A 3-ton monument displaying the Ten Commandments was destroyed hours after being installed at Arkansas’ State Capitol Wednesday, smashed by Michael T. Reed at the wheel of a 2016 Dodge Dart. Reed, 32, was arrested and charged with “defacing an object of public respect.”
Reed, evidently a vigorous supporter of the first amendment of the U.S. Constitution’s implicit prohibition of state religion, posted vertical video of his manuever to Facebook under the caption “Freedom”.
Reed was arrested in 2014 for driving a car into the Ten Commandments monument at Oklahoma’s state Capitol, Oklahoma County Sheriff’s spokesman Mark Opgrande told The Associated Press. He was admitted to a hospital the next day for mental treatment and was not formally charged, the AP reports. In the 2014 incident, The Oklahoman reported that the U.S. Secret Service interviewed Reed and that he told agents that he has bipolar disorder and that Satan had directed him to destroy the monument.
The ACLU had planned to sue to get the monument removed. Arkansas’s plainly sectarian government plans to rebuilt it, presumably surrounded by concrete pilings.
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