Man Destroys 10 Commandments Monument in Ark. Less Than 24 Hours After Installed

The new Ten Commandments monument outside the state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., is blocked off Wednesday morning, June 28, 2017, after someone crashed into it with a vehicle, less than 24 hours after the privately funded monument was installed on the Capitol grounds. Authorities arrested a male suspect. (AP Photo/Jill Zeman Bleed)

June 28, 2017

OAN Newsroom

Less than 24 hours after it was installed, the 10 Commandments monument at Arkansas’s capital was destroyed.

A man plowed his car into the granite statue Wednesday morning.

Shortly after the crash, police arrested the driver, 32-year-old Michael Reed, who recorded himself driving into the statue and posted it on Facebook.

Reed also uploaded a video detailing the reason why he crashed into the monument.

In the video he said he didn’t support the violation of constitutional rights, specifically the separation of church and state.

The monument was put up on Tuesday just two years after Arkansas approved a law allowing for its installation on state grounds.

The ACLU of Arkansas said it planned a lawsuit over the statue.

  • m444ss

    Arrested?

  • walcon

    And just how was that monument going to affect and harm his life? What threat was a slab of granite to his welfare?
    The man must be on drugs or a phsyco, at which, he is a danger to others and needs to be put away..

  • Rosicrucian32

    I have approached the freedom From Religion folks regarding their lack of vocal interaction on the intrusion of islam on schools and the attack of Christianity that they are very vocal about.
    Crickets………………still waiting………….
    As for the D-Bag in AR…………..God is always watching. We may not get to see the outcome but it will come, rest assured.

  • Betty Dawson

    This guy needs to be made an example of what happens when you commit these kinds of hate crimes. This guy is an idiot and should spend at least 10 years in prison or he should stay in prison until he makes enough license plates to pay to restore this monument to it’s original condition and display.

  • Ty

    Mr Reed should be confined to the homes of the people who said he was safe to release into society.

  • TexanForever

    Awww, cut the left some slack. … They’re into fe`e`e`lings. … This is good because it makes ’em feel good, except when they don’t get their way and turn into snowflakes. Under Common Cause they were studying sociology, sensitivity, and basket weaving while everybody else was working at physics, history, and math, you know, “the hard stuff.”

    And they vote, … often, … even after they’re dead.
    .

  • RURC

    Lets act like ISIS and kill that pile of crap.
    Oh wait that is not the way we handle these things stupid little people do. He needs to lose his driving privileges for ever and pay for all the replacement and all the money spent for every single penny spent on all aspects of his action.

    • Ty

      ISIS has nothing to do with justice or a civilized society.

      • RURC

        Oh my God are you sure? It’s called sarcasm Ty. Look it up.

        • Ty

          I admit, sometimes I don’t recognize sarcasm.

  • lietomeagain

    Do some religious or god practices deserve special attention? If so, how does the government decide? How do you decide? Which god or non-god practice should be the dominant one Christianity, Atheist, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Unitarian Universalism, Wicca/Paganism/Druidry?
    I am adamant that the government not favor any religion, and I view that monument as a governmental endorsement of a religion and a god.
    American citizens pride themselves on liberty of conscience, however, I realize it is impossible to have equal rights to act upon those ideas because those actions would invariably conflict with the goals or actions of others, which is why you should keep your god practice to yourself. I guess, as long as christians try to force their beliefs on others, others will force their non-beliefs on them, hence the violent destruction of people and property shall continue.

    • Edman

      Muslims are experts at the destruction of people and property. Ever hear of a suicide bomber or the rogue Muslim behind the wheel of a motor vehicle, or perhaps the knife wielding Muslim stabbing at innocent bystanders. Are we to Stalinize this nation by tearing down religious structures of all manner?

      • lietomeagain

        No, don’t put any of them up or allow all 300+ religions to erect religious structures on the state capital.

  • louigi

    Penalty=== Pay for the damage and restore the monument plus 1000 hours community service at a seminary!

  • FIND A CURE FOR LIBERALISM

    When the mentally immature hates, there is no reasoning whatsoever associated with it. It is just pure ugly hatred.

  • Andy

    Isn’t it good and right that the state avoids pushing one religion over others? The question is, why would a monument to an important and inspiring historical record be seen as supporting only one religion?

  • J. Waltam

    The monument should be reinstalled over at Slick Willie’s library.

  • MrReality

    The First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States reads: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”
    The last 6 words would be more reassuring if they were enforced. So separation of church and state refers to the government not mandating any specific religion. It does not refer to the government preventing people from pursuing it on their own. The statue, even though on government land, was people pursuing (including advocating) it on their own. To state that the separation of church and state prohibits that is factually incorrect.

  • disqus_nzTitq5wqD

    I was thinking he was either an Islamic or a democrat…

    • FIND A CURE FOR LIBERALISM

      Same thing, really.

