You’d have to say Sen. Jason Rapert walked right in the Satanic Temple’s briar patch. His push for a Ten Commandments monument on the state Capitol grounds is nearing fruition, which means it’s nearing a certain lawsuit for religious establishment.
Unless, that is, it lets the Satanic Temple erect the statute to Baphomet it’s requested to show that Arkansas is not guilty of a 1st Amendment violation in selective erections.
The Satanic Temple has been waging this church-state separation fight around the country. It lays out its case in an on-line petition drive calling on forcing Rapert to pay the resulting legal fees for pressing a Christian symbol on public property.
The petition drive was started by “Lucien Greaves” of the Satanic Temple, written about at some length in a 2013 article in Vice.
As luck has it, Rapert was on KARK’s Capitol View this morning to defend the monument.