Washington D.C.’s Ten Commandments statue has been knocked over by a group of still-unidentified vandals.
When Christian group Faith and Action erected a stone monument of the Ten Commandments during the final years of Bush’s presidency, it was seen as a controversial statue that questioned the relationship between church and state. The monument was placed nearby the U.S. Supreme Court, in hopes that they would be visible to the justices.
Reverend Robert Schenck, the head of Faith and Action, believed that this act was carried out on purpose, and not the result of wind or any other accidental matter. “Whoever did this was determined to get it done because it’s not something you could easily do,” Schenck told the Huffington Post. The statue weighs 850 pounds. Also, those responsible for the act placed a “For Rent” sign nearby.
The job of installing the monument initially took “an eight-man crew, a hydraulic lift and a truck.” After installation, the group was threatened with hefty fines for not obtaining a permit, but those threats have been withdrawn.
Shenck informed the Huffington Post that he was surprised by the recent vandalism. “We thought the controversy surrounding [the monument] had long since subsided but apparently not.”