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Explosion knock down Mysterious Monument in Georgia, Authorities Say

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One of the four granite panels of a rural Georgia monument that some conservative Christians condemned as satanic and others referred to as “America’s Stonehenge” was destroyed by a predawn blast on Wednesday.

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According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, an explosive device destroyed the Georgia Guidestones monument close to Elberton. The monument was later demolished “for safety reasons,” leaving a pile of wreckage in a photo that the investigators provided.

Just after 4 a.m., a strong explosion was captured on surveillance video shattering one panel. The video of a silver sedan departing the monument was also made public by the investigators.

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According to Chris Kubas, executive vice president of the Elbert Granite Association, after previous vandalism, video cameras stationed at the location were connected to the county’s emergency dispatch center.

The Georgia Guidestones monument outside Elberton, Georgia, was damaged on Wednesday, as can be seen in this overhead photo acquired from video.
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The mysterious roadside attraction was constructed in 1980 using local granite at the request of an unidentified person or group operating under the alias R.C. Christian.

According to Katie McCarthy, who conducts research on conspiracies for the Anti-Defamation League, “that’s given the guidestones a sort of mist of mystery about them, because the identity and intent of the individuals who commissioned them are unknown.” And thus, over the years, this has contributed to a lot of speculating and conspiracy theories regarding the true purpose of the guidestones.

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The 10-part message on the 16-foot-high (5-meter-high) panels offered advice on how to live in a “era of reason” in eight different languages. In one section, it was suggested that the world population be kept at 500 million or less, and in another, it was advised to “manage reproduction wisely—improving fitness and variety.”

As a sundial and astronomical calendar, it was also useful. However, the panels’ discussion of population control, eugenics, and global governance made them the target of far-right conspiracy theorists.

This aerial image taken from video shows damage to the Georgia Guidestones monument near Elberton, Ga., on Wednesday.
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With the development of the internet, Kubas claimed, the monument’s reputation grew to the point where thousands of people visited it every year as a wayside tourist destination.

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During Georgia’s May 24 gubernatorial primary, the site attracted new attention when third-place Republican candidate Kandiss Taylor called the guidestones satanic and pledged to destroy them. Late in May, a sketch by comedian John Oliver included Taylor and the Guidestones. McCarthy claimed that although they have been discussed in the past by right-wing figures like Alex Jones, “they sort of came back onto the public’s radar” as a result of Taylor.

“God exists solely as God. He is capable of doing anything, Taylor opined on social media on Wednesday. That also entails removing the Satanic Guidestone.

According to McCarthy, the statue had previously been defaced and was spray-painted in 2008 and 2014. The bombing, according to her, is another another illustration of how conspiracies “can and may have a real-world consequence.”

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We’ve seen this with QAnon and many other conspiracy theories, McCarthy said, that these ideas might inspire someone to want to act in support of these views. “They can try to target the institutions and people that are at the core of these incorrect beliefs.”

Kubas and many others saw the stones as a manual for reestablishing society after the end of the world.

It’s up to you to decide how you want to interpret them, Kubas stated.

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The location is close to the South Carolina state line, about 7 miles (11 km) north of Elberton and 90 miles (145 km) east of Atlanta. According to Kubas, the biggest local industry in the region, granite quarrying, employs roughly 2,000 people.

Authorities include the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Elberton police, and sheriff’s officers from Elbert County are investigating what transpired. A state highway that passes close to the scene was temporarily stopped while bomb squad personnel searched the area for evidence.

Kubas stated that it will be up to the local government and community leaders to decide who, if anyone, will pay for repair.

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Kubas added, “You didn’t have to come see it and read it if you didn’t like it. Sadly, someone made the decision that they didn’t want anyone to read it.

One of the four granite panels of a rural Georgia monument that some conservative Christians condemned as satanic and others referred to as “America’s Stonehenge” was destroyed by a predawn blast on Wednesday.

According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, an explosive device destroyed the Georgia Guidestones monument close to Elberton. The monument was later demolished “for safety reasons,” leaving a pile of wreckage in a photo that the investigators provided.

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Just after 4 a.m., a strong explosion was captured on surveillance video shattering one panel. The video of a silver sedan departing the monument was also made public by the investigators.

According to Chris Kubas, executive vice president of the Elbert Granite Association, after previous vandalism, video cameras stationed at the location were connected to the county’s emergency dispatch center.

The Georgia Guidestones monument outside Elberton, Georgia, was damaged on Wednesday, as can be seen in this overhead photo acquired from video.
WSB-TV/AP
The mysterious roadside attraction was constructed in 1980 using local granite at the request of an unidentified person or group operating under the alias R.C. Christian.

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According to Katie McCarthy, who conducts research on conspiracies for the Anti-Defamation League, “that’s given the guidestones a sort of mist of mystery about them, because the identity and intent of the individuals who commissioned them are unknown.” And thus, over the years, this has contributed to a lot of speculating and conspiracy theories regarding the true purpose of the guidestones.

The 10-part message on the 16-foot-high (5-meter-high) panels offered advice on how to live in a “era of reason” in eight different languages. In one section, it was suggested that the world population be kept at 500 million or less, and in another, it was advised to “manage reproduction wisely—improving fitness and variety.”

As a sundial and astronomical calendar, it was also useful. However, the panels’ discussion of population control, eugenics, and global governance made them the target of far-right conspiracy theorists.

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With the development of the internet, Kubas claimed, the monument’s reputation grew to the point where thousands of people visited it every year as a wayside tourist destination.

During Georgia’s May 24 gubernatorial primary, the site attracted new attention when third-place Republican candidate Kandiss Taylor called the guidestones satanic and pledged to destroy them. Late in May, a sketch by comedian John Oliver included Taylor and the Guidestones. McCarthy claimed that although they have been discussed in the past by right-wing figures like Alex Jones, “they sort of came back onto the public’s radar” as a result of Taylor.

“God exists solely as God. He is capable of doing anything, Taylor opined on social media on Wednesday. That also entails removing the Satanic Guidestone.

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According to McCarthy, the statue had previously been defaced and was spray-painted in 2008 and 2014. The bombing, according to her, is another another illustration of how conspiracies “can and may have a real-world consequence.”

We’ve seen this with QAnon and many other conspiracy theories, McCarthy said, that these ideas might inspire someone to want to act in support of these views. “They can try to target the institutions and people that are at the core of these incorrect beliefs.”

Kubas and many others saw the stones as a manual for reestablishing society after the end of the world.

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It’s up to you to decide how you want to interpret them, Kubas stated.

The location is close to the South Carolina state line, about 7 miles (11 km) north of Elberton and 90 miles (145 km) east of Atlanta. According to Kubas, the biggest local industry in the region, granite quarrying, employs roughly 2,000 people.

Authorities include the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Elberton police, and sheriff’s officers from Elbert County are investigating what transpired. A state highway that passes close to the scene was temporarily stopped while bomb squad personnel searched the area for evidence.

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Kubas stated that it will be up to the local government and community leaders to decide who, if anyone, will pay for repair.

Kubas added, “You didn’t have to come see it and read it if you didn’t like it. Sadly, someone made the decision that they didn’t want anyone to read it.

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