United States (Christian News Network) – A new Ten Commandments monument was installed on Thursday on the grounds of the Arkansas capitol building after a mentally ill man destroyed the first Decalogue display last year with his car.
“The sole reason that we donated this monument to the state of Arkansas is because the Ten Commandments are an important component to the foundation of the laws and the legal system of the United States of America and of the state of Arkansas,” said Sen. Jason Rapert, R-Conway, who leads the American History and Heritage Foundation, the non-profit entity that raised funds for the monument’s installment.
The unveiling of the display was met with applause from those gathered to witness the occasion. Over 800 people had donated to the cause.
“Thou shalt have no other gods before you,” Lanelle Tippit told local television station KARK. “If you do that, then everything else will fall in place.”
“This is what our country was founded on is God,” Tippit’s husband, Doug, added.
However, a number of opponents also were present for the dedication, including those who identify as Satanists.
“Satanism represents free thought, individualism,” attendee Chris Russell told the outlet. “Basically, you are your own god. I’ve never subscribed to the Christian religion. It’s never resonated with me.”