LITTLE ROCK (KATV) — Dozens attended a rally held by the Satanic Temple at the Arkansas State Capitol on Thursday.
The rally comes after the Arkansas legislature approved the placement of a Ten Commandments monument on the Capitol grounds.
During the Satanic Temple’s Rally for the First Amendment, a more than 8-feet-tall Baphomet statue was unveiled.
Those against the rally also attended, telling KATV they had hoped to spread God’s love.
Following the installation of the Ten Commandments monument, the Satanic Temple filed a lawsuit to have its statue placed on the same grounds in the name of religious pluralism and the First Amendment.
During the 2017 legislative session, the Satanic Temple sent a letter to Arkansas legislators asking for lawmakers to sponsor a bill that would allow a Baphomet statue on Capitol grounds, but not one lawmaker responded.
The rally had five speakers, including the Satanic Temple’s spokesperson and co-founder, and was held at the Arkansas State Capitol from 1 to 3 p.m.