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story.lead_photo.caption In this June 28 file photo, a Ten Commandments monument outside the state Capitol in Little Rock is blocked off after Michael Tate Reed crashed into it with a vehicle, less than 24 hours after the privately funded monument was installed on the Capitol grounds. A Pulaski County judge on Thursday found Reed unfit to proceed and ordered him to be held by the state hospital for further evaluation. Judge Chris Piazza set a September 2018 hearing on Reed's mental status. (AP Photo/Jill Zeman Bleed, File)

The second version of a Ten Commandments monument at the Arkansas Capitol is expected to go up next week, nearly 10 months after the first was destroyed.

Sen. Jason Rapert, R-Bigelow, announced the plans on an online fundraising page Wednesday night. Chris Powell, a spokesman for Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin, confirmed the installation is set for April 26.

"We are happy to have made this all possible for the citizens of Arkansas as they honor one of the historical and moral foundations of American law — the Ten Commandments," Rapert wrote.

The original version was rammed with a car less than 24 hours after it debuted in June.

The accused driver, Michael Tate Reed II of Van Buren, was declared unfit to stand trial in November and committed to the State Hospital.

Less than two weeks after the first monument was smashed, the American History and Heritage Foundation, which Rapert created, had raised roughly $55,000 in donations toward a new one. Funds had surpassed $85,000 by Thursday afternoon.

The new monument will be flanked by four concrete bollards to prevent it from meeting that same fate as the first.

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Archived Comments

  • kt2235
    April 19, 2018 at 3:20 p.m.

    Speak for yourself, Rapert, because you sure as hell don't speak for me. I am a citizen of this state and I don't think putting a religious monument on Capitol grounds is appropriate. Furthermore, I find your pronouncement lumping all Arkansas citizens into the same religious basket offensive. We haven't all drunk your evangelical Kool-aid.

  • nrb
    April 19, 2018 at 4:43 p.m.

    kt I agree, can not stand for some one to speak for me. Does he follow the 10 commandments? One is about idols...could this be considered a idol?

  • Ngallendou
    April 19, 2018 at 4:47 p.m.

    Those were the Ten Commandments that Yahweh revealed to Moses. Jesus said, 'If you love me, you will obey my commandments." So, if you want to be some kind of Christian, then you better learn Jesus' commandments. Can you cite even one of them?

  • ARMNAR
    April 19, 2018 at 5:41 p.m.

    Rapert is a Talibangelical terrorist.

  • MaxCady
    April 19, 2018 at 6:15 p.m.

    When is Michael getting out?? I've got a car he can borrow.

  • NoUserName
    April 19, 2018 at 6:50 p.m.

    The state should charge a rental fee for the space.

  • Morebeer
    April 19, 2018 at 9:59 p.m.

    Thou shall not commit idolatry.

  • BEARTRAP919
    April 19, 2018 at 10:22 p.m.

    There Were Originally 15 commandments on 3 different stone tablets, On his way down the Mountain Moses Stumbled and dropped one of the Tablets, Therefore Moses Proclaimed here are the 10 COMMANDMENTS that God gave to me, To pass along to You. Many of these Commandments have been destroyed since that date, and Now Jasom Rasputin is bringing a New set out for all the People of the State to see, These Commandments must be Obeyed Forthwith, Praise Jesus

  • GeneralMac
    April 20, 2018 at 9:19 a.m.

    If that guy who destroyed them wasn't a nut, he could proclaim himself a " brave activist" and the University of Arkansas would pay him $20,000 to speak before 60 naive students.

  • TimberTopper
    April 20, 2018 at 9:22 a.m.

    Unless the state is willing to give an equal amount of ground to any religion wishing to place a marker on these state grounds, then it has made this religion the official religion of the State of Arkansas. The founders of our country were dead set against this type of action.

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