A left-wing legal group is threatening to block reconstruction of a Ten Commandments monument that was recently destroyed in Little Rock, Arkansas.
On June 28, 32-year-old Michael Tate Reed allegedly rammed a car into the Ten Commandments monument only 24 hours after it was erected on the grounds of the Arkansas Capitol.
First Liberty Institute attorney Mike Berry tells OneNewsNow it wasn't just the public that responded with donations to replace the monument.
"There's actually a check that was presented for $25,000 from Pure Flix films," he says, "which is, of course, the studio that produced the 'God's Not Dead' movie series. They filmed God's Not Dead 2 in Little Rock on the state Capitol grounds. And so that's why ... when they heard about what happened, [they] decided they wanted to help."
First Liberty Institute offered guidance to the state legislature as it considered and voted to approve the Ten Commandments for the Capitol grounds. The exact position of the new monument has yet to be decided.
"But what is clear is that the ACLU has already threatened to file a lawsuit against the state if they allow another monument to be put up," the attorney says. "But I think that that would be a fruitless lawsuit ... because the United States Supreme Court [previously] upheld the constitutionality of the Ten Commandments monument on state Capitol grounds in Texas."
The monuments in Arkansas and Texas are nearly identical, and the Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which covers Arkansas, has also upheld a similar monument in Nebraska.