A little coastal town in Victoria manages to escape with all its residents and guests unharmed:
Not so lucky the residents of Little Rock:
Nearly four months after crews reinstalled the Ten Commandments monument on state capitol grounds, the Satanic Temple came back Thursday with a statue of its own.
The group’s “Rally for the First Amendment” brought together Satanists, Christians, even the KKK as a flatbed truck wheeled the Baphomet monument to the capitol steps to chants of “Hail Satan!”
While some were there to protest, different beliefs mostly came with a unified message: all or none. They argue if the Ten Commandments stand on capitol grounds, their religious statues should, too.
“This is not a protest against the Ten Commandments,” Lucien Greaves, the spokesperson for the Satanic Temple, told the crowd. “This is not a protest of Satanists against Christians. This is not a protest of secularists against believers. This is a rally for reason in the face of prejudice.”
They saved Bill Clinton, they will survive Satan.
Baphomet, by the way, is “fake Satan”, having emerged from the tortured confessions of Knights Templars during the order’s suppression in 1307 as the name of the figure the supposedly heretical knights were supposedly worshipping instead of Christ. It’s uncertain what Baphomet actually was, what he looked like, and even what the name signified, though some sources suspect a corruption of the name Mohammed. What is almost certain, however, is that Baphomet did not exist except as part of a manufactured case against the Templars by the French king Phillip the Fair who subsequently confiscated the order’s considerable wealth. Clearly, Baphomet continues to live in the imaginations of both the “da Vinci code” historical conspiracies crowd as well as the assorted Satanists, who have adopted him, without much evidence, as another face of the lord of darkness.