Sen. Jason Rapert‘s GoFundMe pledge drive to raise money for a monument to Ten Commandments to be placed at the Arkansas State Capitol has raised $12,180 so far. That leaves the effort more than $4,000 short of its $16,600 goal, with two days left in the fundraising effort.
According to the GoFundMe site, Rapert needs to raise the funds on time “to keep our project on schedule.”
A law sponsored by Rapert allowed private funds to pay for the creation and installation of a monument bearing the Old Testament Ten Commandments on the Capitol grounds. Such a monument will surely invite a legal challenge on First Amendment grounds. A similar effort was abandoned in Oklahoma after the state Supreme Court there found that it was unconstitutional. Inspired by Rapert, Satanists and other groups are also attempting to get their own monuments. Rapert has been cool to the notion of monuments for other traditions.
A humanist group said in a letter to Rapert that his effort to put a monument to the Ten Commandments on the Capitol grounds would violate the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause. Rapert replied that the group was made up of a bunch of atheists and said of the group’s letter to him: “”That, my friends, is tyranny. That, my friends, is intimidation. That, my friends, is as much Communist as anything I’ve ever heard of.”
I’m sure Rapert has a rich buddy somewhere to put him over the top. The Lord works in mysterious payments.