Earlier this month, Michael Cassidy, a Christian veteran, single-handedly demolished a statue symbolizing Satan. It had been installed in an Iowa Capitol building. Driven by his faith and conviction, Cassidy bought a plane ticket to Iowa without a clear plan. His inspiration partly came from the movie ‘Field of Dreams.’
In the moment, Cassidy’s disbelief soon turned into a conviction that action was necessary. He explained, “Yeah, and it wasn’t a prank. It was a real Statue of Satan. And you know, the Satanists, some of them may think it’s just a joke, that they’re there just trying to troll people, but the devil is real.”
Upon reaching the Capitol, Cassidy found the place almost deserted, with just one person praying nearby. “I went to the Capitol. I didn’t know what to expect, whether there would be politicians there that I could yell at and say, ‘Hey, you idiots, take this thing down!’”
The shrine to Satan was placed surrounded by candles and holding a pentagram near the Captiol’s Christmas nativity scene. The retired U.S. Navy officer and former Congressional candidate peacefully turned himself over to police at the Iowa Capitol, after he ripped down and tore the head off of the display of the demonic idol Baphomet.
“They ended up calling the cops over and we talked.” Cassidy finished, “In the end, they ended up giving me a citation and then they sent me on my way. So I didn’t get, I never got arrested. There’s no mugshot out there of me. I know a lot of people were asking about that.”
According to The Sentinel, Members of the Satanic Temple of Iowa legally acquired permission to mount the display in the Capitol atrium.
“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 outlet after the incident.
“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.”
“My conscience is held captive to the word of God, not to bureaucratic decree. And so I acted.”
Cassidy ran for Congress in the State of Mississippi describing himself on his campaign website as a “Christian conservative who loves our nation and is committed to preserving the blessings of liberty.”
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