Sen. Jason Rapert preened today with a blown-up replica for a check for $25,000 toward a news Ten Commandments monument courtesy of Pure Flix, makers of the “God’s Not Dead” film series, a third installment of which will be shot in Arkansas next year. A second episode was shot in Arkansas.
Rapert explained that he’s raising far more than the $26,000 needed for the first granite tablet, destroyed by the driver of a car who’d similar wrecked an Oklahoman monument, to provide some extra money should protective measures be needed and also to contribute to similar monuments elsewhere. He said more than $50,000 has been raised. He also explained that the $100,000 goal on a Go Fund Me page was just a requirement of the website, not necessarily the amount he’s seeking. (UPDATE: Blue Hog Report questions Rapert on his financial pronouncements.)
Rapert also used the opportunity to practice some constitutional law. The evangelist and former stock broker said only a little phrase in the Constitution was used to defend separation of church and state, a concept imposed by judges, not statutory law. Well, yes. That’s what judges do — interpret the Constitution. See you in court, senator, when another tablet bearing an evangelical Christian version of the Decalogue is put up.