Speaking at the Arkansas State Capitol, leader of the Satanic Temple Lucien Greaves unveiled a 7 ½-foot-tall statue of Baphomet then delivered a speech to explain why. Disagreeing with what is popularly being reported in media outlets, Greaves explained he doesn’t want to remove the 10 Commandments, but rather temporarily show that if you focus on one religious statue, you need to focus on another.
Greaves began the rally by speaking to several older men who described themselves as white supremacists and offered several remarks regarding their appearance and intelligence as the supposed master race.
“I feel I have to comment on the comic relief of these flabby old men who fashion themselves the master race,” Greaves said while rally gatherers and protesters turned to look at the few white supremacists who arrived.
“They might not be fine physical specimens, but they aren’t fine intellectual specimens either,” Greaves retorted to the laughing crowd.
While Greaves, Baphomet rally did draw some humor, many Christian protesters didn’t find the statute of the goat-headed horned god being adorned by two young children funny.
By late Friday evening, Baphomet was trending on Google, Facebook and Twitter and many people were discussing the Satanic Temple’s leader Lucien Greaves.
The rally was attended by a little over 100 people and Greaves reiterated that contrary to what the people may have heard, the Satanic Temple had no intention or plans to make the statue a permanent addition to the Arkansas Capitol.
Those statements haven’t calmed fears of those who believe Satanism is taking over the U.S. government state by state or that there is a move to force America to worship Baphomet.
Greaves explained in his rally speech that the protest was a demonstration to draw attention to the meaning of the First Amendment and that he believes one religion shouldn’t be given preference over another.
The Satanic Temple isn’t the only organization that feels the 2017 ordinance allowing the installation of the Ten Commandments at the Capitol was a violation of the First Amendment.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit against the state and Greaves has shown interest in also joining the suit. Lucien Greaves is currently suing Twitter for religious discrimination.
What do you think about Lucien Greaves and the Satanic Temple’s demonstration? Do you agree or disagree with his argument?