After walking into the Federal Building in Oklahoma and making threats against President Obama – a man drove his vehicle into a privately funded statue of the Ten Commandments…smashing it to pieces.
When he was arrested, he told the officers that satan told him to do it. There have been ongoing battles against the statue by anti-Christian organizations.
Just this past September an Oklahoma County judge dismissed the lawsuit which had been filed by the ACLU. Their complaint was that it violated the state’s constitution that prohibited using public property to support church or religion.
Ryan Kiesel, Executive Director of the Oklahoma ACLU, issued the following statement.
“While we have and continue to seek the removal of the Ten Commandments monument from the Capitol grounds through the judicial process, the Ten Commandments constitute a strong foundation in our clients’ deeply held religious beliefs. To see the Ten Commandments desecrated by vandals is highly offensive to them as people of faith. Our Oklahoma and Federal Constitutions seek to create a society in which people of all faiths and those of no faith at all can coexist as equals without fear of repressions from the government or their neighbors. Whether it is politicians using religion as a political tool or vandals desecrating religious symbols, neither are living up to the full promise of our founding documents.”
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin stated she would volunteer to help raise private funds to help restore the demolished statue. The man driving the vehicle that destroyed the statue has been arrested and sent to a mental institution for evaluation – he says he is bi-polar and has been off his medications.
Governor Fallin stated, “This monument was built to memorialize the historical significance of the Ten Commandments in guiding our own laws and lives. 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.”
News Channel 4 – KFOR-TV reported on October 24, 2014, While the Satanic Temple expressed displeasure at the monument being destroyed, they had been planning to erect a statue of satan being admired by children next to the Ten Commandments Statue; but say that if the Ten Commandments statue is not replaced then they will also refrain from erecting their statue; but if it is restored and replaced they will move forward in placing their monument there as well.
Other news stations around the nation have also filed reports on this egregious attack on religious liberty.
The suspect has been identified as Michael Tate Reed Jr., 29. He is from Roland and was taken to Oklahoma County mental facility for an emergency order of detention and a mental evaluation.
A family member gives an explanation of why the suspect identified as Michael Tate Reed Jr., 29, did what he did to a reporter named Dave at KOCO Channel 5.
Michael is from Roland and he apparently drove four hours, perhaps aimlessly according to the family member, and was not even familiar with that area. The family member states that Michael has been a Christian all of his adult life and it would break his heart to realize what he had done.
He was taken to a mental detention center for evaluation. Caller stated that when he is stabilized he believes that Michael will apologize for what he did. He said that he takes the Ten Commandments very seriously and began having breakdowns after an injury on the job four years ago requiring surgeries and a lot of medications. He stated that Michael has previously experienced mild breakdowns and finally the stress manifested itself in him for this more intense mental breakdown.