By Hemant Mehta
The other day, I mentioned that four women had “anointed” the stand-alone Ten Commandments monument outside the Arkansas State Capitol. The women weren’t charged with any crimes mostly because Capitol officials said there wasn’t any criminal intent and no clear cut evidence of damage, at least at the time.
I wanted to ask State Sen. Jason Rapert, who put up that monument, if he was bothered by the anointing, especially if it caused any damage, but instead of responding, he called me a “little scumbag” and threatened me.
Anyway. We now know how much the olive oil “blessing” cost to clean up, courtesy of Max Brantley at the Arkansas Times, who inquired about the matter.
In order to clean the granite with chemicals to remove all oil stains, and to pressure wash the monument with hot water and light pressure afterwards, it’ll cost $850. At least that’s what the estimate is from one company; the final invoice hasn’t been sent to the state yet.
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