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Significant cultural monument destroyed by fundamentalist Christian lunatics egged on by fascist politicians and it’s not even a story

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Oh you know how they get after a couple of sermons:

A rural Georgia monument that some conservative Christians criticized as satanic and others dubbed “America’s Stonehenge” was demolished Wednesday after a predawn bombing turned one of its four granite panels into rubble.

The Georgia Guidestones monument near Elberton was damaged by an explosive device, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said, and later knocked down “for safety reasons,” leaving a pile of rubble in a picture that investigators published.

Surveillance footage showed a sharp explosion blowing one panel to rubble just after 4 a.m. Investigators also released video of a silver sedan leaving the monument.

How can something like this happen in a purportedly civilized country?

The site received renewed attention during Georgia’s May 24 gubernatorial primary when third-place Republican candidate Kandiss Taylor claimed the guidestones are satanic and made demolishing them part of her platform. Comedian John Oliver featured the guidestones and Taylor in a segment in late May. McCarthy said right-wing personalities including Alex Jones had talked about them in previous years, but that “they sort of came back onto the public’s radar” because of Taylor.

“God is God all by Himself. He can do ANYTHING He wants to do,” Taylor wrote on social media Wednesday. “That includes striking down Satanic Guidestones.”

Oh.

The story of the Georgia Guidestones was quite interesting in itself, even prior to this latest act of cultural terrorism.

In June 1979, a man using the pseudonym Robert C. Christian approached the Elberton Granite Finishing Company on behalf of “a small group of loyal Americans”, and commissioned the structure. Christian explained that the stones would function as a compasscalendar, and clock, and should be capable of “withstanding catastrophic events”.[1] The man reportedly used the pseudonym as a reference to his Christian religion.[4] Christian said he wanted a granite monument built that could rival the British Neolithic monument Stonehenge, which he drew inspiration from after visiting them.[3][5] However, he noted that while impressive, Stonehenge had no message to communicate. . .

A message consisting of a set of ten guidelines or principles was engraved on the Georgia Guidestones in eight different languages, one language on each face of the four large upright stones. Moving clockwise around the structure from due north, these languages were EnglishSpanishSwahiliHindiHebrewArabicTraditional Chinese, and Russian.[4] The languages were chosen because they represented most of humanity, while Hebrew was chosen because of its connections to Judaism and Christianity.[4] The inscriptions are reportedly according to the organizers to guide humanity to conserve nature after a nuclear war, which the creators thought was an imminent threat.[4][5]

The site evolved from a local curiosity into a monument that drew thousands of visitors per year, as well as the ire of the fundamentalist Christians who are trying to destroy our liberal democracy, such as it is, and replace it with their paranoid vision of a government that battles against the “satanic” forces that have made contemporary society less than congenial to their bizarre and pernicious belief system.

The destruction of the site via a terrorist attack, obviously inspired directly by a call to destroy the monument from a major GOP gubernatorial candidate, should be a massive news story. Instead, it’s being met largely with indifference, reflected by such facts as the editors at NPR headlining the story above with the observation that “some” saw the Guidestones as satanic — as if that “point of view” should be “balanced” against the point of view that “some” of our fine citizenry are actually completely out of their tiny little minds, which have been poisoned by endless reservoirs of the most absurd superstitious nonsense imaginable.

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