• Ten Commandments monument destroyed in less than 24 hours after installation

    By: Natalie Dreier, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

    Updated:

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - A two year battle came to an end in Little Rock, Arkansas, on Tuesday, but the controversy over a monument to the Ten Commandments has not.

    In less than 24 hours after the installation of the monument, someone destroyed the display by knocking it down, breaking chunks of granite off, KARK reported.

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    The Ten Commandments were unveiled after state Sen. Jason Rapert introduced legislation to have the biblical laws displayed on the grounds of the Arkansas State Capitol.

    It measured 6 feet tall and stood near a walkway between the capitol building and the state’s Supreme court, The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported.

    It was paid for by private donations totaling more than $26,000.

    The bill, the Arkansas Ten Commandments Monument Act 1231, was passed in April, 2015, despite opposition that has continued until this year.

    The American Civil Liberties Union said they plan to file a lawsuit to get the monument taken down.

    The Satanic Temple also plans on filing a lawsuit.

    Gov. Mike Huckabee took to Twitter for some harsh words for whoever knocked down the monument.

    KTHV is reporting that Michael Reed has been arrested for destroying the monument.

    A 6-foot-tall privately funded Ten Commandments monument is seen on the Arkansas Capitol grounds June 27, 2017, in Little Rock after it was installed by workers two years after lawmakers approved a measure allowing the statue on state property.
    AP Photo/Jill Zeman Bleed

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