Veteran Who Destroyed Satanic Display Charged With Hate Crime
After tearing down a satanic statue set up in his state’s Capitol, Michael Cassidy has been charged with a hate crime. Is this right?
From The Daily Wire. Michael Cassidy, a 35-year-old Navy veteran, was charged with a hate crime on Tuesday after he admitted to beheading a Satanic statue that was on display in the Iowa State Capitol. …
Cassidy, a Christian who lives in Mississippi and previously ran for a congressional seat, was arrested and charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief after beheading the statue. Court documents now say that the damage done to the statue will cost between $750 and $1,500 to repair, and prosecutors allege that Cassidy acted “in violation of individual rights” under Iowa’s hate crime statute, KCCI reported. The documents also note that in light of new evidence, his charge has been upped to third-degree criminal mischief, a class D felony.
“Evidence shows the defendant made statements to law enforcement and the public indicating he destroyed the property because of the victim’s religion,” said Lynn Hicks, a spokesman for the Polk County Attorney’s Office. …
Shortly after the incident, Cassidy explained to The Republic Sentinel why he decided to destroy the Satanic display.
“I saw this blasphemous statue and was outraged,” Cassidy told the outlet in December. “My conscience is held captive to the word of God, not to bureaucratic decree. And so I acted.” …
What do you think of Cassidy’s actions? Share your thoughts and prayers in the comments.
(Excerpt from The Daily Wire. Photo Credit: Gwengoat/Getty Images Signature via Canva Pro)
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