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story.lead_photo.caption This 2014 photo provided by The Satanic Temple shows a bronze Baphomet, which depicts Satan as a goat-headed figure surrounded by two children. The Satanic Temple, a group advocating the separation of church and state, is proposing that the statue be placed outside the Arkansas Statehouse after their first choice of the Oklahoma Capitol grounds was scuttled in 2015 by a state Supreme Court ruling barring all religious monuments. ( The Satanic Temple via AP )

LITTLE ROCK — A group is asking Arkansas officials to allow a satanic statue to be constructed outside the state Capitol, where a new law allows a monument to the Ten Commandments.

The Satanic Temple on Tuesday formally submitted its request to the secretary of state and the Capitol Arts and Grounds Commission to approve its proposed monument to Baphomet, which depicts Satan as a goat-headed figure with horns, hooves, wings and a beard. The Massachusetts-based group said it will pay all costs associated with the monument's installation.

A spokesman for Secretary of State Mark Martin's office said it would respond soon to the group's request.

The group proposed the monument in response to a law enacted this year allowing a privately funded Ten Commandments monument on the Capitol grounds.

Read Wednesday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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  • RobertBolt
    September 8, 2015 at 2:27 p.m.

    All religion is just a matter of personal opinion because no actual evidence of gods exists. Therefore, the best answer to this nonsense is to keep religion separate from government. If theocrats decide to meddle where they don't belong, this is the ignorance they implicitly endorse by their actions. The only people who benefit from this are the lawyers paid from our tax dollars and the preachers who accept donations from the followers they stir up with foolishness.

  • RobertBolt
    September 8, 2015 at 2:31 p.m.

    Keep all of your gods off our public property because they don't clean up their droppings.

  • 3WorldState1
    September 8, 2015 at 2:44 p.m.


  • RaylanGivens
    September 8, 2015 at 2:56 p.m.

    You Arkansans don't need a statue of Nancy Pelosi at the Cap; leave that out in California

  • LR1955
    September 8, 2015 at 4:33 p.m.

    Heavens to Betsy, Hell No!

  • edo1962
    September 8, 2015 at 5:13 p.m.

    The Ten Commandments is perfect. Satanic statue is insanity

  • Nodmcm
    September 8, 2015 at 5:29 p.m.

    Actually, that Baphomet statue would bring hordes of tourists to Little Rock. Just about everyone I know would drive to the Capitol to check out that eight-foot-tall Baphomet. But the Ten Commandments (yawn), well, meh, we've all read those our entire lives. What could be new about the Ten Commandments? But the Baphomet statue would put Arkansas, and Little Rock, on the map! I even bet folks from out-of-state would make special trips to the Capitol to check out the Baphomet. I like tourism, and I like tourist dollars jingling in Arkansas' businesses' coffers. What's the harm, anyway? Then the whole country would believe Arkies are modern and open-minded, and not just some close-minded, Bible-thumping yokels like others who have put up the Ten Commandments (think: Alabama).

  • edo1962
    September 8, 2015 at 5:40 p.m.

    Clinton already put us on the map for the wrong reasons. Satan is already here, we don't need to be reminded

  • Nodmcm
    September 8, 2015 at 6:01 p.m.

    Search for "Inside the Satanic Temple's Secret Baphomet Monument Unveiling" for some great photos and an account of the unveiling of the Baphomet statue this past July in Detroit. Probably the only way to keep that Baphomet out of Little Rock will be to scratch the idea of putting up the Ten Commandments statue on public land.

  • CarpeNoctis
    September 8, 2015 at 6:02 p.m.

    I like it Nodmcm - that would be quite perplexing for the politicians - money or lawsuit? Or would that be money for a lawsuit?