  • Winston Smith 1984

    This is a angry man
    No God no peace
    Know God know peace

  • R A.

    Exorcism then execution to this cretin.
    Crucify him in the Public Square!

    • FIND A CURE FOR LIBERALISM

      Now THAT is a very Christian attitude!!! (not)

      He should be punished, but not unto death. What kind of heart do you have? Sounds like you aren’t any better than he is.

  • Pezgun

    An ignoramus. At least he didn’t claim to be Moses. He needs an education on the nature of freedom. Maybe he should lose it for a while.

  • Donna Casoni

    Absolutely correct Frank907.

  • maurinemwheatley

    Let him pay for replacement and have him there to set it up again…. Is he going to run down buildings in Washington D.C.???? and other bldgs around America….hey folks we are a God-respecting country…look at your money!!! for starters…”In God we Trust” amen……….and Amen….

  • JohnSebastian1

    More violence and destruction from the Left. Go figure.

    Someone should sue the hell out of the driver.

  • 84Cheetah

    The same guy supposedly destroyed another Ten Commandments monument in Oklahoma three years ago the same way.

  • SuperDuty

    Nutjob needs to be shot!

  • RedNekTex

    OMG, People discussing, quoting, analyzing the Constitution. How dangerous….

    • tedlv

      Especially when they totally miss the point in every way.

  • Older than most

    Stand him in front of a speeding car, and let him suffer the same fate! These young punks need and only understand street justice to make up for the ass whopping he probably never got as a child growing up!

    • tedlv

      You’re entirely too kind.

  • Jim Kendall

    Chipper for Mr. Reed

  • El_Tigre_Loco

    The phrase, “Separation of church and state.” Does NOT appear in the US Constitution.
    It DOES appear in the constitution of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.

    • MrReality

      “Separation of church and state” are Thomas Jefferson’s words. You can Gibiru (don’t Google) them. They refer to the First Amendment of the US Constitution. I rather doubt they are in the USSR “constitution” so I encourage you to back that statement up with specifics.

      • tedlv

        Mr. Jefferson did say that. The Constitution does not.

  • truthtester

    Judge Roy Moore for Governor, and I will pitch in to put those Ten Commandments back up. I once put them up on a Highway billboard. This poor demented guy needs an encounter with the Creator.
    Dan 12:10 … but the wicked will continue to be wicked. None of the wicked will understand…

  • Javanne

    There will STILL be a lawsuit, only Reed will be the defendant, not Arkansas.

  • 1KR

    I see the COEXIST crowd has struck again!

  • CT

    Send him to North Korea, after he works to rebuild the monument.

  • Clarence Ernest

    He should be executed.

  • godisgr8

    We are battling evil spirits today! Make no doubt about that! Shame on this man that did this! I hope they will be able to put up another monument of the 10 commandments. These lost and misguided are not going to win! God is still in control.

  • Phil M. Kelley

    The relevant language of the First Amendment is: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”

    • tedlv

      The 10th Amendment is also relevant. Paraphrase (I’m on my phone): any right not reserved by the Constitution is delegated to the States, or the people.

      • tedlv

        Clarification: whoever erected the statue did so under complete Constitutional protection.

    • David Bagdasarian

      But not to the extent of disallowing muslims “prayer breaks” at public schools with “prayer rooms” provided at your and my expense. Hypocritical? Yeah, I think so.

    • mkdavis

      Well said !

  • Tango Uniform

    Too bad we don’t have county prison farms now. This guy could spend 30 days making a new one.

    • tedlv

      I’d give him 30 years for the project.

  • RichInOrlando

    Mentally ill or not this guy is a danger to society and should not be walking free.

  • silverbackV

    I am speechless!

  • Herrnhut

    The writer of the book Hebrew said “For ye are not come unto the mount that might be touched, and that burned with fire, nor unto blackness, and darkness, and tempest, And the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words; which voice they that heard intreated that the word should not be spoken to them any more: (For they could not endure that which was commanded, ..” Now we have Jesus the Son of God why go back to words so fearful. In fact , Moses said I exceedingly fear and quake. You wonder why so much whirlwind and now even quakes in those nearby states with twenty some exact replica of the same.stone.

    • tedlv

      My nephew is a Methodist minister. He agrees with me that the old English used in the King James Bible quotes, like the ones you use, are off putting, rather than constructive.

      Speak modern English. You will reach more people.

      Jesus never said “thee”.

  • Politically Incorrect

    Do what the Isrealies do, drive a tank through this guy’s house.

    • valleystina

      You haven’t a clue about Israel… they even help and take care of their enemies. Check it out.

      • Fight4theRight

        You right, but when terrorist kills innocent people they do drive tank over his house which I fully support and wish brits would do the same to Manchester bomber.

  • Charlie

    in 2020!!!

