Satanic Deity Displayed At Ark. Capitol Grounds.

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A seven-foot-tall statue of a goat-headed deity known as Baphomet was displayed temporarily at the capitol grounds in Little Rock, Ark., in late August.

The display was part of a protest sponsored by the Satanic Temple, a national organization that includes promoting separation of church and state among its activities.

Temple members decided to rally in Little Rock after Arkansas legislators voted to erect a permanent Ten Commandments display on capitol grounds. The Temple has requested that its Baphomet statue be permanently erected on the grounds as well, so far without success.

"What we are asking for is only that the public square ... remain an area where free speech, religious liberty and equality under the law be respected by the holders of public office who swore to uphold those values," Satanic Temple spokesman and co-founder Lucien Greaves told the crowd.

About 100 people attended...

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