Arkansas state Sen. Jason Rapert set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for his pet project of putting a 10 Commandments monument on the state capitol’s grounds. As a preemptive strike against litigation, last year the state passed the Ten Commandments Monument Act which officials hoped would protect them from lawsuits when the monument went up.
Rapert clarified the matter in a live video he filmed in his official government office which he shared on his Senate page’s Facebook newsfeed. He claims the monument is legal because the law passed and signed “states that there will be a monument honoring the moral foundation of law that will be placed on the Arkansas State Capitol grounds by the Secretary of State.” The words Rapert read from the law make it seem like the monument is ambiguous, but the title of the bill itself is “The Ten Commandments Monument Act.” Thus, the government has passed a law respecting a specific establishment of religion and designating a government official to place it on government property.
Thus far, Rapert has about 60 percent of his goal remaining but he is being challenged by the American Humanist Association (AHA), an organization that encourages social good and morality without god as a motivator.
“Many people in Arkansas have already expressed concern about the Ten Commandments monument and its excessive state entanglement with religion,” David Niose, legal director of the American Humanist Association told KARZ News. “We urge Rapert to stop this project and turn his attention to the practical, real-world needs of all of his constituents, both religious and nonreligious.”
Rapert read a portion of the letter from the AHA which asked him to stop raising money. He then went on a diatribe about his rights as a citizen to do and say whatever he wants. What he left out was the word of caution from the AHA telling him he should stop fundraising or risk “likely litigation that will result in an unnecessary waste of taxpayer money.”
The neighboring state of Oklahoma knows all about litigation. After its own battle over a Ten Commandments monument went all the way to the state Supreme Court, the monument was declared unconstitutional and ordered to be removed. The Attorney General of the state has yet to turn over documents detailing the cost of the fight, but they’re now being sued by the state’s American Civil Liberties Union chapter to cover their legal fees as well.
To Rapert, opponents like this are nothing more than a group of Atheist communists. He calls out the AHA specifically for being headquartered in Washington, D.C. and intruding on the people of Arkansas. Continuing, “I’m telling you that the American Humanist Association might as well be named the American Communist Association.”
In a related post, Sen. Rapert also shared some recent photos of a candidate he’s supporting for the Court of Appeals.
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