Rebuilt Ten Commandments Monument One Step Closer to Capitol Lawn

December 5, 2017 | Posted in Religious Freedom | By

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.

Ten Commandments Unveiled on Capitol Grounds

June 27, 2017 | Posted in Religious Freedom | By

Arkansas’ monument of the Ten Commandments was placed on the Capitol Grounds this morning.

Senator Jason Rapert (R-Bigelow) who sponsored the legislation authorizing the monument in 2015 was present for its unveiling.

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

It 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.

Below are a few pictures of the new monument.

Construction Begins on Ten Commandments Monument

June 9, 2017 | Posted in Religious Freedom | By

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.