Arkansas to install Ten Commandments monument after original destroyed

Arkansas to install Ten Commandments monument after original destroyed
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A 6-foot stone adorned with the Ten Commandments will be re-installed on the grounds of the Arkansas state capitol after the original one was destroyed last month.

The installation will be ready in two months, according to Arkansas state Sen. James Rapert (R), who sponsored legislation to get the stone installed.

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Rapert said at a news conference the old and new monuments will be identical "right down to the granite that was used.”

Michael Tate Reed drove his car into the original Ten Commandments monument at the state capitol less than a day after it was installed last month.

However, since the monument was destroyed, $55,000 in private donations has been raised according to Rapert, including a $25,000 gift from an independent Christian film studio.

Rapert’s original 2015 push for the monument kicked off a debate over religious symbols on government property.

The Arkansas state legislature passed Rapert’s sponsored legislation that laid the groundwork for the monument, in 2015.

The ACLU said it planned a lawsuit over the monument after it was constructed.

The American Heritage and History Foundation, which was founded by Rapert, funded the monument.