Now that Arkansas will install a Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the State Capitol — similar to the Oklahoma one below that was recently declared unconstitutional — it seems like everyone wants to take advantage of the opportunity.
The Satanic Temple has said it may erect a bronze Baphomet, and on Tuesday two more groups stepped forward to say they want space to promote their deeply held beliefs.
The Nevada-based Universal Society of Hinduism proposes a statue of Lord Hanuman, an immortal deity with an ape-like face and a tail known for incredible strength, perseverance and devotion.
The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals told The Associated Press it wants a massive vegetable banner hung from the Arkansas Capitol.
Arkansas officials claim that the Ten Commandments monument in their case would be all about history and education, not religion, but that can be challenged. And other groups say they’re trying to educate others as well:
“I think a lot of people who don’t know the religion, it will be a good opportunity for them to be curious and search for more information,” said Rajan Zed, president of the Universal Society of Hinduism. “(The Lord Hanuman statue) would be a good educational tool.”
Give it time and more groups will petition the state for inclusion on Capitol grounds, too:
The Church of the Latter-Day Dude — inspired by the film “The Big Lebowski” — and the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster had inquired about space at the Oklahoma Capitol but haven’t yet petitioned Arkansas. They didn’t respond to requests for comment Tuesday.
Make it happen, non-Christians. If Christians want a place in the Arkansas capitol, they’re gonna have to share the space with groups offering alternatives.
(Thanks to Brian for the link)