From the beginning, the Georgia Guidestones was a lightning rod for conspiracy theories, including claims that Christian was actually Ted Turner and that the Illuminati commissioned it. The pseudonym R.C. Christian also has been said to reference the Rosicrucians, or Order of the Rosy Cross, a secret society that stresses reason and harmony with nature. The monument was defaced with spray paint on a couple of occasions before security cameras were installed, but maybe the strangest injury to the reputation of the Guidestones came in 2022 when a candidate in the 2022 Georgia Republican governor's primary called the Guidestones "Satanic" in a campaign ad, and called for their removal.
The Georgia Guidestones monument was controversial for its mysterious origins, certainly — was it some sort of astronomical calendar? — but the inscriptions on the granite monument made some people nervous. The monument got its name from the capstone, on which "Let These Be Guidestones to an Age of Reason" was etched in ancient languages like Babylonian cuneiform — one of the earliest systems of writing. On each of the vertical granite slabs, 10 precepts, or "guides," were inscribed in eight different languages, including English, Swahili, Russian and Arabic. They said things like "Protect people and nations with fair laws and just courts," "Maintain humanity under 500,000,000," "Balance personal rights with social duties" and "Be not a cancer on the Earth — Leave room for nature — Leave room for nature."