‘Everyone Knows He Loves God’: Man Who Smashed 10 Commandments and Blamed Satan Was Devout Christian
The Ten Commandments monument on the Oklahoma Capitol grounds has been a source of controversy since it was erected. Now it has been destroyed.
This week, a 29-year-old man peed on the religious monument and then smashed it with his car. He then ran into the nearby federal building and threatened the President of the United States.
When investigators asked Michael Tate Reed the reason for his rampage, he gave a simple answer. The devil made him do it.
Yet, despite the fact the Oklahoma government is locked in a battle with the Satanic Temple over the religious image in the public space, the man had nothing to do with the Satanist group. He has been a devout Christian for years.
Reed’s mom said that she thinks her son must of come unhinged, because he loves God and his Christian faith very much.
“He would never deface something that meant so much to him. He takes the Ten Commandments very seriously,” Crystal Tucker said.
She also said the trouble with Reed – and his breakdowns – started after he got hurt at work.
“Now, when he has these breakdowns, the one thing that is foremost in his mind, his religion, is the thing he takes it out on,” she said. “Anyone who knows Michael, knows he loves his God. Right now, everyone is praying for him.”
Shortly after his arrest, Reed was transferred to a mental health facility where he is being evaluated.
In the meantime, the Satanic Temple has made it clear that unless the Ten Commandments statue is resurrected, they will not continue with their proposed statue of Baphomet on the capitol grounds.
“The Satanic Temple was appalled to learn of the act of destructive vandalism laid upon the 10 Commandments monument in Oklahoma today,” Lucian Greaves said after the news broke of the incident. “As many are aware, we are seeking to have a Satanic monument erected alongside the 10 Commandments – and only alongside the 10 Commandments. We do not want our monument to stand alone.”