LITTLE ROCK — An Arkansas state Senator has created a GoFundMe account to raise money to pay for a Ten Commandments monument on the state Capitol grounds.

LITTLE ROCK — An Arkansas state Senator has created a GoFundMe account to raise money to pay for a Ten Commandments monument on the state Capitol grounds.


By late Thursday afternoon the account had received 13 donations for a total of $1,545. In a statement posted Wednesday to the account’s page on the GoFundMe site, Sen. Jason Rapert, R-Conway, said his goal is to raise $16,635 over the next two weeks.


Rapert said in the statement that the nonprofit American History and Heritage Foundation had pledged to install the monument in Arkansas and has plans to install others in locations across the U.S. He said he previously received $1,000 toward the projected $12,635 cost to make, transport and install the monument, and he is seeking an additional $5,000 to cover any incidental expenses related to the project.


Last spring, Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed into law a bill by Rapert calling for the installation of a Ten Commandments monument on the Capitol grounds, with the project to be funded privately.


The law states that the "placing of a monument to the Ten Commandments on the grounds of the Arkansas State Capitol would help the people of the United States and of the State of Arkansas to know the Ten Commandments as the moral foundation of the law."


Since the measure became law, the Satanic Temple, the Universal Society of Hinduism, and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals have sought approval to install displays at the Capitol, arguing that the state cannot discriminate in favor of a Ten Commandments display and against other displays. The secretary of state’s office, which maintains the Capitol grounds, has not granted any of those requests.