Co-founder of Satanic temple says his group is “waging religious battles nation wide”

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SALEM, Mass. (AP) – The Satanic Temple is waging religious battles along a variety of fronts nationwide, and its co-founder says it’s just getting started.

The three-year-old organization is fighting to get a nearly 9-foot statue of the goat-headed idol Baphomet placed outside the Arkansas state capitol.

Members have also proposed “After School Satan” clubs in elementary schools from Oregon to Georgia.

And they’re pushing city councils from Massachusetts to California to allow Satanists to give the opening prayer at public meetings.

Satanic Temple co-founder Lucien Greaves says the temple hopes to ensure Satanists “have a place in the world.”

The Satanic Temple recently opened its international headquarters in Salem, a city north of Boston infamous for its 17th-century witch trials.

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