I approve of this

In the video, the Arkansas Capitol dome can be seen lit against the night sky as the Dodge Dart accelerates to 10, then 20 mph.

“Oh my goodness,” a man says as he flicks on the car’s lights. “Freedom!”

The vehicle speeds up the hill, and the last thing that comes into view before a crash is a large, newly installed monument.

Authorities say the man in the video is Michael Tate Reed, an alleged serial destroyer of Ten Commandments monuments.

He was arrested by state capitol police officers at the scene early Wednesday, according to Chris Powell, a spokesman for the Arkansas secretary of state. Reed is charged with criminal trespass, first-degree criminal mischief and defacing objects of public interest.

The laddie, as they say, seems to have some issues. Issues amenable perhaps to a judicious does of lithium. And yet, and yet……..

Sure, it’s the destruction of someone elses’ property, that’s bad. But it is property, not people, and he seems to be around for being punished for it. Leave aside that lithium issue and regard it instead as an extreme free speech one. Boy’s got the right to make his view known, as long as he’s willing to take the consequences of doing so. As I’m just fine with Banksy doing so–as long as he is willing to pay the damages.

18 thoughts on “I approve of this”

  1. Who put up the monument? If the State did it, it may well be unconstitutional (I’d say) but that should be settled in court, shouldn’t it?

    P.S. Which of the variants of the 10 Cs was used?

    WKPD: “The Ten Commandments appear twice in the Hebrew Bible, in the books of Exodus and Deuteronomy. … The passages in Exodus 20 and Deuteronomy 5 contain more than ten imperative statements, totalling 14 or 15 in all.”

    And also: “Modern scholarship has found likely influences in Hittite and Mesopotamian laws and treaties, but is divided over exactly when the Ten Commandments were written and who wrote them.” Wot, not even a soupçon of Egyptian lore? How disappointing.

  2. I agree with Tel. Not a bad self-description to put in your passport, though: serial destroyer of Ten Commandments monuments.

  3. ‘Boy’s got the right to make his view known, as long as he’s willing to take the consequences of doing so.’

    Two different subjects. He has the right to make his view known. He has no right to plow into monuments. He will be punished for damaging the monument. Period. What he was thinking when he did it is irrelevant. Same with “hate crimes.”

  4. “The fourteen and a half commandments” doesn’t have the same ring to it, although it might make a good title for a novel.

  5. Bloke in Costa Rica

    It’s extremely creepy having a Ten Commandments monument displayed like this. The Yanks really are fucked in the head when it comes to God-bothering.

  6. Dunno, Matthew L. Does one actually read hardcore gay porn posters? Is it the poetic language attracts?
    Asking for a friend.

  7. The version of the ten commandments in Exodus 34 is most enlightening. Especially as there are, uniquely, actually ten of them.

  8. There were 20, but Moses accidentally dropped one stone tablet of 10, and it broke into pieces.

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