  • Charlie

    How about a 10 year prison sentence for this malcontent and treble damages costs for replacement of the 10 Commandments Statue. Help Make Democrats More Tolerant! Vote Republican in 2018 And trump/pence

  • Joe Fogey

    “However, this is not Reed’s first arrest for destroying a monument to the 10 Commandments. He was caught three years ago after destroying a similar statue outside the courthouse in Oklahoma City, OK.

    Reed’s mother at the time said that her son is a devout Christian who has struggled with mental health issues. He was a student at Victory Bible College in Tulsa at the time of the first incident, which Reed’s family described as a psychotic break.” Raw Story.

  • giovanni dellepiane

    But American Jews vote for the Left parties that will destroy them

    • Fight4theRight

      kind of 50:50 which still doesn’t make sense.

  • Marc S.

    So many POSs have been created in the past few decades in the US.

    • David Bagdasarian

      Primarily by our socialist liberal instructors we have allowed to take over in our “educational” system today more correctly characterized and reeducation camps for new libertards.

  • FromThe70s

    Thank a sociology professor for this kind of crap.

    • David Bagdasarian

      Hell, it’s not just the sociology professors, IT IS ALL OF THEM!

  • granddad1

    As a part of his punishment he should be required to replace the monument at his expense and be required to maintain the area and clean the monument monthly for the next 20 years.

    • WHMay

      I want as part of his probation that he recite the commandments at that location once daily in English AND Hebrew.

      • Don Larson

        I also think he should pay for a new one.

        • Ray

          Make it cost him tens times what original one cost.

      • Ray

        Amen

    • Ray

      I agree . make him replace and clean it daily. Make him for 8 hours a day recite the commandants and say how stupid it was for him to go against something so honorable as this. God forgive him, I know I would not want to stand before our Lord on Judgement day with that on my conscious.

  • 210’s

    If the MSM wasn’t so intent on smearing Christians and painting them as evil ie: Anti abortion, anti gay marriage and stem cell research etc then people wouldn’t feel the need to do things like this.

  • 1TrueOkie

    An uneducated Marxist stooge runs into Ten Commandments Statue, because he was never taught the correct history of separation of church and state. Longer title but much more accurate. This is what freedom loving Americans are up against.

  • slippyjippy

    This just proves that deranged liberals are everywhere, not just on the left coast and the north east.

  • Visualverbs

    When tyranny is kicking in your door at 3:00am, it won’t be a believer in the Ten Commandments doing the kicking – it WILL be a loathsome example of liberal fascist pond scum like this who destroys other people’s property and calls it “taking action”. Scum.

    • Visualverbs

      So…reading a little further on another news service – this guy is clearly mentally impaired. He is not your run-of-the-mill liberal snowflake – he has serious mental issues. I commented in haste, due to an emotional reaction to the story.

      I do, however, stand by my assessment of tyranny and just who’ll be kicking in your door in the wee morning hours…

      • Punk Rock Patriot

        How do you tell the difference between your run of the mill snowflake and a serious lunatic? Honestly, it’s been really hard to tell the difference between the two lately.

        • FreedomFighter

          There really is no difference.

        • My Head

          If he watches CNN he’s a snowflake. If he believes CNN he’s a lunatic.

          • valleystina

            Lol, I’m definitely going to remember that one.

          • Punk Rock Patriot

            Lol! That’s good!

        • Joseph Zach

          “lately” ? are you serious?

      • Tango Uniform

        In that case, too bad the ACLU fought to close the looney hospitals.

    • Ray

      A true Scumbag to destroy something so Special.

  • Perro Viejo

    Lock him up. Prosecute, no deals. Vandalism is vandalism.

    • R A.

      And the ACLU will be right there to defend the atheist commie.

  • frank907

    There is no separation of church and state. The first amendment prohibits congress passing laws supporting a state religion (as in the Church of England). It also prohibits congress from passing laws inhibiting the free practice of religious faith. There is no Constitutional limit on where or how faith is practiced, in locations public or private.

    • Perro Viejo

      Absolutely correct sir. American citizens are guaranteed the freedom OF religion, not the freedom FROM religion. Every citizen has the right to worship their creator in the way that they choose. Nothing further. This is pure vandalism.

      • mkdavis

        Not only is it vandalism but more importantly it’s a direct attack on our 1st amendment rights and the twisting of that 1st amendment right by atheist such as Michael Newdow and the ACLU. I find it insane for someone to get upset about God, who they say doesn’t exist.

        • dbMurrDog1568

          lol good point…the logic just doesn’t add up.

      • Spud51

        Actually, we are guaranteed a choice, either of, or from religion; what you imply is that we must belong to a religion, when that is not what the Constitution states.!!!

        • Pat Dunn

          stupid analysis…reading what you think it means into Constitution…

        • Tango Uniform

          Go back to school and learn your prepositions.

