Two atheist groups have filed a lawsuit against the state of Arkansas for a Ten Commandments monument erected in April after a man destroyed the first one by ramming it with his car last summer.
A new marker had just been installed on the Capitol grounds last month with barricades to protect it.
In lawsuits filed in US District Court, the American Humanist Association and the Freedom From Religion Foundation argue that the monument violates the First Amendment.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas has also filed a citing lawsuit against the state’s installation of the monument, citing the same concerns.
State Sen. Jason Rapert is a preacher who sponsored the legislation to allow the monument to be placed on state grounds.
“I am encouraged that Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge and her office are prepared to defend the people of Arkansas and the Ten Commandments Monument which honors part of the historical and moral foundation law,” he said in a statement.
If the Ten Commandments are good enough to be displayed in the United States Supreme Court Chamber and other state capitol grounds in Texas and around our nation, then they are good enough to be displayed in Arkansas. I look forward to a vigorous defense of the law in Arkansas.”