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Vandalist Or Protector Of Free Speech: Man Takes Out Another State Capital Monument

Vandalist Or Protector Of Free Speech: Man Takes Out Another State Capital Monument

In Little Rock,Arkansas, a man yelled “Freedom!,” as he crashed his vehicle into a new Ten Commandments monument early Wednesday. This was almost three years after he was arrested in the destruction of Oklahoma’s monument at its state Capitol. The Arkansas monument had been privately funded and placed outside the state Capitol in Little Rock for just 24 hours before it was demolished.
Michael Tate Reed, 32, of Van Buren, Arkansas, was booked in the Pulaski County jail shortly after driving into the monument. He is facing preliminary charges of defacing objects of public interest, criminal trespass and first degree criminal mischief. It is not known whether he has an attorney to speak on his behalf and a video arraignment is set for Thursday morning according to a Pulaski County sheriff’s spokesperson.
Apparently, Reed posted a Facebook Live video of the crime on his account. In the video, you can see in the dark sky the dome of the Arkansas Capitol. You can hear a female voice, most likely from the radio, say “Where do you go when you’re faced with adversity and trials and challenges?” Then you hear the driver saying, “Oh my goodness. Freedom!” The car then accelerates and you can hear the car crash into the monument. The monument weighed 6,000 pounds
The state lawmaker who pushed for the monument, Republican Senator Jason Rapert, said, “Obviously, I’m very disappointed that someone would carry out an act of violence that’s actually against the people of Arkansas. You have to understand that this is someone who on a premeditated basis came to carry out an act of violence against the state.” The senator vowed to quickly raise funds for the monument’s replacement.
The monument faced other challenges. The American Civil Liberties Union had said Tuesday that it planned to file a federal lawsuit challenging the monument, calling it an unconstitutional endorsement of religion. And when the monument was erected there was a push by a Satanic Temple for a competing statue of Baphomet, a goat headed, angel-winged creature accompanied by two children smiling at it. The Temple’s efforts had been blocked by a law enacted this year requiring legislative approval. They also have threatened a lawsuit over the Ten Commandments monument.

Credit: Review Journal


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