The Satanic Temple is now one step closer to having a Baphomet statue on Arkansas State Capitol grounds. On Wednesday, the State Capitol Arts and Grounds Commission Committee deemed the temple's plan for the statue to be sufficient enough to move forward to a public hearing meeting.
It's not the place of the government to dictate to people what is and what is not appropriate religious expression.
The sound of prayer echoed outside the Capitol Zoning District Commission building while representatives from the Satanic Temple presented their plans inside the building.
Protesters drove from other states in hopes of stopping the Satanic Temple's monument.
"This is something totally unacceptable," said Cesar Franco of the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property. Franco was one of many protesting and praying outside the meeting on Wednesday.
We're a Christian nation, we're God-fearing people. We like law, we like order, we like things in their proper place...so let's put the devil in his proper place, let's put him back in hell where he belongs.
Protesters chanted "Do we want the devil on our public property? NO!"
The Satanic Temple's site and design plan was approved on Wednesday. The organization will continue to take all the necessary steps to assure that the Baphomet statue will have its place on government property.
"If you are going to allow religious expression on public grounds, the government needs to remain neutral on viewpoint and they can't impose one religious belief over another," Greaves said.