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.