He may not actually worship the Dark Lord — no, not Voldemort, the other one — but he sure does listen to his advice! The man who drove his car into the controversial Ten Commandments monument at the Oklahoma State Capitol building claims to have had divine inspiration, of sorts, for his actions: The devil made him do it.
Michael Tate Reed, 29, told investigators that Satan told him to urinate on the stone display, which he did, then destroy it, which he did. After he crashed a car through the building, he allegedly went inside the federal building and threatened the President of the United States, according to David Allison, assistant special agent in charge of the Oklahoma City field office of the Secret Service.
Reed reportedly said he would kill the President and spit on a photo of him, as well.
Crystal Tucker, Reed’s mother, says that her son is very ill, and he should not be judged by his actions. “He would never deface something that meant so much to him. He takes the Ten Commandments very seriously,” Tucker said. Reed has been suffering breakdowns for years since a work-related injury, but she says he is a very devout Christian.
“It all started after an injury at work four years ago,” Tucker said. “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.”
“Anyone who knows Michael, knows he loves his God,” Tucker said. “Right now, everyone is praying for him.”
Both the American Civil Liberties Union and the Satanic Temple have decried the action, despite the Temple’s wishes to donate a statue of Baphomet to accompany the Ten Commandments monument, and the ACLU’s desire to have the statue removed by legal means.
In a statement, the ACLU said:
“The ACLU of Oklahoma and our clients are outraged at this apparent act of vandalism. While we have and continue to seek the removal of the Ten Commandments monument from the Capitol grounds through the judicial process, the Ten Commandments constitute a strong foundation in our clients’ deeply held religious beliefs. To see the Ten Commandments desecrated by vandals is highly offensive to them as people of faith. Our Oklahoma and Federal Constitutions seek to create a society in which people of all faiths and those of no faith at all can coexist as equals without fear of repressions from the government or their neighbors. Whether it is politicians using religion as a political tool or vandals desecrating religious symbols, neither are living up to the full promise of our founding documents.”
Lucien Greaves of the Satanic Temple said that, unless the Ten Commandments monument is restored, they will not seek to erect the Baphomet statue.
The Satanic Temple was appalled to learn of the act of destructive vandalism laid upon the 10 Commandments monument in Oklahoma today. 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. If our monument stands at the state Capitol, we want it to compliment and contrast the 10 Commandments, with both standing unmolested as a testament to American religious freedom and tolerance. We hope that by respecting religious liberty in allowing our monument to be displayed, Oklahoma will help ameliorate any animosity between differing perspectives, not cultivate them.”“Ever since we began construction on our statue of Baphomet, we have received many angry letters from self-identified Christians who have sworn to destroy our monument immediately following its erection. We have also received no small amount of letters of support from self-identified Christians who approve of our efforts to assert our American Constitutional values of religious liberty. Zealots, acting under the label of any religion, are zealots just the same, and we hope everyone realizes how crass and deplorable even the suggestion of actions, such as that witnessed today, are. Reports currently maintain that the culprit was acting at the behest of voices in his head, and his actions seem to be a product of personal disturbance. Vandalism finds no support within the Satanic community.”“To be clear, The Satanic Temple will not seek to erect its monument unless the 10 Commandments is restored. Oklahoma City has the option to wait until the ACLU’s case regarding the legal status of the 10 Commandments is resolved before it permits its replacement. However, if the 10 Commandments is immediately reconstructed, our monument will be ready for unveiling quite soon.