Lawmaker: Roman goddess statue shouldn’t return to Capitol

  • In this Nov. 15, 2018 photo, a statue of Ceres, the Roman goddess of agriculture, is lowered from the top of the Missouri Capitol in Jefferson City, Mo. State Rep. Mike Moon, an Ash Grove Republican, is asking Gov. Mike Parson to intervene and prevent the state from reinstalling the stature, claiming it represents a “false god.” The statue was installed on the Capitol dome in 1924 and was taken down in November of last year as part of a $50 million project to renovate the Capitol’s exterior. It is scheduled to be returned to the Capitol on Monday. (Jack Suntrup/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A Missouri lawmaker has asked Gov. Mike Parson to prevent the state from reinstalling a statue of a Roman goddess on the dome of the state Capitol, saying a statue of Jesus could be disputed so a pagan idol should not be allowed.