- Madeline Hancock
Late last week, the 10 Commandments monument at the Oklahoma State Capitol was violently pushed over, breaking the granite tribute into pieces.
Police tape secured the scene, and pictures of law enforcement removing the remains with a forklift soon filled social media timelines. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol was investigating, and local media reported that a car plowed into the statue before being abandoned by its driver.
The controversial monument has been in the media in recent years after the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) sued, saying its placement on government property violated church-state laws. The suit was thrown out in September 2012. Soon after, the Satanic Temple made a plea to add a Lord Baphomet statue alongside it, which also made national news. You know, because equality.
Gov. Mary Fallin quickly spoke out against the vandalism.
Our monument will be rebuilt and restored, Fallin said in a media statement. The people of Oklahoma will not stand for acts of violence against the Capitol or its monuments.
The ACLU called it vandalism and said the piece was desecrated.
Baphomet himself replied via his popular (parody) Twitter account: Before the car impacted @CommandmentsOKC, Carrie Underwoods Jesus Take the Wheel was heard playing. #MonumentGate
Later, it was reported that police had arrested a man whom they believed was connected to the desecration of the monument. He said Satan told him to do it. He also urinated on the statue before hitting it with his car. And he threatened to kill the president. #notfunnyanymore