Satanic worshippers have celebrated the unveiling of a demonic statue of a goat-headed creature with wings outside a government building in the US. Members of the Satanic Temple brought the eight-and-a-half ft tall carving of Baphomet, an occult goat-man hybrid, to the grounds of the Arkansas State Capitol building in Little Rock yesterday. The winged monster sits on a throne emblazoned with a pentagram. Alongside a child gazes adoringly up at the man with the goat head.

The striking statue was part of a rally outside the state’s seat of government in protest at a Ten Commandments monument already installed in the grounds. It has now been taken away but the Satanic Temple have filed a lawsuit to have its reinstated in the name of religious pluralism and the First Amendment, KATV news reports. The display prompted counter-protests from Christian activists.

The Satanic Church, who have chapters across the globe that campaign for religious freedom, claim they wrote to state legislators in to ask the Baphomet statue be allowed. Speaking at the rally Lucien Greaves, spokesman and co-founder of the Satanic Temple said: “The event is intended to be an inclusive gathering where The Satanic Temple will be celebrating pluralism along with Christian and secular speakers.

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