A monument of the Ten Commandments erected by Faith and Action, an evangelical Christian group, was toppled over the weekend. The statue faces the private entrance to the Supreme Court, and many congresspeople and their staff members must pass it on their way into nearby office buildings.
The founder of Faith and Action, Reverend Rob Schenck, told the Washington Times that the statue was “specifically angled” so as to be visible to the Supreme Court justices as they arrive to work and leave.
Besides serving as a reminder to those bound for the private entrance to the Supreme Court, the monument is significant in its own right: it was one of the statues of the Ten Commandments installed in, and subsequently removed from, Ohio schools in 2002.
A spokeswoman for the group told the Times that it couldn’t have been an accident, because “[i]t’s a pretty hefty thing to shove forward.”
Officials from the Metropolitan Police Department refused to comment, saying “[i]t’s an open case so [we] are still investigating it.” They have no suspects at this time.
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