Ten Commandments Monument In Oklahoma City Capitol Destroyed
The granite statue that contained the Ten Commandments from The Bible was destroyed on Thursday evening at the Oklahoma state capitol.
The statue was privately funded by Representative Mike Ritze. The monument was placed on the Capitol on Nov. 2012 until around 7 p.m., Oct. 23 when Oklahoma Highway Patrol responded to a call of an abandoned vehicle that was driven over the statue.
Governor Mary Fallin has stated that a person has come forward and is now in custody.
When the monument was erected in 2012, it reached controversy in the state with protesters stating that having the monument on the the capitol violated the states constitution ban on using public property to support church and religion.
Governor Fallin has offered to privately raise the funds necessary to rebuild the monument.
“This monument was built to memorialize the historical significance of the Ten Commandments in guiding our own laws and lives,” said Fallin. “It is absolutely appalling that someone would vandalize anything at the Oklahoma State Capitol – the People’s Building – much less a monument of such significance.”