Following the Arkansas legislature’s decision to install a monument to the ‘Ten Commandments’ in front of the state capitol, the ACLU is already planning to a file lawsuit in an attempt to have it removed.
Calling the monument an unconstitutional endorsement of religion by the state, the ACLU intends to challenge Arkansas’ right to display an item of implied religious significance on state grounds.
While the monument is a privately-funded project that was two years in making after state lawmakers approved a measure permitting its display on state grounds, those opposed to the monument’s ‘moral precepts and uniquely religious obligations’ are declaring war.
One such group opposed to the monument is the Satanic Temple who has pushed for a statue of ‘Baphomet’ to be displayed on state grounds as well.
As explained by Fox News, the Baphomet statue proposed by the Satanic Temple would be “a goat-headed, angel-winged creature accompanied by two children smiling at it.”
Via Fox News
The 6-foot-tall (1.8-meter-tall), 6,000-pound (2,721-kilogram) monument was installed on the southwest lawn of the Capitol with little fanfare and no advance notice. A 2015 law required the state to allow the display near the Capitol, and a state panel last month gave final approval to its design and location.
“Whatever they may say, the defenders of the Ten Commandments monument, the fact is the text of the Ten Commandments cannot be separated from its religious significance as the text calls individuals to adhere to moral precepts and uniquely religious obligations,” Rita Sklar, executive director of the ACLU of Arkansas, said.
Efforts to install [the Baphomet] display, however, were blocked by a law enacted this year requiring legislative approval before the commission could consider a monument proposal. The Satanic Temple has vowed a lawsuit over the measure, and said it didn’t believe the law should be applied retroactively to its proposal.
The ACLU has yet to announce a timeline in regards to the filing of their lawsuit.
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