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story.lead_photo.caption Architect Gary Clements on Tuesday explains the extra protections that will be put in place for the new Ten Commandments monument when it is installed on the grounds of the state Capitol. Clements addressed a subcommittee of the Capitol Arts and Grounds Commission. - Photo by Staton Breidenthal

A second Ten Commandments monument is set to be installed in April on the grounds of the state Capitol after the initial stone tablet was toppled last year.

The latest version will be placed, with enhanced security measures, after the special legislative session, said Chris Powell, spokesman for the Arkansas secretary of state’s office.

Powell noted that while the monolith is ready, heavy equipment will be needed to hoist it into place, thus requiring a more “elaborate” and carefully planned installation.

Lawmakers will convene after the ongoing fiscal session to deal with two issues that they and Gov. Asa Hutchinson say are of immediate concern, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette previously reported.

A tentative installation is scheduled for early April, Powell said.

This time around, concrete security posts, each 3 feet tall, will be installed about 5 feet apart around the base of the Ten Commandments. Each weighs around 150 pounds.

Also part of the enhanced security measures is a treatment to prevent against graffiti.

The monument was spurred by state Sen. Jason Rapert, R-Bigelow, who sponsored a bill in 2015 to erect the monolith west of the state Capitol building.

In June, a driver rammed the stone tablet with a car less than 24 hours after it was installed.

Michael Tate Reed II, 32, of Van Buren has been declared unfit to stand trial in the toppling and has been committed indefinitely to the State Hospital, records show.

Funding for the monument's replacement came from private efforts, including the American History and Heritage Foundation as well as a $25,000 donation from the executive producers of the God’s Not Dead movie series.

Information for this article was contributed by Rachel Herzog of Arkansas Online.

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  • BibleBeltFreeThinker
    February 20, 2018 at 2:47 p.m.

    The need for concrete barriers and anti-graffiti treatments is a sure sign that this monolith is the true will of the people and certainly not forced down our throats by evangelical buffoons *eye roll*.
    Since it seems inevitable that no other religion's propaganda will be allowed on my state's capitol grounds, I'm sending thoughts and prayers that this obscenity is felled as quickly as the first one.

  • DoubleBlind
    February 20, 2018 at 3:43 p.m.

    Amen, BBFT! At the very least, my dogs are locked and loaded to pee it into oblivion.

  • mrcharles
    February 20, 2018 at 4:34 p.m.

    I yearn for the day that I can have my photo taken at this monument to goat herders.

    I will be refreshed and promise not to rape, pillage, beat children and other matters left off due to society just wouldn't work doing those things. But perhaps society could also survive if ILKS like the ark legislature didn't say we shou8ldnt make idols , which this monument is .

    Yes my thoughts and prayers and other things will be sent to protect it from harm. I will obtain numerous turtle doves and flamingos and in the honor of this fine fine idea, do proficiations and sacrifices and dances in the moonlight to honor the spring equinox coming up and of course , my favorite religious holiday , May Day.

    Is it legal to kill any amalakites if we find them .

    Just thought of something , can we still go to the streets of gold if we submit to the injunctions of JC about hating our family, which I guess includes hello mother, hello fathe, which will violate #5 ? No wonder i am a heathen, pagan and non stamp collector these thousands of one kind only deity systems stuff just makes no sense whatsoever.

    Is it illegal to put pigeon feed on the top of the monument?

    tonight I will not honor the festival of the weeks, but I will seethe a kid in his mothers milk, or korger carbmaster milk which I will call his mothers milk by incantations like turning crackers into wine.

  • wildblueyonder
    February 20, 2018 at 4:43 p.m.

    You liberals attempt to cram your gay "rights", Russian "collusion", gun "control", and all your other leftist agendas down our throats. You don't have to go see it so get over it.

    February 20, 2018 at 4:55 p.m.

    Why do they always use the phrase "shove down our throats?"


  • 23cal
    February 20, 2018 at 5:18 p.m.

    Hope their security efforts don't increase the cost of removing it after the state loses the coming lawsuit. Hope when the state loses its foredoomed case that Rapert, and not the taxpayers, is on the hook for the plaintiff's legal fees.

  • wildblueyonder
    February 20, 2018 at 5:37 p.m.

    "shove down our throats?" Can't read, can you, armnar?

  • WGT
    February 20, 2018 at 6:21 p.m.

    Sad. Godless Constitution, secular government, willfully ignorant politicians fleecing an equally ignorant constituency, for a carnival show. This is 2018- people have at their fingertips every resource to know science, technology, engineering and math, yet most are still willing to believe a demonstrably false collection of bizarre, over the top outlandish stories.

  • MaxCady
    February 20, 2018 at 7:27 p.m.

    If Michael needs a car whenever he gets out he can use mine!!

    February 20, 2018 at 7:41 p.m.



    Same question.