Back in 2001, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a ruling in a case called Good News Club v. Milford Central School. The legal tussle concerned a public elementary school in New York that didn’t want to allow an evangelical Christian group to meet in classrooms right after the school day.
It seems Satan and a self-proclaimed “Catholic warrior” have driven a nativity scene from the Florida State Capitol in Tallahassee – at least for this year.
In response to controversy caused by seasonal displays in the capitol rotunda last year, including a display by the Satanic Temple that was vandalized, a group that had previously sponsored a crèche decided to discontinue its practice.
The Religious Right celebrated a victory in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's disastrous decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, but fundamentalists may soon change their tune if a humanistic group successfully uses its religious beliefs to undo a restrictive new abortion law.
Susan Hemeryck, the self-described “Catholic warrior” who vandalized a display by the Satanic Temple in the state capitol rotunda in Tallahassee, Fla., will not be prosecuted even though she confessed to the crime.
In March, Florida prosecutors announced that all charges against Hemeryck were being dropped, despite the fact that she admitted to police officers that she attacked the display because she considered it offensive, and she was captured on surveillance video attempting to carry it off.
Susan Hemeryck, the self-described “Catholic warrior” who vandalized a display by the Satanic Temple in the state capitol rotunda in Tallahassee, Fla., is getting off scot-free.
You read that right. All charges against Hemeryck were dropped, even though she admitted to police officers that she attacked the display because she considered it offensive.