Christian US Navy veteran, Michael Cassidy was recently charged with a hate crime for beheading a statue of Satan at the Iowa Capitol around Christmastime last year.
So, beheading a Satanic display is a hate crime, but vandalizing or toppling statues of America’s Founding Fathers or shooting Christian kids and teachers at a school isn’t a hate crime?
Many are outraged at the hypocrisy of an injustice system that punishes someone like Michael Cassidy while allowing radicals and Marxist activists to attack Christians, churches, police, or traditional values every day.
But make no mistake, this is an attack on Jesus and the biblical worldview. What is frustrating to lots of people is the inconsistency in the application of the law. Most likely, if a Christian statue is beheaded there would be few or no consequences because what we’ve been seeing for example, is Christians disproportionately prosecuted and punished for minor offenses like praying outside an abortion business.
The 35-year-old Cassidy responded to his charges in an interview at The Sentinel saying:
“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; …“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.”
If you missed the story, the creative and demonic display featured a caped figure that looked like a ram-headed Baphomet, candles, and a list of the “seven fundamental tenets” of the Satanic Temple. Iowa’s Republican Governor, Kim Reynolds defended the Satanic Temple because their display represented “free speech and religious freedom.”
Originally, in December, Cassidy turned himself in and was cited for criminal mischief in the fourth degree and released.
Let’s talk for a minute about the transgender Nashville shooter who specifically targeted Christian children and was not labeled a hate crime. What about the billions of dollars of damage and multiple deaths caused by the anti-Christian, anti-family, Marxist-driven BLM (Black Lives Matter Global Foundation Network) across the U.S. a few years ago?
Also responding to the story, Libs of TikTok noted:
Violent activists tore down dozens of statues including Columbus, Thomas Jefferson, and George Washington. None were held accountable or charged with a hate crime. Michael Cassidy knocks over a Satan statue made out of household items and gets charged with a hate crime. Welcome to America’s 2-tier-justice system. The police state made it clear who they worship. Wokeness and Satanism is the new religion.
A local news outlet reported that the legal claim against Cassidy is now a third-degree criminal mischief charge, a class D felony, and he will be arraigned February 15.
Some conservative news sources pointed out other recent events including a federal court finding six pro-life activists guilty of peacefully demonstrating inside a late-term abortion clinic. This begs the question, what are the priorities of government officials who seem to be taking sides according to their worldview?
The Satanic Temple of Iowa was thrilled about the victory and in a statement said they “carry with us a sense of accomplishment and a renewed commitment to advocating for religious pluralism and freedom of speech.”
Cassidy has raised over nearly $120,000 for his defense fund on GiveSendGo.
This is another reminder our struggle is not against flesh and blood; it is a spiritual battle, and we should not be silent or sit on the sidelines. The war on God and on truth is raging and forces of darkness are advancing. Jesus is Lord and truth wins, but believers in Christ in churches across the country have to decide how they will respond.