(Arkansas Times) — The Satanic Temple has been allowed to enter the lawsuit challenging the 10 Commandments monument at the state Capitol on the ground that refusal of its request to install a Baphomet monument was a violation of their constitutional equal protection right.
The Freedom from Religion Foundation and the ACLU had previously sued over the commandments tablet, a project instigated by Sen. Jason Rapert.
Federal Judge Kristine Baker granted the request to intervene by the Satanic Temple and two of its representatives, Douglas Misciko and Erika Robbins. She dismissed an earlier intervention motion and gave them a week to amend their motion. Secretary of State Mark Martin had been fighting the intervention. Baker said the intervenors had met the standard for standing to participate.
She said the Satanic Temple had demonstrated an injury—making it more difficult for a member of one group to obtain a benefit than members of another group.