Bomb-damaged Georgian monument some say satanic

ELBERTON, Ga. (AP) — A rural Georgia landmark that some conservative Christians have called satanic was bombed before dawn Wednesday, damaging one of four granite panels that some people have dubbed “America’s Stonehenge.”

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said the Georgia Guidestones monument near Elberton was damaged by an explosive device.

Elberton Granite Association executive vice president Chris Kubas told local media that the monument was significantly damaged. Footage and drone footage shows one of four rubble stone panels on the ground.

The enigmatic roadside attraction was built in 1980 from local granite, commissioned by an unknown person or group by the name of RC Christian. The 19-foot-tall (6-meter-tall) panels carry a 10-part message in eight different languages ​​with advice for living to an “age of reason”. One part calls for keeping the world’s population at 500 million or less, while another calls for “guiding reproduction wisely – improving fitness and diversity”.

It also serves as a sundial and astronomical calendar.

The roadside attraction received renewed attention during Georgia’s gubernatorial primary on May 24 when third-place Republican candidate Kandiss Taylor claimed the guiding stones were satanic and called for their demolition part of its platform.

The site is approximately 7 miles (11 kilometers) north of Elberton, near the South Carolina state line. Granite quarrying is a prominent local industry.

GBI says the bomb appears to have detonated around 4 a.m., with sheriff’s deputies responding to uncover the damage. Some residents told local news outlets they heard an explosion at the time.

Elbert County Sheriff’s Deputies, Elberton Police and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation were among the agencies trying to figure out what happened.

The monument had already been vandalized.

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