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March 17, 2004

Ten Commandments a Pagan plot.

by Feòrag

United States: Police are sure that the usual suspect was not responsible for driving a white Jeep into a Ten Commandments monument on private land in Anderson, Indiana.

If history is an indicator, the usual suspect in this caper would be Stephen M. Schroeder, 42, Indianapolis. Indeed, he did damage this particular marker five times when it was on the Statehouse lawn, refusing to pay a $2,500 fine on principle and serving 90 days in jail. But when contacted Monday about the Anderson attack, he pointed out he goes after offending markers on public grounds only. He was genuinely surprised, he said, to hear the news.

But is Schroeder a principled campaigner supporting the separation of church and state. Erm, no.

I didn't even know they'd put it back up, said Schroeder, who describes himself as Christian, Protestant, anti-Catholic and anti-Mason. He's also an articulate, single-minded warehouse supervisor. His mission? To expose Indiana's role as the supreme capital of pagan worship.

After he last demolished the monument, it was returned to the organisation which donated it, The Fraternal Order of Eagles (a mixed-sex voluntary organisation which raises money for charities, a bit like the Rotary Clubs), who erected it at their own lodge.

Now, most fundie hate-campaigners try to maintain the façade that they are acting out of love. Schroeder does not have time for such pleasantries:

Schroeder did not hate the marker because he hates God. He doesn't. He hates pagans, and he maintains this marker was a sneaky pagan plot...
Schroeder contends the image was a Masonic symbol. Free Masonry, he says, is the biggest pagan religion there is. That's what offended him so about the marker.
Frank Morrison, 73, a retired firefighter and president of the Anderson Eagles, seemed a little offended himself. He says flatly that Eagles are not Masons, and Masons are not pagans. He could not recall the symbol Schroeder describes, although if there was one, It may have been covered by the re-dedication plaque, he says, after the marker was repaired in 1998.

Even though the police do not suspect Schroeder in this case, the timing is terribly convenient for him, ensuring that this little notice appears in the newspapers:

Still, what went down in Anderson provides an opening for Schroeder to continue his longtime expose of Indy's pagan symbolism. Did you know, he asks, that the entire Downtown is teeming with diabolic images on public buildings? He will present his views at 1 p.m. March 27 at the House Cafe in Glendale Mall.

On Commandments monument, he finds a pagan plot - Indianapolis Star, 16th March 2004.

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