Vandals Topple Ten Commandments Near Sup. Court

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WASHINGTON - Vandals knocked down a prominent monument of the Ten Commandments facing the U.S. Supreme Court this past weekend.

The 850-pound monument was shoved down so no one could read the commandments. It sits in front of the Christian ministry Faith and Action.

The structure had been reinforced with a steel bar and would have taken at least four large adults to shove it over, Rev. Rob Schenck, who leads the ministry, explained.

Schenck said he doesn't believe it was a mere act of vandalism.

"If this were a synagogue or a mosque, there's no doubt this would be labeled a hate crime," he said.

Schenck told CBN News that Faith and Action has a special message for the perpetrators: they plan to sign a legal document fully forgiving those perpetrators and pledging not to press charges.

All they ask in exchange is for those who attacked the monument to come have lunch and explain what they have against the Ten Commandments.

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