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AZ Senate committee passes bill prohibiting Satanic displays on public property

By Greg Hahne
Howard Fischer/Capitol Media Services
Published: Thursday, February 8, 2024 - 2:38pm
Updated: Thursday, February 8, 2024 - 2:39pm

A bill that outlaws satanic displays on public property is headed to the full Senate. 

The Satanic Temple is recognized as a religion by the IRS and is entitled to the same charitable status as other religions. 

In a Senate committee hearing on Wednesday, a member of the public argued the bill violates her First Amendment rights. Republican Sen. Jake Hoffman said blocking these displays does not do that. 

"It says that satanic memorials, statues, altars or displays or any other method of representing or honoring Satan may not be displayed on public property. So it doesn’t infringe your First Amendment at all," Hoffman said.

There is a display of the Ten Commandments in the state-owned Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza, across from the Capitol.