A granite monument of the Ten Commandments that sits across the street from the U.S. Supreme
Court was toppled by vandals sometime over the weekend.
The monument sits in the front yard of
209 Second St. NE, the headquarters of Faith and Action, an evangelical Christian group led by the Rev. Rob Schenck.
The 3-foot by 3-foot granite sculpture weighs 850 pounds.
“It’s a pretty
hefty thing to shove forward, said Peggy Nienaber, a spokeswoman for the Christian group.
Police Department spokesman Officer Anthony Clay said both the Ten Commandments statue and an outdoor light were damaged.
The vandalism was reported Saturday and police had no information on any possible suspects as of Monday.
“It’s an open case so they are still investigating it,” Officer Clay said.
Ten Commandments display faces the private entrance to the Supreme Court, where the justices arrive and leave each day. Many
senators and their staff also pass by the display on their way to and from nearby Senate office buildings.
Installed in June 2006, the display was one of four ordered removed by a federal court from high schools in the
the Adams County/Ohio Valley School District in Ohio in June 2002.
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