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Pure Flix donated $25,000 to the American History and Heritage Foundation to assist with replacing a Ten Commandments tribute monument that was recently destroyed on the Arkansas state Capitol grounds. Image courtesy of Pure Flix

(RNS) — The Ten Commandments monument that was knocked down less than 24 hours after it was erected on the grounds of the Arkansas state Capitol is going back up.

Pure Flix — the Christian entertainment studio behind the “God’s Not Dead” series, the recent film adaptation of “The Case for Christ” and the upcoming adaptation of “Same Kind of Different as Me” — has pledged $25,000 toward the cost of rebuilding it.

The money will go to the American History and Heritage Foundation, the nonprofit behind the original stonework.


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“We hope our donation will contribute to the costs to rebuild this beautiful landmark,” Pure Flix COO Steve Fedyski said in a written statement. “Little Rock — and Arkansas in general — have been very hospitable to us and we want give back to the community in a meaningful way.”

A statue of the Ten Commandments is seen after it was installed June 27, 2017, on the grounds of the state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark. Photo by Steve Barnes/Reuters

A suspect has been charged in the destruction June 28 of the 6-foot-tall Ten Commandments monument, which was driven over by a motorist.

The monument was completed last month after the Arkansas Senate passed an act giving permission for it to be located on Capitol grounds, despite opposition from the American Civil Liberties Union and others who argued it violated the separation of church and state.

Arkansas state Sen. Jason Rapert, the primary sponsor of the 2015 act, said a new monument is expected to take up to two months to finish.

“ACT 1231 is law in the state of Arkansas so it will be fulfilled,” Rapert, who is also president of the foundation, told RNS.

He said the foundation has received more than $55,000 to replace the monument. Rapert said replacement cost could be higher than the $26,000 cost of the original as the foundation may add “some security posts or barriers to protect the monument from another attempt to destroy it.”

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Emily McFarlan Miller

Emily McFarlan Miller is a national reporter for RNS based in Chicago. She covers evangelical and mainline Protestant Christianity.

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  • 1. I guess Moses didn’t have car insurance.
    2. Did they ever think the lawn might be for the golden calf to graze upon?
    3. If you really want to keep it safe rebuild the ark of the covenant and put it under the state temple dome.

  • I don’t understand the desire to post the 10 Commandments in public places when we do not want them to be the law of the land. Do we really want all businesses to close on Sunday? (How could you go out to lunch after church?). Do we really want to make it against the law to commit adultery? (How many tele-evangelists and politicians would be jailed?) How do we enforce the commandment: “You shall have no other gods before me.” ? Would a Christian minister who has amassed $25 Million while children around the world (and in this country) are hungry, or without health care, be breaking the commandment (by having money as a god ahead of God.) ? As a Christian pastor, I would rather have people attempt to obey the 10 Commandments, rather than fight to display them.

  • I see no harm in the monument, nor do I think it will cause most people to reflect seriously about its themes. It is merely a symbol of some very good straightforward and firm instruction from God to humanity. Perhaps this time they should put a stout barrier around it.

  • Several of the commandments blatantly violate the First Ammendment: No other gods before me, no graven images, and keep the Sabbath holy. Why would we erect a document on or near government buildings that goes against our Constitution and religious freedom. It amazes me that some Christians can’t see that.

  • I agree 100% Jim Johnson. It should not be there. It goes against our constitution. I was just pondering why anyone would want the 10 Commandments on display. We don’t seem to want to obey them.

  • Which version of the 10 Commandments should we use? Catholic? Protestant? Jewish? Muslim? Maybe this is why we should not have such a monument. The Constitution does not allow the government to favor one religion over others.

  • You put them in concrete which saves you the trouble of living them as radically as Jesus. Anyway, according to Lutheran, Catholic, Episcopalian and some others, the first commandment “You shall have no other gods” is the only one you need since all the others says the same thing. It’s all about idolatry – and given that in the south you find predominantly baptist thinking – where they double up on the image/idol thing – why a concrete monument? Seems to me if the monument is all that necessary I have to wonder if the monument is idolatrous in and of itself.

  • I would be much happier if they would put up a monument with the Beatitudes of matthew 5: 3-9. It also would be cheaper!

  • There are enough tornado in the Bible belt. Must be too many monuments or preachers on old covenant.

  • It doesn’t really matter which version is used, they do not differ markedly. In such instances as this it is a symbolic endorsement of exceptional moral precepts which harm no one and are free to be ignored by those who so choose; it can in no way be construed as coercive or substantially biased. Certainly the precepts of Islam and other faiths embrace the strictures against murder, theft, lying, etc.

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