Christian vet who beheaded satanic statue in Iowa statehouse seeks dismissal of hate crime charge, says Satanic Temple isn’t a real religion

Mar 19, 2024 | Political News

The Christian veteran charged in the beheading of a Satanic statue placed in the Iowa Capitol is seeking to have the hate crime charge against him removed because the Satanic Temple group is not considered a religion.

In a Friday court filing, attorney Sara Pasquale for Michael Cassidy wrote that the “violation of individual rights” enhancement in the case is inapplicable as well as unconstitutional, according to the Des Moines Register.

Pasquale wrote that the law regarding crimes motivated by “the person's (victim's) race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, political affiliation, sex, sexual orientation, age, or disability” was not applicable in Cassidy’s case, as the display was owned by the Satanic Temple and is a legal entity, not an individual that can have a race, sex, disability, or practice a religion.