LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The Capitol Arts and Grounds Commission met on Wednesday to discuss to proposals for monuments to be placed on State Capitol grounds. The American History and Heritage Foundation wants a 10 Commandments monument while the Satanic Temple wants to erect a statue of Baphomet.
The sub-committees discussed possible locations for the monuments if they were to be approved. Despite the discussion, no approvals were made for either monument.
"It could take a while you know, there's no real estimate on how long this process will take," said Chris Powell an employee at the Secretary of State's office. "Several of the previous monuments with the Capitol have taken years to go through from concept to placement."
The 10 Commandments follow up meeting is set for November while the Satanic monument meeting is in January. Public comment meetings will be held before reviews are presented to the commission for a final decision.
The Satanic Temple asserted in its comments at the meeting that once the bid for the 10 Commandments was withdrawn, they would also withdraw their bid for a statue on Capitol grounds.
"This should not be characterize as the Satanic Temple versus Christian expression," said Lucien Greaves, spokesperson for the Satanic Temple. "What we're trying to avoid is the appearance of one religion viewpoint apparently co-opting the power and authority of a government institution."
Senator Jason Rapert, who introduced the bill in Arkansas, said he is proud that 10 Commandments would soon be installed. In a statement released on Twitter, he assured Arkansans that "there will never be a statue installed by the Satanic Temple on our Capitol grounds."
In 2015, an Oklahoma court ruled that its Capitol grounds could not allow religious symbols due to the state's constitutional ban on using public property to benefit a religion.