The mysterious guide stones of Georgia suffered significant damage after an apparent bomb attack. Residents reported hearing a loud explosion near their location around 4 a.m.
The GBI (Georgia Bureau of Investigation) told reporters that preliminary information suggests that someone used an explosive device to damage the pillars.
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The Elbert County Sheriff’s Office is working with the GBI to investigate the attack on the structure.
The guide stones—sometimes called America’s “Stonehenge” for their appearance after they were erected in 1980—consist of six granite slabs, with an inscription in eight different languages carved into the slabs.
The inscriptions contain guidelines (that’s why they are called guide stones) to strive for human progress.
Those recommendations include items such as “keeping humanity below 500m in perpetual balance with nature” and “uniting humanity with a new living language”.
Residents living near the statue said they felt and heard an explosion near the location of the stones around 4 a.m.
Chris Kubas, executive vice president of the Elberton Granite Association, said the stones had suffered superficial damage in the past, but Wednesday’s shelling far outweighed any previous damage it had sustained.
The Guidestones opened in 1980 and were commissioned by a “small group of loyal Americans” through a man using a pseudonym.
The owners of the Elberton Granite Finishing Company, which was commissioned to build the slabs, said the man claimed the monument was meant to act as a compass, calendar and clock that could withstand catastrophic events.
The company claims that it tried to dissuade the man from going ahead with the project by offering a comically inflated price for the project, but was surprised to find that the person accepted the quote.
The monument has become the focal point of conservative conspiracy theories in recent years, with accusations that the message on the slabs are instructions for the coming “new world order.”
Kandiss Taylor, a far-right conspiracy theorist who ran in the state’s Republican gubernatorial primary against incumbent Brian Kemp, made destroying the guide stones a central pillar of her campaign.
In a brilliant campaign video, he announced his “executive order 1,” which would see the monument demolished.
Throughout the video, she nods to other conservative talking points and conspiracy theories.
The video begins with a reference to a covid-19 vaccine conspiracy and Taylor exits saying that “more than four million people were injected with something that took only nine months to create. Ask yourself why.”
He then moves on to the demonic human sacrifice.
“Human sacrifice was a form of demonic worship, we still do it today by killing our unborn,” he says, as a graph of the number of abortions performed around the world appears on the screen. “It’s the same demons, the same sacrifice, the same sin, it’s just a different time.”
“The new world order is here and we were told it was coming,” she says.
Shortly after news broke that the stones had been damaged, instead of denouncing a protester’s destruction of private property, which is standard for most Republicans, he suggested that God brought down one of the stones. stones.
His video was posted on Twitter just two months before the explosion.
HBO’s John Oliver, host of Last Week Tonightlampooned Taylor and his strange stance against furries [fanáticos de animales antropomórficos] and the Georgia Guidestones, noting that his fixation with the monument was the linchpin of his campaign.
“That was the closing argument of his campaign,” Oliver said. “I’m going to pose the obvious question: hey, Kandiss Taylor, what the fuck are you talking about?”
Infamous conspiracy theorist Alex Jones also responded to the bombing, saying he enjoyed it on “an animal level” but ultimately disagreed with the attack.
“We need that evil building there as a confession letter run by a consortium of eugenicists,” he said.
Taylor was crushed in the Georgia Republican primary in May. Kemp won more than 70 percent of the vote, with former Sen. David Perdue coming in second with about 22 percent. Taylor got just 3 percent of the state’s vote.
Despite the gravity of his loss, he took a page out of the MAGA playbook and claimed that “cheaters” rigged the election against him.
“I want you to know that I am not giving in,” Taylor said in a video posted on social media. “I do not. And if the people who did this and cheated are watching, I don’t concede.”
MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell later promised to investigate the election loss.