away from people though so... I guess just don't let anything even vaguely religious on government property (at least not as a permanent fixture).

  • Mr. Roboto

    As a Christian myself, I've got to say that I don't know if I think putting any particular religious symbols or icons on government property is a great idea. Of course, everyone has a belief system of some sort, so I guess the question would be, "What constitutes religious belief?" Belief in the government could become religious at some point, and then we'd have to take all of the government property off of government property. That would be something!

  • Bling Nye

    I think it would just become a theocracy at that point, making it moot. Funny thought though.

  • Nicholas Conrad

    If you think a bunch of dudes in a room writing things down in their journal suddenly makes some things 'right' and other things 'wrong', and you beleive it enough to pin shiny talismans on a bunch of enforcers to run around all day punishing the 'bad' people for doing things the magic book said not to..... I really don't see a difference.

  • Javier Arreola

    Notice me Senpai, notice me!!!

  • Fartbutt

    Like Ragnar once said... "I hope that someday, our gods can become friends" I'm about to tear up again TnT

  • Tigerh8r

    Well, one of those statues is clearly much cooler than the other.

  • Bling Nye

    "Evil will always triumph, because Good is dumb." -Dark Helmet

  • The_Wretched

    And so begins the walk of 1000 gods. How about we just say governmental lands (our lands for all of us) skip the gods? It's not like there aren't a shortage of churches on every corner where they can post all the 10C they can stomach.

  • Meh

    Awesome. Looks way cooler as a god anyway.

  • FearlessFarris

    "A group of Christians also attended the rally, and those interviewed by
    KATV were articulate and respectful of the Satanists and their statue.
    "God loves them, and we love them," said one. "These people are here in
    support of their beliefs, and I'm here in support of mine," said
    another. "Fortunately we live in a country that allows freedom of
    speech, freedom of religion. I may not necessarily agree with their
    faith, but I respect it."

    Wow, did they ever pick the right Christians to interview! Good for these guys for exemplifying their faith.

    EtA: I guess by being massive trolls, the satanists are also exemplifying their faith in their own way.

  • Jenness

    Agreed that they picked the right ones to interview. This is the way to do it - and then of course to blow that mother**** up into a million pieces and put a little "Oopsie - Allah Akbar" apology note on it afterward, because that would just be hillary-ious.

    I know, I know...https://i.giphy.com/media/vk7VesvyZ...

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