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Christian film producers to fund rebuilding of biblical monument

by Tola Mbakwe

This comes after police accused Michael Tate Reed from Van Buren, Arkansas of crashing his vehicle into the statue outside the Arkansas state Capitol building just 24 hours after the statue was erected.

During a Facebook Live video posted on the account of a user called Michael Reed, a man is heard growling "Oh my goodness. Freedom!" before his vehicle collides with the statue.

According to local media outlet Arkansas Online, representatives of PureFlix Entertainment and GND Media Group who created the God's Not Dead film series, presented Arkansas State Sen. Jason Rapert with a $25,000 cheque at a ceremony in the Capitol last week.

The senator was the one who spear-headed the monument's installation.

When it was demolished on 28 June, the state politician said: "Obviously, I'm very disappointed that someone would carry out an act of violence that's actually against the people of Arkansas."

God's Not Dead 2 was filmed in Little Rock, Arkansas and the next instalment of the film will also be filmed there.

Arkansas Online reported that the new monument is estimated to take two months to complete and install. In efforts to prevent another demolition, the statue will be accompanied by additional security measures.

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