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Satanic Temple to reopen international headquarters in Salem

A one-ton, 7-foot bronze statue of Baphomet -- a goat-headed winged deity that has been associated with satanism and the occult -- is displayed by the Satanic Temple in Salem in 2016.
A one-ton, 7-foot bronze statue of Baphomet -- a goat-headed winged deity that has been associated with satanism and the occult -- is displayed by the Satanic Temple in Salem in 2016.REUTERS/Ted Siefer

SALEM — The Satanic Temple is reopening its international headquarters in Salem in time for the Halloween season.

The 6-year-old religious organization said Monday’s event comes after the building that first opened in 2016 underwent extensive renovations.

The building currently houses a more than 8-foot-tall bronze statue of the goat-headed idol Baphomet that the organization tried to get placed on the Arkansas state capitol grounds in Little Rock.

It’s also home to a permanent exhibit on the history of Satanism as well as a satanic sculpture that was to be installed in a park in Belle Plaine, Minn., before city officials rescinded its approval.

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The organization has been waging religious expression battles across the country in recent years.

Salem is a city north of Boston infamous for its 17th-century witch trials.