An Arkansas Capitol Arts and Grounds Commission subcommittee has allowed the Satanic Temple’s request to erect a Baphomet statue at the state capitol to move forward with a public hearing. A meeting was held on Wednesday, which included a presentation from Satanic Temple spokesman Doug Mesner, who goes by the name Lucien Greaves. “It’s not

the place of the government to dictate to people what is and what is not appropriate religious expression,” he contended. Over two dozen protesters stood outside, many appearing to be Roman Catholic as they held signs and banners that read “The Virgin Mary triumphs over proud Lucifer,” “Mary, the queen of angels, crush Lucifer’s head,” and “St. Michael the archangel, defend us in battle. Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the devil.” READ MORE