Conservatives really don’t understand our First Amendment. While they see “freedom of religion” as a right for Christians to force their religious beliefs on other people, it actually means the exact opposite. But this fact never seems to deter conservatives all over this country from continually trying to force their religion in places it doesn’t belong.
A perfect example of this is in Florida where a ruling last year allowed religious displays to be placed at the state capitol. Clearly the conservatives who were pushing for this only meant for Christian displays, such as nativity scenes, to be displayed at the capitol. But there was just one slight catch to that: Being that our First Amendment grants religious freedom, by allowing Christians to place holiday displays at the state capitol, that meant that all religions were allowed to place “holiday displays” on capitol grounds.
As the saying goes: Be careful what you wish for, because you just might get it. When these conservatives forced religion into a place that it didn’t belong (a government building) it was then required that all religions be granted the same exact access.
Though that’s clearly not how Florida resident Susan Hemeryck sees it. On December 23 she went into Florida’s State Capitol building wearing a shirt that said “Catholic Warrior” on it and proceeded to destroy the satanic display that had been legally placed there by the Satanic Temple.
At the time of the incident she said, “It’s just wrong, when you remove baby Jesus two days before Christmas and put Satan in his place? I was there at the right time and the right moment and I needed to take a stand against Satan.”
“I just yanked that little devil off the fishing line,” she continued. “I should have just done a better job and finished it off for good.”
She was charged with a misdemeanor count of criminal mischief for destroying the display. Well, she has now pled “not guilty,” claiming that the state’s charges against her are an “attack on Christians.”
These people just don’t get it. These charges have nothing to do with her religion. She broke a law and now she’s going to have to face the consequences for her actions. Just because she acted out on behalf of her religious beliefs doesn’t suddenly mean she should be immune from having to abide by laws.
This is why religion has no place in government. The reason why the Satanic Temple (an organization that doesn’t really worship Satan by the way) placed the display at the capitol in the first place was to prove the point that religion and government shouldn’t be mixed, but if the state is going to allow for one religion then it must allow for all of them.
We’ve seen satanic groups stage similar types of “protests” in Oklahoma where a statue was erected at the Oklahoma Statehouse and when one group tried to use the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby ruling to shield women from anti-choice laws.
But this is just another example of some religious whacko who doesn’t understand that our First Amendment grants every American the freedom of religion. What it doesn’t do is give these religious fanatics the right to force their views on other people.
Watch the woman destroy the display below: