Navy Veteran Charged With ‘Hate Crime’ After Beheading Satan Statue

Tierin-Rose Mandelburg | January 31, 2024
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So beheading a statue of Satan is a hate crime but shooting Christian kids isn't?

U.S. Navy Veteran Michael Cassidy was just charged with a hate crime after beheading a statue of Satan at the Iowa Capitol back in December. Naturally, users are outraged at the hypocrisy of our “justice” system who punished Cassidy but at the same time allows the left to attack Christian or traditional values daily.

Controversy struck this past holiday season when the Satanic Temple set up an altar on the first floor of the Iowa Capitol building. The set up featured a caped figure that looked to be a ram-headed Baphomet. The shrine also had a list of the “seven fundamental tenets” of the Satanic Temple.  

At the time, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds (R) insisted that the Satanic Temple could keep their display up as it was a representation of free speech and religious freedom.

Related: Governor Calls Satanic Temple in Iowa Statehouse 'Free Speech'

This outraged Cassidy who took the head off of the statue and tossed it in the trash. He ended up turning himself over to police officers and said that he “saw this blasphemous statue and was outraged.”

“The world may tell Christians to submissively accept the legitimization of Satan, but none of the founders would have considered government sanction of Satanic altars inside Capitol buildings as protected by the First Amendment,” Cassidy told The Sentinel. “Anti-Christian values have steadily been mainstreamed more and more in recent decades, and Christians have largely acted like the proverbial frog in the boiling pot of water.”

Now, over a month later, Cassidy has been charged with a “third-degree criminal mischief in violation of individual rights, a class D felony, according to Iowa Code Section 729A.2.,” The Blaze indicated. In layman's terms, a “hate crime.”

In response to the charge, users on X were peeved.

“Satanism is literally evil. It is not a ‘hate crime’ to destroy a statue dedicated to evil,” one user wrote in response to Rebel News’ Ian Miles Cheong’s post about Cassidy.

Another user noted the following: “Of course if a Christian statue was beheaded there’d be no consequences for the perpetrator. That inconsistency in how justice is rendered is driving people bananas. Especially white Christians who are currently disproportionately prosecuted and punished for minor offenses.” One more wrote, “Putting up a statue of Satan in the first place seems closer to a hate crime than beheading a statue dedicated to hate, evil and lies by definition.”

Libs of TikTok noted how hypocritical our justice system too when the account pointed out how numerous statues and structures have been vandalized and ruined with no punishments whatsoever, but the second a Satanic statue is displayed, that's when "justice" is enforced?

Former NCAA swimmer Riley Gaines brought up the Nashville shooter with her comment about Cassidy’s charge.

She’s right. Killing innocent children based on their race and religion isn’t a “hate crime” but knocking a metal head off of a statue that literally represents evil is? Is this some sort of joke?!

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