Georgia Guidestones: ‘America’s Stonehenge’ damaged in apparent explosion

The mysterious Georgia Guidestones suffered significant damage after residents reported hearing a thunderous explosion near their location.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigations told reporters that preliminary information suggests someone used an explosive device to damage the pillars.

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The Elbert County Sheriff’s Office is working with the GBI to investigate the attack on the structure.

The Guiding Stones – sometimes called America’s Stonehenge, although they were erected in 1980 – consist of six slabs of granite, with an inscription carved in eight different languages ​​on the slabs.

The inscriptions contain guidelines – thus landmarks – to pursue human progress.

These recommendations include things like “keeping humanity within 500m in perpetual balance with nature” and “uniting humanity with a living new language”.

Residents who live near the statue said they felt and heard an explosion near the location of the stones around 4 a.m.

The guides were opened in 1980 and were commissioned by a “small group of loyal Americans” through a man who used a pseudonym.

Owner of Elberton Granite Finishing Company, which was commissioned to construct the slabs, the man claimed the monument was meant to serve as a compass, calendar and clock capable of withstanding catastrophic events.

The company says it tried to discourage the man from going ahead with the project by offering a ridiculously inflated price for the project, but was surprised to find the individual accepted the quote.

The monument has become the focal point of conservative conspiracy theories in recent years, with claims that the message on the slabs are instructions for the coming ‘new world order’.

Kandiss Taylor, a far-right conspiracy theorist who ran in the state’s Republican gubernatorial primary against incumbent Brian Kemp, has made the destruction of the Guides a central pillar of her campaign.

In a glossy campaign video, she announced her “Executive Order 10”, which would see the monument demolished.

Throughout the video, she nods to other conservative talking points and conspiracy theories.

The video begins by tackling the Covid-19 vaccine conspiracy, with Ms Taylor saying “over four million people have been injected with something that only took nine months to create. Ask yourself why.”

It then moves on to demonic human sacrifice.

“Human sacrifice was a form of demonic worship, we still do it today by killing our unborn child,” she says, as a graph of the number of abortions performed around the world splashes across the screen. “It’s the same demons, the same sacrifice, the same sin, it’s just a different time.”

Then it focuses on the “new world order” and the insinuation that the Georgia Guidestones are a message from the demon-worshipping elite who secretly rule the world as to their plans.

“The New World Order is here and they told us it was coming,” she says.

Shortly after news broke that the stones had been damaged, rather than denouncing a protester’s destruction of private property – which is the norm for most Republicans – she suggested that God felled the one of the stones.

His video was posted on Twitter just two months before the explosion.

Ms Taylor was crushed in Georgia’s Republican primary in May. Mr Kemp won more than 70% of the vote, with former Senator David Perdue coming in second with around 22%. Ms. Taylor only got 3% of the state vote.

Despite the severity of her loss, she took a page from the MAGA playbook and claimed the “cheaters” had rigged the election against her.

“I want you all to know that I’m not backing down,” Ms Taylor said in a video posted to social media. “No. And if the people who did this and cheated are watching, I don’t concede it.

MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell later promised to investigate the loss.

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