CRIME

10 Commandments stone vandalized in NE D.C.

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WASHINGTON (WJLA) -- A steel rod holds the 850-pound stone upright. The engineer who installed the polished granite tablet with the 10 Commandments inscribed on it says it would take four men to topple it.

"To bend that kind of steel to the angle, that is a Herculean effort," says Reverend Rob Schenck, who heads the Faith and Action group. "To think that somebody could do this in a matter of what must have been minutes is almost unimaginable."

But even tougher to imagine for Reverend Rob Schenck is the fact that the vandals deliberately desecrated the word of God.

The holy words of the 10 Commandments now face down flat in the grass in front of the Faith and Action office, and the lights that once illuminated the inscription are ripped down, with the vandals leaving a “For Rent” sign in the yard

Police believe the incident occurred sometime Friday night. Peggy Nienaber works with the Christian outreach group and found out Saturday evening from a neighbor:

"He said, 'Hey, I tried to push your 10 Commandments statue back up,' and I said, 'What do you mean back up?' and he said, 'Well, it looks like it has been vandalized.'"

It is a monument that has stood in front of the outreach office since 2006, after a five-year legal battle to display the stone just steps from the Supreme Court. And now, ministry outreach workers feel that whoever is behind the crime is once again waging war on Christian beliefs.

"This message is a timeless one -- Jews, Christians, Muslims all agree that the 10 Commandments are words sent from God, and they're about the highest law that all of us are obligated to obey," says Reverend Schenck.

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