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ICC Note: A man named Michael Tate Reed was recently arrested after he posted a video of himself driving into a Ten Commandments monument on Arkansas state capitol grounds on Facebook. However, it’s unclear what his motives were as Reed refers to himself as a Christian and friends have encouraged him to seek mental help. Regardless, Reed also posted a video stating that he believes in “separation of church and state,” which has been a major argument in past cases surrounding the removal of Ten Commandments memorials from government property.

By Heather Clark

06/28/2017 United States (Christian News Network) – An Arkansas man was arrested on Wednesday after he destroyed a Ten Commandments monument that had been installed just yesterday on the grounds of the Arkansas capitol building.

Michael Tate Reed, 32, of Van Buren was taken into custody on charges of defacing objects of public interest, criminal trespass and first-degree criminal mischief. Reed recorded himself destroying the monument under the cover of darkness, driving his car into the decalogue and yelling “freedom!”

He posted the video to Facebook at approximately 5 a.m. local time. (See end of report.)

Reed identifies himself as a Christian and a “Pentecostal Jesus freak” on his Facebook page, but some of his posts are obscure and confuddled, and followers have urged him to get help in observing his mental health struggles.

“If tonight doesn’t go down like I’ve seen and been told, I promise I will go to Valley hospital and have them court order me on meds,” he wrote on Tuesday.

Reed also posted a video stating that while he believes that men should “obey the commands of God,” he is a proponent of the “separation of church and state” and feels that “[t]here’s no one religion government should support.”

He spoke of what he called “white plans,” and advised that he would need another car after he carried through his plot to destroy the monument.


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