LITTLE ROCK - Secretary of State Mark Martin has scheduled meeting of the state Capitol Arts and Grounds Commission next month to review applications by two groups for permission to place displays on the Capitol grounds, Martin’s office said Tuesday.
One of the applications is from the American History and Heritage Foundation, which is seeking to place a Ten Commandments monument at the Capitol. The other is from The Satanic Temple, which is seeking to place a statue of Baphomet, a winged, goat-headed creature, beside or in front of the proposed Ten Commandments monument.
The meeting is set for 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 13 in the Old Supreme Court Room at the Capitol.
Legislation approved by the state Legislature and Gov. Asa Hutchinson last year requires the state to allow a Ten Commandments monument to be be placed on the Capitol grounds at private expense.
The Satanic Temple has said it should be allowed to place its statue at the Capitol because the state and federal constitutions do not allow the state to favor one religious denomination over another.