Producers for the hit Christian movie series “God’s Not Dead” have donated $25,000 to help rebuild a destroyed Ten Commandments statue on state capitol grounds in Little Rock, Arkansas.
The statue had been destroyed less than 24 hours after it had been completed on June 28, 2017. A man struck the the statue with his car.
"We felt it was a grave injustice on several levels," Robert Katz, an executive producer for "God's Not Dead," told LifeZette in a phone interview.
Private donors initially raised more than $26,000 for the monument. Now donors have raised $55,000 for the statue's reconstruction.
Pure Flix Entertainment and GND Media Groups — the makers of "God's Not Dead" and "God's Not Dead 2" — presented the American Heritage and History Foundation with a $25,000 check last week for the monument.
Katz said the Ten Commandments are the "foundation upon which we stand" and not merely a religious symbol. He said the commandments are the "underpinning" of all laws in this country and "the underpinning of Judeo-Christian beliefs."
"Regardless of your beliefs, if everybody in this country just obeyed the Ten Commandments, what kind of country would this be? It would be even more incredible than it already is," Katz said.
"We hope our donation will contribute to the costs to rebuild this beautiful landmark," Pure Flix COO Steve Fedyski said in a statement. "Little Rock — and Arkansas in general — have been very hospitable to us, and we want give back to the community in a meaningful way."
The original "God's Not Dead" movie is about a college student who tries to prove the existence of God after he challenged the curriculum of his philosophy professor. Portions of the movie were filmed in Little Rock; the entire "God's Not Dead 2" was shot in Little Rock.
"Please help us rebuild the Arkansas Ten Commandments Monument — we have already ordered the replacement and will be building more all over the country," the American Heritage and History Foundation wrote on Facebook on June 28.
Executive producers Troy Duhon and Katz presented State Sen. Jason Rapert with the $25,000 check in a ceremony at the state capitol building, as Arkansas Online reported.
"God's Not Dead 3" will pick up where the last film left off, Katz told LifeZette. "We bring it back to the campus like the original 'God's Not Dead,'" he said. This newest film is slated to begin filming this fall — in Little Rock.