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AZ Senate committee passes bill prohibiting Satanic displays on public property

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. 

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Greg Hahne started as a news intern at KJZZ in 2020 and returned as a field correspondent in 2021. He learned his love for radio by joining Arizona State University's Blaze Radio, where he worked on the production team.