LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The proposal for a Satanic Temple monument on State Capitol grounds has been deemed sufficient and will move on to the public hearing.

On Wednesday, a subcommittee with the Capitol Arts and Grounds Commission cleared the proposal by the Satanic Temple. If approved, the religious group would build a statue of Baphomet, a deity commonly incorporated into traditions of the occult.

The proposal by Satanic Temple came after a privately funded Ten Commandments monument was proposed by Senator Jason Rapert in 2016.

"We think having both sends a message that we still respect religious liberty and the government has no place dictating what is an appropriate religion and what is not," said Lucien Greaves with the Satanic Temple.

A date has not been set for the public hearing, but a spokesman with the committee said it'll likely be held after this year's legislative session.

Protesters outside showed their opposition to the Satanic Temple monument
Protesters outside showed their opposition to the Satanic Temple monument