A morning attack led to the demolition of the Georgia Guidestones, a roadside attraction about 90 miles east of Atlanta that draws thousands of visitors each year and has been at the center of a conservative Christian conspiracy theory which claims that the structure has satanic undertones.
Around 4 a.m. on July 6, security cameras captured an explosion that destroyed one of the four panels that make up the Guidestones and a silver sedan was driven from the scene. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) posted the images on Twitter later in the day, which show shards of granite flying off the massive structure after the explosion and a thick gray cloud shrouding the site. The GBI also tweeted that the structure, for safety reasons, was later demolished.
The Georgia Guidestones have an enigmatic past, which has made them an easy target for conspiracy theories and rampant speculation. Built in 1980, the four slabs of polished granite, each weighing 20 tons, have been inscribed with ten New Age life suggestions that have the slightest hint of having been written by a fervent eugenicist. The first two edicts unveil the plot. Number one: “to keep humanity below 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature”. Number two: “guide breeding wisely – improve fitness and diversity”. The others follow in nature, but tend more to encourage respect for nature, balance and reason.
According to archival news reports, the structure was envisioned and funded by a group of citizens represented by a mysterious man named Robert C. Christian, who believed the world was on the brink of nuclear catastrophe and wanted to help guide future generations who survived the fallout. . The tips are written in eight different languages - English, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Arabic, Hebrew, Hindi and Swahili – each on a different side of the pale gray tiles. On the sides, written in Egyptian hieroglyphs, classical Greek, Sanskrit, and Babylonian cuneiform, the grand purpose of the structure is plainly written: “Let these be the cornerstones of an age of reason.”
The structure, a kind of Cold War Stonehenge, also had a few astronomical features that made it ripe for conspiracy theorists. An eye hole drilled into the center column points to the Pole Star, and a long slit in the column aligns with the solar solstices and equinoxes. And in case the anticipated nuclear explosion had destroyed all the timepieces in the world, another hole was drilled in the cornerstone of the structure which cast a beam of sunlight onto the central stone every day at noon.
Before they were completed, the Guidestones were considered suspicious, if not downright evil. During construction, a local minister from the town of Elberton, where the structure was built, said he believed the site would become a cradle for occult groups and that “one day a sacrifice would take place there” , according to a report by Wired. Most recently failed Republican candidate for governor Kandiss Taylor, who presented herself as the “only candidate bold enough to stand up to the Luciferian cabal,” said the stones were satanic and pledged to tear them down as part of her campaign. “God is God alone” Taylor tweeted after the attack. “He can do ANYTHING he wants to do. That includes destroying Satanic Guidestones.
It is unclear whether any gods were involved in the bombing or the driving of the silver sedan. According to a NPR reportElbert County Sheriff’s Deputies, Elberton Police and the GBI are among the agencies investigating the attack and there are currently no suspects.