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Hate Crime: Christian Navy Veteran Charged for Tearing Down Satan Statue in Iowa Capitol

Posted on AllSides January 31st, 2024
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A Christian U.S. Navy veteran has been charged with a hate crime after admitting to beheading the Satanic Temple’s statue on display at the Iowa State Capitol in December. Michael Cassidy was initially charged with misdemeanor criminal mischief on December 15, but the Polk County Attorney’s Office indicated that the Mississippi man’s admission that he “destroyed the property because of the victim’s [the Satanic Temple] religion” prompted the charges to be upgraded to “third-degree criminal mischief in violation of individual rights, a class D felony.” The cost to repair or...

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