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A monument of the Ten Commandments will return to the Arkansas Capitol Lawn next week, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
The Arkansas Legislature authorized the privately financed monument in 2015, and it was installed on the capitol grounds last year.
Unfortunately, less than 24 hours after it was placed on the lawn, a Van Buren man plowed a car into the monument, destroying it.
The new monument is a duplicate of the original, but it will be flanked by concrete barriers to prevent similar incidents in the future.
Meanwhile, the ACLU has promised to sue the state as soon as the monument is put in place — even though an identical monument was ruled constitutional in Texas some years ago.
According to UALR Public Radio, a new monument of the Ten Commandments will be built on the Capitol lawn sometime this spring:
A new Ten Commandments monument will likely be placed at the Arkansas State Capitol in April. It’s a replacement for one destroyed last June, less than 24 hours after it was unveiled, by a driver who intentionally crashed his car into it.
Chris Powell, a spokesman for the Secretary of State’s office, says they’ve decided to wait until after the legislature wraps up the fiscal session, then a special session, so that the grounds won’t be as busy and heavy equipment can be brought in.
You may recall the Arkansas Legislature authorized the monument in 2015.
Many expect the replacement monument to include some sort of barricade or other feature to prevent it from being destroyed by another vehicle.
Meanwhile the ACLU has said it plans to file a lawsuit against the State of Arkansas as soon as the monument is built — despite the fact courts have ruled an identical monument in Texas constitutional.