SCOTUS-based Toppled Ten Commandments Monument Has A History
Washington-based Faith in Action's now-toppled monument displaying the Ten Commandments
so that justices entering the Supreme Court would see them was initially opposed by some and is also well-known to the Left, perhaps making it a likely target for vandalism.
A stone monument of the Ten Commandments that sits on a street behind the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington and was the subject of controversy in the past has been toppled by vandals.
The early efforts of Reverend Robert Schenck, who heads Faith in Action, as well as the importance of the Ten Commandments to the organization's mission were chronicled by Max Blumenthal at the Washington Monthly back in October of 2003.
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Fittingly, the most visible manifestation of Schenck's influence are the small, polished stone plaques, inscribed with the Ten Commandments, that he has distributed to more than 400 politicians in Washington and across the country. They include Rep. Tom Delay (R-Texas)--"His response was extremely positive"--Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.) and Bush's "Ambassador for Religious Liberty," John V. Hanford, who hand-delivered Schenck's plaque to the president. Schenck asks those who accept the plaque to "display it and obey it," suggesting that in their acceptance, they pledge to work toward a government rooted in Mosaic moral law and "Judeo-Christian ethics." And with so many lawmakers already displaying their plaques, Schenck is optimistic that as his new movement increases its activity and gathers support, his influence in Washington will help release a wave of Christian fervor upon the seats of power nationwide. "We have the president, both leaders of Congress, Hastert and Delay, all of whom share what I would call an orthodox Christian worldview. All of them display the Ten Commandments," he told me. "That's something we dare not take lightly."
The Wikipedia entry for Schenck and Faith in Action also mentions the monument itself. Given its significance, the fact that its presence was widely known in political circles and that, as the AP story pointed out, it required significant effort to deface the monument, rendering the Ten Commandments un-view-able, it's most likely vandalism by atheists and or members of the politically active secular Left.
A notable feature of the ministry office is a granite sculpture depicting the Ten Commandments displayed in the building’s front garden. On Memorial Day in 2006, the monument was placed in the front of the building, readily noticeable from the street.
Ten Commandments Project
Created in 1995, Faith and Action’s Ten Commandments Project has given over 400 plaques of the Ten Commandments to members of Congress and other highly placed officials, including former presidents Clinton and Bush. Special delegations made up of clergy and lay people make the presentations during ceremonies held in the recipients’ offices. The agenda includes a short speech which describes religion as the foundational basis of morality and law, a reading of the Commandments in their entirety, and prayers. The official is then given an inscribed wooden plaque on which is mounted two stone polymer tablets containing a summary of the Ten Commandments. Recipients are urged to “display and obey” the Ten Commandments. Schenck chose to promote the Ten Commandments because he believes that they have a universal and enduring nature and that they are fundamental to morality.