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Former congressional candidate charged with hate crime for destroying Satanic Temple display at Iowa Capitol

Posted on AllSides January 31st, 2024
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Iowa prosecutors charged a former Mississippi congressional candidate with a hate crime after he allegedly “destroyed beyond repair” a pagan idol monument put inside the Hawkeye State Capitol by the Satanic Temple. Right-wing advocate Michael Cassidy told a conservative website his “conscience is held captive to the word of God,” so he took action after learning the statuette had been placed inside the Des Moines building in line with state rules allowing religious displays to be put there during the holidays Cassidy was initially charged with a fourth-degree criminal mischief...

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