At nearly the same time a tribute to Ronald Reagan was set ablaze in California, vandals on the opposite coast toppled a monument depicting the Ten Commandments.
The 850-pound granite display was erected by outreach group Faith and Action in 2006 and has been protested by leftists because of its proximity to the U.S. Supreme Court. His group obtained the monument from an Ohio school after a federal court ordered it be removed from the public setting.
Found lying face down, the monument is largely intact; though metal rods used to keep the stone tablets vertical were significantly bent in the process.
Rev. Robert Schenck, head of the outreach mission, said the person or persons behind the vandalism were “determined to get it done because it’s not something you could easily do.”
Police are investigating the crime, though Schenck said his organization is also getting involved by seeking surveillance footage from nearby buildings — including the nation’s highest court.
He said he is dedicated to repairing the monument and plans to install his own security camera on the premises.
As for his message to those responsible, Schenck embodied the ideals set forth in the Ten Commandments and said God can use the incident to further a biblical message.
“We all violate God’s rules,” he said.
While public monuments depicting the Bible-based set of rules have been subjected to numerous judicial rulings in recent years, the scofflaws behind this vandalism unilaterally decided the structure deserved to be toppled.
Schenck said he has faced backlash against the display in years past, saying the group “thought the controversy surrounding it had long since subsided, but apparently not.”
Sadly, toppling the Ten Commandments is nothing new in Washington, D.C. Leftist legislators whose intent is to create a secular humanist society hope to foster political correctness instead of the fundamental laws set forth by God on Mount Sinai.