Today Arkansas’ new Ten Commandments monument was unveiled on the Capitol lawn in Little Rock.
The legislature authorized the privately funded monument in 2015, and construction was completed last year. However, less than 24 hours after the initial monument was unveiled, it was destroyed when a man plowed a car into it.
The replacement monument includes concrete bollards to prevent similar incidents in the future.
Meanwhile, several groups continue to oppose the Ten Commandments monument.
The ACLU has promised to sue the state to have the monument removed — even though the U.S. Supreme Court ruled an identical monument constitutional in Texas nearly thirteen years ago — and the leader of the Satanic Temple was present before today’s unveiling ceremony, along with several protesters.
Frankly, there just shouldn’t be anything controversial about honoring the significance of the Ten Commandments.
The Ten Commandments are one of the earliest examples of the rule of law in human history, and they have had a tremendous impact on western civilization. The Magna Carta, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights are amazing documents, but the Ten Commandments are the great-great-granddaddy of them all.
You and your family are invited to come see Arkansas’ monument of the Ten Commandments unveiled and dedicated at a brief ceremony tomorrow at 11:30 AM on the lawn outside the Arkansas Capitol Building in Little Rock.
The monument celebrates the impact the Ten Commandments have had on our civilization and our system of law.
This is your opportunity to be part of history. I hope you will join us for this momentous occasion. If you need directions or additional information, call our office at (501) 375-7000.
Below is a press release from the American History and Heritage Foundation about the unveiling.
On April 8, 2015, the Arkansas General Assembly passed SB939 – THE TEN COMMANDMENTS MONUMENT ACT – and Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed the bill into law becoming ACT 1231. On June 27th, 2017, the original Ten Commandments Monument was installed on the grounds of the Arkansas State Capitol using private donations. In the early hours of June 28th, 2017, less than 24 hours after the monument had been erected, it was intentionally destroyed when a man rammed his vehicle into the monument. On April 26, 2018, just over 3 years since the law was first enacted, and less than one year since the monument was destroyed, the replacement monument will be installed and given to the State of Arkansas by the American History & Heritage Foundation which has fully funded the project.
The Foundation invites all interested Arkansas citizens to join them for a brief dedication of the Arkansas Ten Commandments Monument.
WHO: American History & Heritage Foundation
WHAT: Arkansas Ten Commandments Monument Re-Installation WHEN: Thursday, April 26, 2018, 11:30 a.m.
WHERE: Arkansas State Capitol Grounds
A statement will be read on behalf of the American History & Heritage Foundation, Inc. honoring the gift of the new monument to the people of Arkansas and offering thanks to supporters who made private donations to make the monument possible. You can read more about the American History & Heritage Foundation at www.americanhistoryandheritage.org, follow them on Twitter @Am_Heritage or FaceBook https://www.facebook.com/AmericanHistoryHeritage/
The American History & Heritage Foundation, Inc. is an Arkansas non-profit organization dedicated to educating and informing the public about American history and heritage.
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.