Someone destroyed the mysterious Georgia Guidestones monument. Nevertheless, people are seeing it worldwide, perhaps more than ever before.
If you recall, the end of 2020 saw a global monolith craze seemingly inspired by Stanley Kubrick’s 2001 A Space Odyssey. Now, in July 2022, international news is covering the Georgia Guidestones, a roadside attraction for 42 years. Over the years, people have vandalized it many times.
Like the earlier monolith craze, stories about the stones dubbed “the American Stonehenge” are mysterious and have captured the imaginations of numerous conspiracy theorists. In this case, the 19-foot tall granite tablets erected in 1979 became the target of right-wing conspiracy theorists who decided the stones were satanic.
For one example, former Georgia gubernatorial primary candidate and educator Kandiss Taylor claimed the Guidestones were the work of a “Luciferian Cabal.” Issuing what she called “Executive Order #10, she announced plans in May to demolish the Georgia Guidestones (legally) if elected.
Ironically, a Christian white supremacist may have commissioned the structure. (see video below)
“God is God all by Himself. He can do ANYTHING He wants to do. That includes striking down Satanic Guidestones,” Taylor wrote on her Facebook page on Wednesday morning.
Below, John Oliver hilariously dissects Taylor’s campaign and the “Silly Southern-Fried Stonehenge.”
Video by Last Week Tonight:
A Small Group of Americans Who Seek the Age of Reason
The Guidestones stood in a field in rural Elberton, Georgia commissioned by someone using the pseudonym Robert C. Christian. As Oliver pointed out above, footage indicated Christian may have been an alleged eugenics supporter who supported white supremacist David Duke.
After approaching the Elberton Granite Finishing Company, R. Christian asked for a structure that would function like a compass, calendar, and clock. He wanted it to withstand “catastrophic events” in a post-apocalyptic world. Or perhaps, after the End Times?
He gave the company a scale model with 10 pages of specifications and said a “small group of loyal Americans who believed in God and country” had planned the structure for 20 years, reported the Independent.
The project sponsors were “a small group of Americans who seek the Age of Reason.” Not very satanic in tone, is it?
Likewise, the messages inscribed in English, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Hindi, Arabic, Swahili, and Hebrew sound less than demonic.
Ten Guiding Principles of the Georgia Guidestones
The first message:
- “Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature.”
Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones saw this message as evidence of an elite plot against humanity. Likewise, Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene told Jones in an interview she believed the stones represented a future of “population control” envisioned by the “hard left.”
- “Guide reproduction wisely — improving fitness and diversity.”
Again, this inscription takes on new meaning if R. Christian was a believer in eugenics. However, the remaining of the ten guiding principles (commandments?) sound pretty benign.
- “Unite humanity with a living new language.”
- “Rule passion — faith — tradition — and all things with tempered reason.”
- “Protect people and nations with fair laws and just courts.”
- “Let all nations rule internally, resolving external disputes in a world court.”
- “Avoid petty laws and useless officials.”
- “Balance personal rights with social duties.”
- “Prize truth — beauty — love — seeking harmony with the infinite.”
- “Be not a cancer on the Earth — Leave room for nature — Leave room for nature.”
Intended for the Future
According to Chris Kubas of the Elberton Granite Association, the structure was intended for “a future population after a cataclysmic event.” But conspiracy theorists insist R. Christian created the Guidestones for an evil “new world order.”
Again, R. Christian and his group were supposedly Christians. Therefore, we could infer that whoever came after this cataclysmic event might be the meek, for they shall inherit the Earth, right? It’s a little confusing but for whatever reason, this stone structure was the focus of much fear, outrage, and eventual violence.
Words that even suggest violence have consequences, cause and effect, as those who study history are aware.
Who Blew Up the Georgia Guidestones?
Regardless of the real intent of the Georgia Guidestones, someone blew it up, leading to the complete demolition of the structure for “safety reasons.” One reason was to prevent tourists from seeking souvenirs in a dangerous setting. In reaction to the explosion, Kandiss Taylor stated that she does not support illegal vandalism. However, she added, “sometimes people like to call vandalism instead of actually giving God credit because they don’t know how to explain what happens when God moves.”
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation caught the scene on video showing a silver vehicle and someone running quickly away.
Video from FOX 5 Atlanta:
The Human Story of the Georgia Guidestones
Following the incident, the Elberton Star released a “special edition” about the Guidestones. In an article by Rose Scoggins, they call the bombing an act of “domestic terrorism.”
“It makes me very angry that someone took it upon themselves to bomb the Guidestones,” said Peggy Grosse, who lived nearby and felt the blast.
“You just can’t go around bombing things that you don’t like. It makes me sad because [the Guide- stones] were revenue for Elbert County,” said Grosse. “People would spend money in Elberton or Hartwell and that’s revenue that is going to be lost.”
The town is called the Granite Capital of the United States, and the work was called “the most mysterious and grand” display of the county’s “illustrious granite industry.”
According to the post, the Guidestones were quarried from Pyramid Quarry, with Pyramid Blue Granite. The chosen site was the highest in Elbert County.
In response to the incident, the local Chamber of Commerce stated:
“The Elbert County Chamber of Commerce was saddened to learn of the recent criminal attack on our community and the intentional destruction of Elbert County’s most frequently visited attraction, the Georgia Guidestones.”
A Pagan Religious Monument?
After Kandiss Taylor announced plans to demolish the Guidestones if elected, Clint Harper, a pastor and former commissioner, reportedly spoke at the June meeting of the Elbert County Board of Commissioners. He claimed the “pagan” “religious monument” was pro-abortion and Planned Parenthood. Further, he said the message on it advocated genocide, but the commissioners disagreed.
“We are not advocating the nonsense on those monuments,” said Commissioner Daughtry. “You looked at it and saw abortion in big letters, which I’ve looked at it, and I did not see that. It’s been there for years. People pull off the interstate and come and spend their money at local businesses after they look at a funny monument.”
“I’ve never known anyone other than Kandiss Taylor to consider this a statement of faith,” Daughtry continued.
After refusing a vote to dismantle the monument, Harper moved to petition the board to place a “cross and 10 commandments monument” at the Guidestones site.
“I am petitioning this board, if you’re not going to tear them down, give Christians, me, fair access to public land,” he said.
However, the board informed him that they can’t legally allow religious monuments on government property. Moreover, they did not see the Guidestones as a religious monument.
For now, America remains a place that values the freedom to practice any religion in groups elsewhere, such as in a church or home, including “pagan” religions. This includes the freedom not to practice or follow any religious ideology or dogma. Praying or meditating individually can be done anywhere, anytime. Some still don’t seem to understand this in 2022, a year when the Supreme Court has been willing to “poke holes in the barrier between church and state,” as NBC noted.
“This Court continues to dismantle the wall of separation between church and state that the Framers fought to build,” Justice Sonia Sotomayor said in a dissent to Carson v. Makin.
According to Kandiss Taylor, who ran on a “Jesus, Guns, and Babies” platform, “the church runs the state of Georgia.”
In the end, the Georgia Guidestones might be a good reminder of why the separation of church and state is essential in a free country and must remain so.
Guidestone rule Number Seven:
“Avoid petty laws and useless officials.”
Video from WYFF News 4: