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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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  • condoleezza
    April 20, 2018 at 9:23 a.m.

    As a non-Christian, taxpaying citizen, it is stunts like this that cause me to feel alienated from my local government.

  • 3WorldState1
    April 20, 2018 at 11 a.m.

    "...Arkansas as they honor one of the historical and moral foundations of American law."
    Found this.
    "American law is based upon the English Common Law. Thomas Jefferson studied the subject and concluded that the Common Law existed before Christianity arrived in England.

    Jefferson said: “But Christianity was not introduced till the seventh century; the conversion of the first Christian king of the Heptarchy having taken place about the year 598, and that of the last about 686. Here, then, was a space of two hundred years, during which the common law was in existence, and Christianity no part of it…

    “(T)he common law existed while the Anglo-Saxons were yet Pagans, at a time when they had never yet heard the name of Christ pronounced, or knew that such a character had ever existed.”

    Maybe we should put a Pagan symbol up?

  • RBear
    April 20, 2018 at 11:49 a.m.

    3WS yes, there is a lot of misconception of the role religion played in our country's founding. Granted, several of the founders were religious but many of those were deists.
    From britannica(dot)com, "Although no examination of history can capture the inner faith of any person, these four indicators can help locate the Founders on the religious spectrum. Ethan Allen, for example, appears clearly to have been a non-Christian Deist. James Monroe, a close friend of Paine, remained officially an Episcopalian but may have stood closer to non-Christian Deism than to Christian Deism. Founders who fall into the category of Christian Deists include Washington (whose dedication to Christianity was clear in his own mind), John Adams, and, with some qualifications, Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson was more influenced by the reason-centred Enlightenment than either Adams or Washington. Orthodox Christians among the Founders include the staunchly Calvinistic Samuel Adams. John Jay (who served as president of the American Bible Society), Elias Boudinot (who wrote a book on the imminent Second Coming of Jesus), and Patrick Henry (who distributed religious tracts while riding circuit as a lawyer) clearly believed in Evangelical Christianity."

  • pkj01
    April 20, 2018 at 1:39 p.m.

    I wish they would just hurry on up and put that monument up there for all to see! I'm ready for all this sinning' to come to a complete halt! Oh wait, you mean that's not gonna happen?

  • mrcharles
    April 20, 2018 at 2:31 p.m.

    rbear, I appreciate your comments. I would like to add what hobby lobby does each year around the pagan based celebrations by buying full page ads to cherry pick from our founding fathers and stating HOW AMERICA WAS AND IS[ I would like to submit for consideration that Mr. Jefferson commented that he was not really for binding future generations to the ideas/laws/thoughts etc of a passed generation – which may mean, “ So what! …..What did the founding fathers think!” ]
    Everyone knows about the Treaty of Tripoli [ 35 to zilch, signed by John Adams] so the less than full believers has that Ace in the whole to place out on the table of truth. Yet I would like to add to the times involved, where even enlightened men such as Ben Franklin [ google his statements on selling lighting rods and his thoughts to the one who knows whether you need one or not] and Thomas Jefferson and others had to be some what careful in their thoughts. While the church was not so strong as to arrest and burn in public places heretics of the time, still the climate was kinda like today….. try to run for a public office questioning what Europeans and other ILKS had been killing each other for years as to the Orthodox belief that everyone should know in their heart, but with the love of the prince of peace would kill you and your family for beliefs in error.. they say an evil muslim could get elected before an atheist in merica.

    Thomas Paine who regarded religion as an insult to the deity, and he and Mr. Jefferson thought the majesty of the natural order implied an ordering force. Washington had a Deistic belief in Providence, like the great spirit of the native Americans.

    Most of the leading Founders came from conservative religious traditions , Congregational and Episcopalian ,where rationality was highly prized and emotional faith was not. In America, the Enlightenment met the Awakening. To the annoyance of several aging Founders, Awakening proved more influential as America grew. if the Founders wanted a Christian state they could have done it as they were writing the rules. They could have put God in the rules or founding documents but the deist in them won out, hence no war over theological differences like Europe. And ewe divines dont try to say creator is the same as god, as god is only 3 letters and of course there is only one real definition of god, so smart men wouldnt have made that mistake if they wanted to use god.

  • srilaura
    April 20, 2018 at 4:50 p.m.

    “The new monument will be flanked by four concrete bollards to prevent it from meeting that same fate as the first.”
    Can’t god protect it if he wants to?

  • RBear
    April 20, 2018 at 7:09 p.m.

    So here's a thought. I don't so much mind the Ten Commandments on the Capitol grounds provided those that support it also support inclusivity in the state. In their minds, accepting LGBT individuals as having equal rights seems to violate their "Christian" principles. They see things like same-sex marriage, non-discrimination ordinances that protect the rights of LGBT individuals from prejudice, even allowing same-sex couples the right to adopt as an affront to their religious beliefs and seek to oppress others.
    Here's the deal. If Arkansas wants to be viewed as business-friendly, some folks are going to have to learn to accept others. Today, the Washington Post ran an article about how Amazon has put LGBT friendly as a priority in their selection of a site for HQ2. That selection will contribute $17 billion a year in economic activity and $7 billion in annual wages.
    So, when a state shows animosity to LGBT individuals it only serves to hurt the state economically. In other words, unless Rapert backs his little stone icons with acts of inclusivity of others including LGBT folks, he's sending a message to businesses worldwide to go elsewhere. Arkansas is full of religious bigots.