‘Gods Not Dead’ Film Execs gave $25k to fix 10 commandments
July 10, 2017
$25,000 was donated by the executive producers of the film “God’s Not Dead” to replace a Ten Commandments in Arkansas after the original was smashed on the grounds of the state Capitol.
The day after the 6ft tall stone inscribed 10 commandments was put up in Arkansas on the grounds of the Capital is was pushed over and shattering the granite into pieces according to police reports. Michael Tate Reed was the of perpetrator. He was arrested at the scene and currently faces misdemeanor charges of defacing an object of public respect and criminal trespass, and first-degree criminal mischief, a felony and is being held on $100,000 bond.
Arkansas Online reported that, the original God’s Not Dead follows a college student who argues about the existence of God with an unbelieving professor. The follow-up, God’s Not Dead 2, was filmed in Little Rock in 2015, the same year state Sen. Jason Rapert, R-Bigelow, sponsored a bill to get the Ten Commandments tribute installed. The two movies grossed more than $80 million combined, according to Box Office Mojo, a website that tracks movie revenue.
God’s Not Dead 3 will be filming in Little Rock in the fall, Rapert said.
At Thursday’s news conference, representatives from PureFlix Entertainment and GND Media Group joined Rapert at the Capitol rotunda to present him with a $25,000 donation.
Bob Katz and Troy Duhon, executive producers for the series, contacted Gov. Asa Hutchinson after the monument’s destruction and offered the money, according to a news release.
Duhon spoke briefly at Thursday’s news conference and said his son asked him the previous night why it was important to rebuild the tribute.
“Tell me what America would look like if Americans honored the Ten Commandments,” Duhon told him.
Rapert told reporters at a news conference June 28 that he had no intent to use taxpayer dollars for the new stone. The original was paid for by $26,000 in private funds raised by the American History & Heritage Foundation, which Rapert created.
Including the $25,000 gift, roughly $55,000 in total has been raised in private donations since the monument was destroyed, the senator said Thursday. People have sent in money online through a fundraising website and given by mail and in person, he said.