In 2015 Sen. Jason Rapert (R – Bigelow) sponsored a law authorizing a monument of the Ten Commandments on the Arkansas State Capitol Grounds. It was placed on the Capitol lawn on June 27, 2017.
Less than 24 hours later, a man plowed a vehicle into the monument, completely destroying it.
In late October we learned the monument had been reconstructed and would be placed on the Capitol lawn in the near future.
Today a subcommittee of the Capitol Arts and Grounds Commission approved a proposal to reinstall the monument and make it more secure by adding concrete barriers to prevent a vehicle from destroying it again.
The Associated Press reports a public hearing on the proposed changes will be held this week before they go before the full commission next week.
Meanwhile, the ACLU has said it plans to file a lawsuit against the State of Arkansas as soon as the monument is back on the Capitol Grounds. They say the monument is unconstitutional and has no place on public property — even though the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled an identical monument constitutional in Texas.
Last week Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge rejected yet another proposal to legalize “recreational” marijuana in Arkansas.
The A.G.’s office said there were “fundamental defects in the submission” that prevented the measure from being approved. By our count, her office has rejected fourteen similar measures since May of this year.
To put it simply, marijuana’s proponents are not content with so-called “medical marijuana.”
As we have said before: “Medical marijuana” is just a stepping stone. The endgame for marijuana’s supporters is — and always has been — full legalization.