Our American Humanist Association legal center sent a letter to a state senator from Arkansas this week, telling him that his plans to erect a Ten Commandments monument at the state capitol are unconstitutional. I guess it would be an understatement to say he was unpersuaded.
The senator, Jason Rapert, took to Facebook to post a video, in which he rambles for over 18 minutes, insisting that we are the bad guys of course. At about 14:30, he rips up our letter, making it perfectly clear that he’s going to continue with the project. The video is here. (One apt and humorous detail that’s hard to miss: throughout the video, Fox News is on the television in the background.)
More information about our complaint letter, including a link to the letter itself, can be found here. Rapert leads a national caucus of religious conservative legislators known as Appeal to Heaven, which says governing the nation according to “biblical principles” is part of its mission.