A new Ten Commandments monument was installed on Oklahoma state capitol grounds on Thursday to replace a previous one that was destroyed when a man drove his car into it.
The new 6-foot-tall stone monument, paid for with private money and supported by lawmakers in the socially conservative state, replaced the one installed in 2012, which was knocked down about three months ago."I appreciate that the Ten Commandments monument has been restored to its position outside the Capitol," said Governor Mary Fallin, a Republican.
In October, a 29-year-old man suspected of suffering from mental illness was arrested in the incident.
He allegedly spit on a picture of President Barack Obama at a federal building in Oklahoma City, got into a car and slammed into the Ten Commandments structure, saying the devil made him do it, according to Oklahoma law enforcement officials.
Conservative Christian groups fought for years to have the Ten Commandments displayed at the statehouse.