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‘Jesus freak’ destroys another 10 Commandment monument

‘Jesus freak’ destroys another 10 Commandment monument

Michael Tate Reed, above, the man accused of ramming a car into the newly erected Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the Arkansas state Capitol earlier today (Wednesday) posted a video to his Facebook page, saying he was doing it because it was a violation of the separation of church and state.

Reed, 32, describes himself as:

A born again Christian whos (sic) a pentacostal Jesus Freak.

He streamed to Facebook Live the moment he drove his 2016 Dodge Dart over the statehouse lawn and crashed into the monument.

One of his Facebook supporters, Elizabeth Horton, commented:

Thank you for saving the taxpayers of Arkansas all the $ they would have wasted trying to fight to have this illegally placed monument erected on public land. The years of legislative time that would have been wasted trying to keep this at the capitol can now be spent on matters that actually affect Arkansas. It was a clear violation of our state constitution.

According to this CNN report, the Arkansas Secretary of State’s office confirmed to CNN the video shows Reed driving into the monument.

As music plays inside the car, the headlights illuminate the grass and then the large stone slab –which was erected yesterday afternoon – with the statehouse lit in the background. The vehicle speeds toward the monument and crashes into it, and the video stops.

The 6-foot tall stone monument was knocked off of its base and broke into at least three sections, with some of the pieces crumbling.

Reed was immediately arrested by Capitol police, according to Chris Powell, a spokesman for the Arkansas Secretary of State.

He faces charges of defacing an object of public interest, criminal mischief in the first degree and criminal trespass, the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office said.

The smashed monument in Arkansas and (inset) the one Reed destroyed earlier

Reed was arrested after a similar event in 2014. Oklahoma County Sheriff spokesman Mark Opgrande said. Oklahoma Highway Patrol officers assigned to the state capitol on October 24, 2014, arrested him in connection with an incident where he allegedly ran over a Ten Commandments statue on capitol grounds.

News reports from the time indicated Reed then lived in Roland, Oklahoma, near the border with Arkansas.

According to the BBC he was diagnosed with a schizo-affective disorder (a mental health condition) after that incident but was released from hospital in January 2015 as part of an agreement with the Oklahoma County district attorney’s office in which he pledged to continue receiving treatment and therapy.

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee joked in a tweet that an “idiot” had broken all Ten Commandments at the same time.

The monument was dedicated following two years of controversy and debate. It was originally authorised in 2015 in the Ten Commandments Monument Display Act, which defined the religious laws as:

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.

But not everyone was pleased about the monument. LeeWood Thomas of the Arkansas Society of Freethinkers said:

I’m appalled that they’ve actually gone through with it. To see elected government officials go through with the erection of a religious monument on our Capitol lawn is appalling.

The Ten Commandments Monument Display Act cites a 2005 Supreme Court decision from Texas that Ten Commandments monuments on state grounds were not a violation of the First Amendment.

The secretary of state’s office set up a hotline for comments on the display, with 142 for the monument and 65 against it.

Reed says he’s started a crowdfunding campaign.

I need a new car now.

Hat tip: Trevor Blake and Matthew Carr.

11 responses to “‘Jesus freak’ destroys another 10 Commandment monument”

  1. Vanity Unfair says:

    If the validation of the Ten Commandments (and we must remember that there are two sets of ten commandments and they are different) is that they 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.
    then there should also be monuments to the Magna Carta and the Bill of Rights (1688/89) for the same reason. Then there would be the whole of the English Common Law on similar monuments. I would argue that the Institutes of Justinian also deserve memorialising as does the French Constitution of 1795 which, though influenced by the US constitution, in turn also influenced its model. For the same reason, the UN constitution and conventions on human rights should be included. Then there should be space found for Paine on the Rights of Man and Wollstonecraft on the Rights of Woman. I should also like to see the Code of Hammurabi as that, although unknown at the time of the Foundation of the USA (if I am wrong, please correct), was an obvious influence on the writers of the (various) ten commandments and much of OT law.
    By the way, how big are the grounds in question?

  2. Trevor Blake says:

    It is unclear which ten commandments were used in this monument. It is also unclear which ten commandments are to be followed by believers.

    http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Ten_Commandments

  3. 1859 says:

    I’m somewhat confused, if this guy is –
    ‘A born again Christian whos (sic) a pentacostal Jesus Freak’
    – why is he doing what he’s doing? I just can’t see the logic in his actions. But maybe Jesus Freaks don’t do logic.

  4. Bart says:

    This nutter just smashes tablets of stone … thats been done before, has it not, by a biblical figure … so big deal.

    But this specious lying holy man wrecked the lives of those entrusted to his ministrations and then spent years evading and distancing himself from responsibility. Ahhh yes another case of catholic child rape …denial … cover up … obstruction … and total disregard of the victims. To get him out of the firing line in Australia the pope even gave Pell sanctuary in the vatican under the cover as the boss of the papal money laundering services. Pell has no experience or expertise in matters fiscal and yet he was given the job of the head of the vatican bank. Outrageous. A desperate measure to keep Pell safe and the name of the catholic church away from further damage.

    I am happy today because Pell is now fully exposed and another shit stain appears of the once fancy but now threadbare and ragged papal robes.

    Cardinal Pell: Vatican treasurer charged with sex offences – BBC News
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-40439489

  5. andym says:

    Don’t laugh. Pell has said he is prepared to go to Australia to defend himself. My arse. He’ll spend the rest of his life holed up in the Vatican.

  6. barriejohn says:

    @1859: When I was an evangelical (dispensationalist) Christian, I was told, in no uncertain terms, that the Ten Commandments, Lord’s Prayer, Temple rituals, etc, pertained only to the Jews (Old Testament or “Coming Remnant”), and were of no concern to Christians. There is evidence from the Acts of the Apostles that these same arguments raged in the Early Church, as Paul shaves his head to keep a vow, and insists that Timothy be circumcised so as not to offend the Jews, and the debate surfaces several times in different places. Even if those are fictionalised accounts, they are quite early, and show the sort of power struggles that must have been going on at the time.

    “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing.” (Gal. 5:1-2 KJV)

  7. John the Drunkard says:

    In response to Satanic Temple, and Hindu objections, at least one ex-Confederate state actually DID propose a whole garden of religious monuments so that their idolatrous post-Cecil B. DeMille slab could stay in place.

  8. fester60613 says:

    I find it very refreshing that a Christian has the balls to ACT against the influence of religion on government. The two never mix well. Ever.

  9. 1859 says:

    @barriejohn: thanks for the explanation -now, every time I see a religious monument it will remind me of bondage and my prematurely circumcised schlonk. Fuck – religious thinking is like intellectual rape.

  10. barriejohn says:

    @1859: How right you are! This guy also seems to think, like many evangelicals of my era, that involvement in politics is forbidden. Many orthodox Jews believe the same thing, and are opposed to Zionism (as you probably know), because they think that any human attempt to bring about what God has promised shows lack of faith. As you say, this is seriously fucked up thinking, as, carried to its logical extreme, it means that we shouldn’t do ANYTHING, but just let God do it all, so why bother to get out of bed in the morning (oh – I forgot – most of them don’t, except to read their precious Torah!).

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