A man livestreamed himself ramming into a Ten Commandments monument put up recently in front of the Arkansas state capitol building (video below).
Despite being a devout Christian, 32-year-old Michael Tate Reed drove his 2016 Dodge Dart into the statue only one day after it was unveiled, Inquisitr reports.
Reed explained he was attempting to show his support for the separation of church and state, adding there was "no one religion" the government should represent.
“I’m a firm believer that part of salvation is that we not only have faith in Jesus Christ but we obey the commands of God and that we confess Jesus as Lord,” Reed said in the video he uploaded onto Facebook. “But one thing I do not support is the violation of our Constitutional right to have the freedom that’s guaranteed to us, that guarantees us the separation of church and state.”
The man, who has schizoaffective disorder, was hospitalized before being sent to jail, reports Arkansas Online.
"I immediately exited my vehicle and placed the subject in custody," Corporal Chad Durham explained.
Officials say they are already making plans to put up a new monument.
Republican state Sen. Jason Rapert of Bigelow, who had heavily supported the controversial statue, called it destruction "an act of violence."
"That’s the same hatred, that’s the same motivation that motives somebody to put on a mask and take a bat and go to a college campus and attack somebody who is standing there exercising their free speech rights," he said, later paying reference to the June 14 Virginia congressional baseball practice shooting.
It's the second time Reed has destroyed a Ten Commandments monument. Tulsa World reports Reed also damaged the Oklahoma state capitol in 2015.
Reed was hospitalized and released when he agreed to continue mental health treatment. Afterwards, he showed remorse.
"I am so sorry that this all happening [sic] and wished I could take it all back," Reed said at the time.
News of the Arkansas monuments destruction sparked debate on social media over a range of issues.
Some praised Reed for his act.
"I am glad to hear this was done," wrote one Facebook user on Reed's video. "The monument has no business being on government property."
Others did not see this as an issue about separation of church and state.
"This is what untreated Mental Health Problems look like!" wrote one Facebook user commenting on Reed's video. "This is what goin into 3 different hospitals seeking help and being able to walk out looks like! This is what happens when people agree with him and tell him he doesn't need to take his meds anymore!"