Christian Vet destroyed altar of Baphomet could face 5 years in prison: “My conscience is held captive to the word of God, not to bureaucratic decree. And so I acted.”

Michael Cassidy

Important Takeaways:

  • Michael Cassidy faces up to five years in prison for his actions against the satanic altar of Baphomet and/or thousands of dollars in fines if convicted. He will be arraigned on February 15.
  • A Christian Navy veteran is facing a hate crime charge after he destroyed a Satanic Temple idol set up at the Iowa State Capitol.
  • Polk County prosecutors upgraded the charge against Michael Cassidy to a hate crime felony charge.
  • “Mr. Cassidy dismantled the Baphomet Altar on Dec. 14 at the Iowa State Capitol and destroyed the headpiece, according to an Iowa State Patrol report,” the attorney’s office stated in a news release Tuesday. “Based on information from the victims, the cost to replace or repair the property is between $750 and $1,500. That amount would make the offense third-degree criminal mischief, an aggravated misdemeanor, according to Iowa Code Section 716.5.”
  • The display was set up near a Nativity scene at the state capitol.
  • The Navy veteran, who is from Mississippi, has previously stated he was motivated by his religion to tear down the idol.
  • “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 Christian publication 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.”
  • “I saw this blasphemous statue and was outraged,” Cassidy said in December last year. “My conscience is held captive to the word of God, not to bureaucratic decree. And so I acted.”

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