New Ten Commandments Monument Installed At State Capitol
OKLAHOMA CITY - A new Ten Commandments Monument has been installed at the Oklahoma State Capitol Thursday morning.
Workers from a Kansas-based memorial company installed the new granite monument. Gary Mosier with Wilbert Memorials said the 2,400-pound monument is made from granite from a quarry in South Dakota. The design was added at the company's facility in Kansas.
Back in October, 2014, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said 29-year-old Michael Tate Reed Jr. from Roland drove his vehicle into the original Ten Commandments Monument, smashing it to pieces.
According to authorities, Reed admitted that he has been diagnosed with Bipolar and was off his medication. He also told authorities that he was a Satanist.
Reed reportedly told authorities that he was told by the voices in his head to urinate on the monument, commit other acts upon it, and to "smash it."
Reed was never charged as he underwent treatment under a mental health order.
Civil libertarians have sued to have the monument removed, arguing it contains a religious message and violates the separation of church and state.