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Man destroys new Ten Commandments statue at Arkansas Capitol

Man destroys new Ten Commandments statue at Arkansas Capitol

Three years ago, a Ten Commandments monument at Oklahoma's Capitol was smashed in a similar way after a driver crashed his vehicle into it.

The Arkansas arrest report said an officer around 4:45 a.m. spotted a dark-colored vehicle "start from a stopped position and ram the Ten Commandments monument". The monument was built with private funds from the Heritage Foundation and Rapert said he doesn't expect any problems raising the additional funds needed for its replacement.

"We have a attractive Capitol grounds but we did not have a monument that actually honored the historical, moral foundation of law", Republican Sen.

According to Arkansas Online, Michael Tate Reed was arrested after he smashed into the monument, destroying it, less than 24 hours after the controversial statue was erected.

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

Arkansas authorities said he was taken to a hospital after the Arkansas monument was destroyed early Wednesday morning.

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The court distinguishes between longstanding, historically significant buildings, she says, "that have had religious monuments or symbols for decades and decades, which is the case in Texas, and erecting a completely new religiously divisive monument [like that at] the Arkansas State Capitol". That driver was also identified as Michael T. Reed of Van Buren, Ark.

A 32-year-old man has been booked in the Pulaski County jail in connection with the destruction of a newly installed Ten Commandments monument outside Arkansas' State Capitol. He was caught three years ago after destroying a similar statue outside the courthouse in Oklahoma City, OK.

"If they put it up, they're going to signal to people who don't subscribe to that particular version of the commandments and non-believers they are second-class citizens and we will file suit", Holly Dickson, the ACLU's legal director, told U.S. News and World Report when the monument was approved in May.

The state Supreme Court of Oklahoma ordered the removal of a Ten Commandments monument in Oklahoma in 2015 on the grounds that it violated a provision in the state constitution prohibiting use of state property to further religions. The suspect's name and motive haven't been released.

The stone monument fell to the ground and broke into multiple pieces.