Part of a Georgia memorial despised by right-wing conspiracy theorists was reduced to rubble by an explosion Wednesday morning, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said.
The bombing targeted the Georgia Guidestones, a series of mysterious 19-foot-tall plaques inscribed with messages that appear to offer advice on how humanity should recover from an apocalyptic event. Images posted by the website on social media appeared to show that one of the memorial’s four main panels had been destroyed in the bombing.
The blast was carried out by “unknown persons” around 4 a.m., according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. A local TV station reported that nearby residents heard an explosion-like sound around the same time.
The Guidestones, which stand in a field in rural Elberton, GA, have been the focus of the attention of conspiracy theorists since they were erected in 1979 at the behest of an unknown patron. The plaques are inscribed with a series of admonitions, including a call to keep the world’s population below 500 million people — advice that conspiracy theorists like InfoWars boss Alex Jones have taken as evidence of an elite conspiracy to kill most of humanity kill.
Jones responded to the attack in a Wednesday broadcast of his online show, saying he appreciated the image of the bombed-out memorial “on an animal level” but criticized the destruction itself.
“We need that nasty building over there as a confession letter run by a consortium of eugenicists,” Jones said.
While the Guiding Stones have been repeatedly criticized by pastors for decades over fears that they could become a place of satanic worship, attacks on the Guiding Stones have reached new levels of intensity in the past decade. Kandiss Taylor, a former far-right Republican gubernatorial candidate, tried to make the guiding stones a campaign issue before her first defeat earlier this year. Taylor recorded video of herself driving to Elberton to “face” the Guiding Stones and vowed to issue an executive order if elected to order their destruction.
Taylor seemed to do it welcome the bombing in a tweet on Wednesday.
“God is God alone,” Taylor tweeted. “He can do ANYTHING he wants. This includes knocking down satanic guiding stones.”
This isn’t the first time the Lodestones have been attacked by vandals, although never before have attacks reached this scale. In the past, vandals have daubed the guiding stones with messages about the “New World Order” and the devil. As a result of these earlier crimes, a security camera was placed near the Guiding Stones.
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