Construction Begins on Ten Commandments Monument

Ground has been broken on the Capitol lawn for the state’s new Ten Commandments monument.

In 2015 the Arkansas Legislature passed a law authorizing the placement of a monument of the Ten Commandments on the Capitol grounds.

Earlier this spring the State Capitol Arts and Ground Commission authorized the monument as a formality before construction could officially begin.

The monument is similar to a monument ruled constitutional in Texas, and is being privately funded. It celebrates the influence and legacy of the Ten Commandments in western law.

Panel Approves Ten Commandments for Capitol Grounds

Yesterday Arkansas’ Capitol Arts and Grounds Commission approved a monument of the Ten Commandments for placement on the Capitol Building grounds.

The approval was a formality; the monument is established by a law the legislature passed in 2015.

The monument will be privately paid for. It is based on a monument ruled constitutional in Texas.

The monument celebrates the influence and legacy of the Ten Commandments in western law.

It could be placed on the Capitol grounds sometime next month.

Family Council Submits Comment in Support of Ten Commandments Monument

On Wednesday the Capitol Arts and Grounds Commission held a public hearing about construction of a monument of the Ten Commandments.

The legislature authorized the monument in 2015. The monument is based on one that has been upheld as constitutional elsewhere. It would be placed on the grounds of the Arkansas Capitol Building to list the Ten Commandments and commemorate their influence on western law.

Unfortunately the monument has drawn criticism from some. That’s why Family Council sent a representative to the hearing and submitted a statement to the Secretary of State’s office in support of the monument, saying,

Family Council supports the construction and placement of the monument of the Ten Commandments on the Arkansas Capitol Grounds. The Ten Commandments have left an indelible mark on western law. They represent one of the earliest examples of the rule of law–a cornerstone of our democratic republic. The principles embodied in them have served as a foundation for civil laws for centuries. No other moral or civil code has been held in higher esteem by Americans. Commemorating the Ten Commandments and acknowledging their importance are entirely appropriate for the State of Arkansas.

You can read the 2015 legislation authorizing construction of the Ten Commandments monument here.