An explosion on Wednesday shook a Georgia tourist attraction that had become a campaign focus of a far-right GOP candidate for governor, who described it as satanic and vowed to demolish it.
In an email, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation told BuzzFeed News that unknown individuals detonated an explosive device at the Georgia Guidestones around 4 a.m. Wednesday, destroying much of the granite structure. The investigation is active and ongoing, and the Elbert County Sheriff’s Office and the GBI are investigating the location.
Kandiss Taylor, who sought the GOP nomination for governor on the platform of “Jesus, Guns and Babies”, had promised to sign an executive order to dismantle the monument if elected, and produced a campaign video promising “the Satanic to demolish Georgia Guidestones”. (They eventually only receive 3.4% of the vote in the May Republican primaries.)
The Georgia Guidestones, also known as the ‘American Stonehenge’, have regularly been the subject of conspiracy theories. The 16-meter-tall stones are inscribed with 10 guidelines in eight modern languages and four ancient scripts, and they can be seen as a compass, calendar, survival guide to catastrophic events – or, most importantly, the message about keeping the world’s population to 500 million, like something sinister.
The monument has been the center of much speculation since 1979, when a man named Robert C. Christian who said he represented “a small group of loyal Americans,” commissioned Elberton Granite Finishing to install it; it is unclear why. Yoko Ono has praised the monument, while others have said it belongs to the Antichrist, according to wired†
In her campaign, Taylor linked the monument to her mistrust of the COVID-19 vaccine, abortion as “demonic worship” and the New World Order, the long-standing (and baseless) conspiracy to create an authoritarian globalist government.
“If we don’t proclaim things, and we don’t recognize them, and we don’t take authority and dominion over what God has given us, then we’re no better than the evil ones who set it up,” Taylor said. in the video.
GBI did not respond to questions about whether they believe Taylor had any connection to the explosion, and Taylor did not respond to BuzzFeed News’ request for comment. On Wednesday, after news of the explosion broke, Taylor tweeted, “God is God all alone. He can do anything He wants.”
The monument has been vandalized before and others have also called for it to be removed.
At a county board meeting in June, a pastor asked the board to remove the Guidestones. Elberton Star & Examiner reported†
“I’ve never known anyone other than Kandiss Taylor to take this as a profession of faith,” Crown Prosecutor Bill Daughtry said, according to the paper.
“It’s just a tourist attraction,” he continued. “We don’t have to disagree with it or understand it. You looked at it and saw abortion in big print, which I looked at and I haven’t seen that. It’s been there for years. People are driving off the highway and come to spend their money with local businesses after looking at a funny monument.”