Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Arkansas may be new home to satanic statue (instead of Oklahoma)

By Allen Reed, Associated Press

ARKANSAS---An Oklahoma Supreme Court ruling that will rid the Capitol grounds of a religious monument has simultaneously scuttled the plans of a group advocating for a satanic statue there, and they now hope to enshrine the deity outside the Arkansas Statehouse. The Satanic Temple, which advocates for the separation of church and state, spent more than $100,000 to design and construct an 8½-foot-tall bronze Baphomet, which depicts Satan as a goat-headed figure with horns, hooves, wings and a beard. The Baphomet was forged not from hell but from the backwoods of Florida — near Daytona, specifically. New York City-based sculptor Mark Porter, who worked on the statue for five months in the Florida foundry, said he initially found the task creepy. [link]