A day after a Ten Commandments monument was installed on the grounds of the Arkansas state Capitol, Michael Tate Reed rammed his vehicle into the marble structure, toppling it and capturing the violent scene on Facebook Live. This is the second time Reed has attacked Ten Commandments monuments; the first time was in 2014 in Oklahoma.
Social commentator Dr. Michael Brown suggests that this act of violence is representative of the “attitude of tens of millions of Americans. This is not simply a decreased interest in the Bible and the God of the Bible. This is outright rebellion.”
The Arkansas Ten Commandments monument cost $26,000 and state Sen. Jason Rapert, the senator who sponsored the bill to erect the monument, assures the public that the monument will be rebuilt. Says Rapert, “Are we going to maintain our civility with each other, or are we going to let these groups that carry out hatred and violent acts intimidate us into submission? I say no.”
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