Faux Stonehenge in Georgia blown up

Rural America has many roadside attractions, some amusing, some religious, most of them kitschy. My attention was caught by a news item a couple of days ago about a faux Stonehenge granite monument in rural Georgia called the Georgia Guidestones that had a mysterious origin and aroused quite a bit of controversy and, this being America, conspiracy theorizing. It had to be demolished after unknown persons exploded a device that had damaged part of it and rendered it unstable.

The 19ft-high (5.8m) structure near Elberton, east of Atlanta, was commissioned by a person or a group under the pseudonym RC Christian.

On 22 March 1980, the Georgia Guidestones, weighing 119 tons, were revealed to a crowd of about 100 people.

One crowd member, a local pastor, immediately professed his belief that the stones were built for cult and devil worship because of their similar appearance to Stonehenge.

The state tourist website ExploreGeorgia.org says the monument serves “as an astronomical calendar, and every day at noon the sun shines through a narrow hole in the structure and illuminates the day’s date on an engraving”.

The Georgia Guidestones have long been a focus for conspiracy theories. Some believe the monument to be “Satanic” and a “portal to hell”.

The Covid pandemic and the global vaccination programme gave a new boost to these conspiracies. Kandis Taylor, a losing candidate in Georgia’s Republican gubernatorial primary, pledged to destroy the stones as part of her campaign.

News of the monument’s demolition has been cheered in some online circles. Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones said he enjoyed the bombing of the stones “at an animal level”, but added he would like them to stand as an “evil edifice” exposing depopulation plans.

As one might have been expected, there are already dark suggestions that there is more to this act than just vandalism.

The reason this item caught my eye was because just two months ago John Oliver had an amusing segment about this very monument and Taylor, throwing furries into the mix. In the end, he revealed something that his team had just uncovered about who the mysterious ‘RC Christian’ may have been. If what they found is correct, ‘RC Christian’ may have had an agenda that both Taylor and Jones would approve of, so their glee at the demolishing may have been misplaced.

Oliver also said that ‘RC Christian’ had instructed the builder that the monument should be “capable of withstanding the most catastrophic events”. Clearly it could not. They should ask for their money back.


  1. Reginald Selkirk says

    They should ask for their money back.

    Since the work was commissioned over 40 years ago, there is a good chance that RC Christian is dead.
    I have been to the Georgia Guidestones. I haven’t been to Stonehenge, but I suspect it would have been better than the guidestones.

  2. raven says

    This was a terrorist act by fundie xians.

    Georgia prosecutor calls explosion at ‘America’s Stonehenge’ an act of domestic terrorism
    July 7, 2022, 7:13 PM PDT

    The fundie xians kept on calling the site satanic, despite there being zero evidence for anything satanic and satan himself having the problem of not actually existing.

    Wikipedia: The inscription read:[14]

    Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature.
    Guide reproduction wisely – improving fitness and diversity.
    Unite humanity with a living new language.
    Rule passion – faith – tradition – and all things with tempered reason.
    Protect people and nations with fair laws and just courts.
    Let all nations rule internally resolving external disputes in a world court.
    Avoid petty laws and useless officials.
    Balance personal rights with social duties.
    Prize truth – beauty – love – seeking harmony with the infinite.
    Be not a cancer on the Earth – Leave room for nature – Leave room for nature.

    Arguable but nothing particularly controversial.
    Unless you call, “Protect people and nations with fair laws and just courts.” satanic.

  3. brightmoon says

    This is why I hated that superstitious streak that the more southern born members of my mother’s family have. I just thought of it as being a ridiculous waste of time and energy as a child. As an adult I think this type of thinking is actually dangerous!

  4. txpiper says

    Some think that Rosicrucians commissioned the stones. The world population cap of 500 million people was obviously ignored by whoever they were appealing to. There were about 4.5 billion carbon generators in 1980, and about 8 billion now.

  5. larpar says

    That advice wasn’t for the current population. It was for the survivors of a global catastrophe, like a nuclear war, that wiped out most of the current population.

  6. Reginald Selkirk says

    @2: Rule passion – faith – tradition – and all things with tempered reason.

    This is obviously the Satanic one(/s). Rule faith with reason? Martin Luther knew what Reason is.

    Reason is the Devil’s greatest whore. -- Martin Luther

  7. johnson catman says

    Wow. Destroying some piece of art or architecture because it doesn’t align with your personal beliefs. Sounds like they have a lot in common with ISIS.

  8. mediagoras says

    Apparently, if it’s not the Ten Commandments or a giant relief of Stonewall Jackson, it’s idolatry and, therefore, satanic.

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