Man jailed after Arkansas' monument is destroyed

Ten Commandments monument installed at Arkansas Capitol

Ten Commandments monument installed at Arkansas Capitol

Act S1231 is a law, sponsored by Rapert, which required the monument be built somewhere on Capitol grounds.

Arkansas installed a Ten Commandments monument on the state's Capitol grounds on Tuesday, and a civil liberties group pledged a court challenge, saying it showed an unconstitutional government preference for a certain religion.

Perhaps authorities in Little Rock, AR should include an 11th Commandment, "Thou shall not ram" after a 32-year-old man plowed his vehicle into a monument to the 10 Commandments from the Old Testament of the Christian Bible.

"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 man who allegedly destroyed the new Ten Commandments monument at the Arkansas Capitol was accused in 2014 of destroying a similar statue at the Oklahoma Capitol. Rapert says he is on the foundation's board and that he makes no money from it. The legislation says the Ten Commandments are "an important component of the moral foundation of the laws and legal system of the United States of America and of the State of Arkansas". Critics call the practice a violation of the First Amendment's Establishment Clause, which makes it illegal for USA governments to endorse any religion or establish that any faith in pre-eminent over others in the eyes of the state.

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"He was videoing it on his cellphone as he accelerated into the monument", Powell said. "It's very sad in this day and time", he says. "But it's not the right thing to do". The Oklahoma Supreme Court ordered the removal of a Ten Commandments display from that state's Capitol in 2015, and the state's voters previous year rejected an initiative aimed at allowing the monument to return.

Jason Rapert introduced legislation to have the biblical laws displayed on the grounds of the Arkansas State Capitol. "The Court sees a huge difference between the two, and so do we".

Reed's family insisted that crashing into the Ten Commandments monument was not a religious or political statement, but rather a result of a mental health issue.

"It does what it sets out to do, which is to get people from other religions to feel unwanted and unequal".

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