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.”
BREAKING: @RepubSentinel can reveal that Michael Cassidy, a Christian and former military officer, tore down and beheaded the Satan altar in the Iowa Capitol:https://t.co/rIYIdZOzee pic.twitter.com/tZDsmKM5Pm
— The Sentinel (@RepubSentinel) December 14, 2023
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.”
In a statement posted on Facebook, The Satanic Temple in Iowa said that the display was “destroyed beyond repair.” They wrote, “This morning, we were informed by authorities that the Baphomet statue in our holiday display was destroyed beyond repair. We are proud to continue our holiday display for the next few days that we have been allotted. We ask that for safety, visitors travel together and use the 7 Tenets as a reminder for empathy, in the knowledge that justice is being pursued the correct way, through legal means.”
Cassidy will be represented by retired Air Force lieutenant colonel and JAG attorney Davis Younts. “My client was motivated by his faith to peacefully protest a display that is a direct affront to God,” Younts said.
“When others, including elected leaders, were unwilling to act, he peacefully removed the display. It is my hope that the citation will be dismissed when my client’s actions are understood and that he will not face prosecution because of his faith.”