Explosion damages ‘American Stonehenge’ — RT World Information

The mysterious and controversial granite monument in rural Georgia was a vacationer attraction

A mystery-shrouded monument within the US state of Georgia was severely broken in an explosion early on Wednesday. State and native authorities are investigating the incident as a bombing. The granite Georgia Guidestones have been inbuilt 1980 and featured messages for humanity in eight languages with a dedication to the “Age of Purpose.”

“The preliminary data signifies that unknown people detonated an explosive gadget at round 4:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July sixth,” the Georgia Bureau of Investigation mentioned in an announcement, including that authorities in Elbert County requested for its help with the investigation. The location is at present cordoned off till bomb disposal technicians can study it.

One of many wings of the monument has been “utterly destroyed” and the capstone broken, in accordance with Christopher Kubas, government vp of the Elberton Granite Affiliation.

Helicopter footage taken by the Greenville, South Carolina-based WYFF-TV reveals one of many 4 vertical pillars in items on the bottom, with two main chunks lacking from the horizontal slab on high of the monument. 

“I’m unhappy for the US and for the world,” mentioned Kubas, declaring that the monument was a significant vacationer attraction, with as much as 20,000 individuals coming to go to yearly.

Whereas the messages inscribed on the monument have been thought-about controversial by some, Kubas mentioned they could have been meant for some future generations, “after perhaps a cataclysmic occasion,” to keep away from making the identical errors as their ancestors.

Envisioned because the US model of the well-known Stonehenge megalith in England, the Georgia Guidestones have been carved out of native granite in 1979 and unveiled in 1980. The thriller man who commissioned the monument, who used the pseudonym Robert C. Christian, mentioned he represented  “a small group of loyal People,” and paid high greenback for the makers to observe his very particular plans.

The construction is positioned about 90 miles (140 km) east of town of Atlanta, at an elevation of 750 ft (230m) above sea stage. It was precisely 19 ft 3 inches (5.87m) tall and integrated 107 metric tons of granite.

“Let these be guidestones to an Age of Purpose,” mentioned a smaller plaque erected off to the facet. On the pillars themselves, ten messages have been carved in eight languages – English, Spanish, Swahili, Hindi, Hebrew, Arabic, Chinese language, and Russian. It was not clear which languages have been on the pillar that was destroyed.

The messages themselves have attracted controversy through the years. The pillars posited that the human inhabitants shouldn’t exceed 500 million for “perpetual steadiness with nature” and urged replica to be guided “properly — bettering health and variety.” One new dwelling language ought to unite all humanity, whereas all issues ought to be dominated “with tempered motive” and private rights ought to be balanced with “social duties,” amongst different exhortations. 

Critics have accused the monument of selling “satanism” and anti-Christian values. One of many Republican candidates within the Georgia gubernatorial primaries in Might advocated for its demolition as a part of her platform. She ended up with lower than 4% of the vote. 

The Guidestones have been defaced with graffiti and paint twice earlier than, in 2008 and 2014. After the 2014 incident, the Granite Affiliation put up surveillance cameras across the website, so there’s a risk Wednesday’s bombing was caught on video.

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