Man Smashes Ten Commandments Monument with Car (Video)

| by Michael Allen

A man reportedly destroyed a 6-foot-tall Ten Commandments monument with his car last night on the Oklahoma Capitol grounds in Oklahoma City.

According to KOCO, Michael Tate Reed Jr. showed up at the Oklahoma City Federal Building this morning and turned himself into the U.S. Secret Service, which gave him over to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol (video below).

The highway patrol took Reed to a local mental hospital for observation following some bizarre claims.

"He claimed he got out of his car, urinated on the monument, and then ran over it and destroyed it," U.S. Secret Service Agent David Allison told the Associated Press. "He said Satan told him to do it, and that he was a Satanist."

The monument was built in 2012 with the support of the Oklahoma's GOP-led Legislature, but the ACLU filed a lawsuit to have it removed from public grounds.

"We consider this an act of violence against the state of Oklahoma," said State Rep. Mike Ritze (R) whose family paid $10,000 to build the monument. "We are obviously shocked and dismayed, but we're not discouraged."

Ritze promised that the religious monument would be rebuilt on government property.

Ryan Kiesel, the Oklahoma executive director of the ACLU, said in a statement:

The ACLU of Oklahoma and our clients are outraged at this apparent act of vandalism. 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.

Reed may have also made threats against President Obama this morning, which he could also be charged for, according to authorities.

Sources: KOCO, Associated Press