      • lietomeagain

        There are 320 million gods and 300+ religions in the US. I suggest we erect 320 million statues of the gods and 300+ monuments on the state capital. Whatever church put up that stupid monument should be charged for disturbing the peace and be held accountable.

    • Punk Rock Patriot

      The Far Left have a far out interpretation of our Constitution

      • LucaBrasi

        Yes, where The Constitution says all citizens have a right to life, Liberals interpret that as meaning a right to kill.

        • tedlv

          Where does the Constitution say that?

          • LucaBrasi

            Constitution:

            Amendment 5
            Protection of Rights to Life, Liberty, and Property
            No person shall be held to answer for a capital or otherwise infamous crime unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use without just compensation.

            Declaration of Independence:

            Jefferson’s “original Rough draught” is on exhibit in the Library of Congress. This version was used by Julian Boyd to create a transcript of Jefferson’s draft, which reads:

            We hold these truths to be sacred & undeniable; that all men are
            created equal & independent, that from that equal creation they
            derive rights inherent & inalienable, among which are the
            preservation of life, & liberty, & the pursuit of happiness; …

            The Committee of Five edited Jefferson’s draft. Their version survived further edits by the whole Congress intact, and reads:[6]

            We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal,
            that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,
            that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. ——

          • LucaBrasi

            US Constitution:

            Amendment 5
            Protection of Rights to Life, Liberty, and Property
            No
            person shall be held to answer for a capital or otherwise infamous
            crime unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in
            cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in
            actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be
            subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or
            limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness
            against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property without
            due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use
            without just compensation.

            Declaration of Independence:

            Jefferson’s
            “original Rough draught” is on exhibit in the Library of Congress. This
            version was used by Julian Boyd to create a transcript of Jefferson’s
            draft, which reads:

            We hold these truths to be sacred & undeniable; that all men are
            created equal & independent, that from that equal creation they
            derive rights inherent & inalienable, among which are the
            preservation of life, & liberty, & the pursuit of happiness; …

            The Committee of Five edited Jefferson’s draft. Their version survived further edits by the whole Congress intact, and reads:[6]

            We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal,
            that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,
            that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. ——

          • lietomeagain

            To be faith driven is one thing, but to be faith driven and to try to impose that on others. On those who don’t share your faith. That is the beginning of a theocracy.

          • Punk Rock Patriot

            You mean like muslims? Because they are the only ones doing that today.

          • David Bagdasarian

            I was going to say try “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness” but with further research it comes from the Declaration of Independence,

            “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness”

            This phrase is commonly attributed to the Constitution, but it comes from
            the Declaration of Independence. The 5th Amendment does offer protections to our “life, liberty, or property,” noting we cannot be deprived of any of them without due
            process of law.

          • tedlv

            Correct.

          • TexanForever

            So it’s in BOTH the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. … Pretty solid.

          • Punk Rock Patriot

            Seriously???

      • steve florida

        “The Far Left have a far out interpretation…”
        They dont even have that, its not any sort of interpretation at all, their view is a distortion.

    • HarryObrian

      Not many of the robots, like this guy who crashed his car, will ever understand the realities.

    • Ed McGarvey

      There is no Constitutional law not Bill of Rights that says separation of Church and State.
      Jefferson was echoing the language of the founder of the first Baptist church in America, Roger Williams who had written in 1644, “ ” hedge or wall of separation between the garden of the church and the wilderness of the world.” ” Article Six of the United States Constitution also specifies that “no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office … Stop with the false crap already

      • David Bagdasarian

        Concur, The Separation Of Church and State The phrase “separation of church and state” does not appear anywhere in the
        Constitution. Thomas Jefferson wrote that the 1st
        Amendment erected a “wall of separation” between
        the church and the state (James Madison said it “drew a line,” but it is
        Jefferson’s term that sticks with us today). The phrase is commonly thought to
        mean that the government should not establish, support, or otherwise involve
        itself in any religion.

        • Bill

          The government is not to pass laws establishing a religion, and not pass any prohibiting the free expression thereof. It does not say can’t support as in a monument, prayer at government activities or funding school vouchers to private schools.

    • Phil M. Kelley

      The phrase, “a wall of separation between church and State,” originally came from Thomas Jefferson’s correspondence and crept into the law by way of SCOTUS quoting that correspondence in the 1947 case of Everson v. Board of Education.

      • Bill

        It was a private letter to somebody concerned about how the Anglican church in England is state-supported snd the King/Queen heads the church.

    • David Bearden

      Thank you!
      But even though you explained it, they’ll say this kind of crap again….

    • mkdavis

      Well said and 100% correct .

    • lietomeagain

      Separation of church and state is not the issue. Don’t erect any religious structures or allow all 300+ religions in America to erect their religious structures on the state capital.