Michael Cassidy shocked the country late last year when a video of him went viral on social media.
The Christian veteran was disgusted by a public display of Satanism in a local government building.
And now the veteran who beheaded a Satanic statue in Iowa has been charged with a major felony.
“Satan should not be praised in the government…”
In December of last year, a man from Mississippi by the name of Michael Cassidy shocked the country.
The Christian veteran became aware of a Satanic display that was put up in the Iowa State Capitol.
The statue went viral on social media and struck a nerve with many Christians.
A satanic statue was placed inside the Iowa state capitol building this week. This is becoming more and more common (even in red states)
Would you rather have Satanic Nationalism or Christian Nationalism?
2024 is going to be a year of monumental consequence for America. pic.twitter.com/1Vqgbb7mdC
— Sean Feucht (@seanfeucht) December 9, 2023
Cassidy decided that he would travel to Iowa and take matters into his own hands.
In an interview with Jack Posobiec, he said he originally thought that the people who set it up would recognize their mistake and take it down.
But after the statue didn’t go anywhere, he knew he had to do something about it.
“Satan should not be praised in the government. God is good. Satan is bad…[So] I bought a ticket to Iowa,” he said.
Michael Cassidy, man who destroyed satanic statue, explains his story in detail.
When I saw it in person, I knew it had to go down.
"I saw it. I couldn't believe it. A statue to Satan in our government, a capitol building…The devil is real. It struck me as wrong. I assumed… pic.twitter.com/huF3kvbgQ4
— Green Lives Matter (@Ultrafrog17) December 23, 2023
“None of our founders would have considered government sanction of Satanic altars…”
Cassidy told Posobiec that he “didn’t know what to expect,” but when he arrived at the Capitol it was mostly empty.
Then, after seeing it in person, “it clarified how evil it was” and he decided that “yes, it had to come down.”
🚨 Christian veteran BEHEADS and tears down the Satanic l Statue at the Iowa State Capitol pic.twitter.com/EVVxPGfFqa
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) December 14, 2023
Photos of the broken statue brought new life to the viral moment as people debated whether Cassidy was in the right.
Even conservatives debated whether he should have destroyed the property or left it alone.
In the end, Cassidy turned himself in to security who then reported the incident to law enforcement.
The veteran received a misdemeanor for criminal mischief, but he gladly accepted the punishment.
“The world may tell Christians to submissively accept the legitimization of Satan, but none of our founders would have considered government sanction of Satanic altars inside Capitol buildings as protected by the First Amendment,” Cassidy said.
Now the Christian is back under fire with law enforcement.
Cassidy charges are escalated after he said it was over “religion”
Cassidy has now been charged with a much more serious crime.
The Polk County prosecutors overseeing his case argue that his actions constituted a “violation of individual rights” and charged him with a hate crime.
The misdemeanor has been upgraded to a felony for third-degree criminal mischief.
“Evidence shows the defendant made statements to law enforcement and the public indicating he destroyed the property because of the victim’s religion,” the Polk County Attorney’s Office said in a statement.
“My conscience is held captive to the word of God, not to bureaucratic decree. And so, I acted,” Cassidy had explained in the wake of the vandalism.
The Christian has since received an outpouring of support from conservatives on social media.
The GiveSendGo campaign to raise money for his legal fund quickly raised over $80,000.
“They may think it’s a joke that they triggered us, but the devil is real and we have to be ready,” he said at Turning Point USA in December.
Patriot Political will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.