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Ten Commandments Monument Destroyed in Demonic Frenzy

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Broken pieces of Ten Commandments Monument after being destroyed Thursday night by a vandal.
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UPDATED 8:27 pm 10/24/2014

OKLAHOMA CITY - A man who threatened President Obama and spit on his photograph was taken into custody after confessing that he destroyed the Ten Commandments monument at the State Capitol, a federal authorities said Friday.

Secret Service Agent David Allison said Michael Tate Reed, Jr., 29, of Roland, told investigators that Satan instructed him to tear down the monument and urinate on it. Secret Service agents became involved in the case when they received a call that the man was inside the Oklahoma City federal building making threats toward the president and was spitting on Obama’s photograph.

Federal agents notified Oklahoma Highway Patrol investigators who took custody of the man Friday afternoon. OHP oversees security at the State Capitol.

According to OHP Capt. George Brown, Reed was taken to mental hospital for evaluation after telling law enforcement officers he suffers from bipolar disorder. 

OHP investigators will present their case Monday to Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater, who will decide if criminal charges should be filed.

Reed told federal agents he damaged his car after ramming into the monument and had to leave it there. The incident occurred about 9 p.m. Thursday. On Friday morning, the man made his way to the federal building where he began his rant toward the president.

Brown said OHP investigators intend to view video from cameras on the Capitol building to determine what occurred when the monument was destroyed.

State Sen. Mike Ritze, who paid about $10,000 for the construction of the Ten Commandments monument, said his intention is to rebuild.

“While I am appalled that someone would go to such lengths to do violence to our Ten Commandments monument, I am not at all shocked,” he said. “I am dismayed but not discouraged by this act of violence. This monument represents the values that an overwhelming majority of Oklahomans hold close. We are not going to be bullied. The monument will be repaired and replaced.”

The American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma, a group which opposes the monument being on Capitol grounds, expressed outrage about the vandalism.

“While we have and continue to seek the removal of the Ten Commandments monument, the Ten Commandments constitutes a strong foundation in our clients’ deeply held religious beliefs. To see the Ten Commandments desecrated by vandals is highly offensive to them as people of faith,” said ACLU Executive Director Ryan Kiesel.

The U.S. and Oklahoma constitutions seek to create a society that allows people of all faiths and those with no faith to co-exist as equals without fear of repression, the ACLU statement said.

“Whether it is politicians using religion as a political tool or vandals desecrating religious symbols, neither are living up to the full promise of our founding documents,” Kiesel said.

Gov. Mary Fallin promised she would volunteer to help Ritze raise private funds so the monument can be rebuilt.

"This monument was built to memorialize the historical significance of the Ten Commandments in guiding our own laws and lives,” said Fallin. “It is absolutely appalling that someone would vandalize anything at the Oklahoma State Capitol – the People's Building – much less a monument of such significance.”

Tire tracks at the scene shows the vehicle made its way onto the Capitol grounds on the east side, apparently used a ramp at one point to scale a two-foot cement retaining wall, then drove west along a sidewalk and made a quick right turn before ramming the monument.

Guards are stationed at the Capitol, but it was unclear if any of them heard the crashing sound when the car struck the monument, officials said.

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