Monday, September 23, 2013

Reagan Statue Burned, 10 Commandments Monument Toppled

In California and DC, two despicable acts of vandalism have occurred in the last few days.

First, there was a statue of former President Ronald Reagan at Temecula, CA, which was burned and vandalized.  A poster a FreeRepublic wrote more about the vandalism and story about the statue:
On March 3, 1983, President Ronald Reagan, in a speech before the United States Olympic Committee, paid tribute to the nation's can-do spirit, specifically citing the volunteers and donors of Temecula, among others. He said:
"The folks in a rather small town, together and built themselves a sports park, held fund-raising barbecues and dinners. And those that didn't have money, volunteered the time and energy. And now the young people of that community have baseball diamonds for Little League and other sports events, just due to what's traditional Americanism."
This was the statue before:

And after the fire:

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No suspects have been found in the vandalism, nor the overturning of a Ten Commandments monument at a DC advocacy group (Breitbart).
The 3-foot-by-3-foot granite monument weighs 850 pounds and sits out front of the headquarters of Faith and Action, a Christian outreach ministry. The group installed the tablets in a garden outside its offices in 2006, and the group's president said the tablets were angled so that justices arriving at the high court would see them.
The Rev. Robert Schenck, who heads the organization, said the damage to the monument happened sometime between Friday night and Saturday night. A minister who works in the area alerted the group to the damage around 9 p.m. Saturday.
The monument had been pushed over so that the words of the Ten Commandments are now face down. Vandals bent a steel rod that secures the monument to a thick concrete base to an almost 90 degree angle. The monument itself is not damaged, Schenck said.
"Whoever did this was determined to get it done because it's not something you could easily do," Schenck said, adding that the vandals also installed a "For Rent" yard sign by the monument and that the vandalism was reported to police.
Officer Anthony Clay, a Metropolitan Police Department spokesman, said Monday that the case remains open.
Schenck said he did not know how much it would cost to bring the tablets upright, but the organization plans to reinforce the monument and install a security camera that monitors the area. He said they also plan to ask a neighboring organization and the U.S. Supreme Court for their security footage during the time when the monument was vandalized.
Until there are arrests or suspects, I won't speculate on a motive, though I have suspicions.

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