DETROIT – A controversial statue that was once going to be installed on the Oklahoma State Capitol’s front lawn was unveiled in Detroit.
The Satanic Temple unveiled the bronze goat-headed statue in Detroit over the weekend.
According to WDIV, hundreds of supporters and protesters turned up for the event.
The monument was originally intended to be located next to the Ten Commandments monument in Oklahoma City until the Oklahoma State Supreme Court banned religious displays on Capitol grounds, including the Ten Commandments monument.
The Baphomet monument features the devil in goat form.
“We decided to go with that because it is a fairly traditional character,” said Lucien Greaves, with The Satanic Temple. “It also offers a lap that visitors can come to sit on, have their picture taken with.”
After the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled that the Ten Commandments Monument must be removed from the state Capitol, the Satanic Temple was forced to find a new home for Baphomet.
“The entire point of our effort was to offer a monument that would complement and contrast the Ten Commandments, reaffirming that we live in a nation that respects plurality, a nation that refuses to allow a single viewpoint to co-opt the power and authority of government institutions,” Greaves told the Washington Post. “Given the Court’s ruling, TST no longer has any interest in pursuing placement of the Baphomet monument on Oklahoma’s Capitol grounds.”
Greaves told The Washington Post the statue will not remain in Detroit. Right now, they plan on installing the statue in Arkansas, where the legislature approved a privately funded monument of the Ten Commandments at the state’s Capitol.