VAN BUREN, Ark. — An Arkansas man who destroyed a Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the state capitol building in June 2017 says that he heard something inside impress on him, “Destroy it tonight.”
Local television station KARK recently sat down with Michael Tate Reed II after he was released from the state hospital, where he was receiving treatment for mental issues. He reportedly told the outlet that he doesn’t regret knocking down the monument with his car in the early morning hours of June 28, 2017.
“So you feel like it was your calling to do this?” reporter Tyler Thomason asked. “Yes,” Tate replied. “I had to get people’s attention for what’s going on in the world.”
He said that when he learned that the monument had been installed outside the capitol, something inside told him to destroy it.
“I felt a huge pressure come over me, and I heard it inside: ‘Destroy it tonight,’” Reed outlined. “That’s all I could think about. It was a tunnel vision.”
As previously reported, while Reed characterized himself as a “Pentecostal Jesus freak” on his Facebook page at the time of the incident, and still writes of himself, “The only thing good about me is God in me and everything else we’re working on,” he says he also believes in the “separation of Church and State.” He says that he supports the Ten Commandments, but not on government property.
Reed posted a video prior to committing the
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