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Christian Veteran Who Beheaded Satanic Altar in Iowa Capital Charged with Hate Crime

Wed, 01/31/2024 - 04:40

Christian veteran Michael Cassidy, who beheaded a satanic altar in the Iowa capital over the holidays, has been charged with a hate crime.

The altar to Baphomet was installed by the Satanic Temple, with approval from the Iowa Legislature. It featured a goat’s head on a red-caped mannequin holding a crimson pentagram wreath.

The display caused massive controversy, with some arguing that the approval of the shrine was crucial to religious freedom and others arguing that it was a deliberate move to torment Christians — especially as it was placed near a Nativity scene.

On December 14, Cassidy ripped the head off and threw it in a trashcan.

Cassidy was charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief, a misdemeanor, the next day.

Speaking to The Sentinel shortly after the beheading, Cassidy said he had beheaded the statue in order to “awaken Christians to the anti-Christian acts promoted by our government.”

“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 said. “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.”

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

“I saw this blasphemous statue and was outraged,” Cassidy continued. “My conscience is held captive to the word of God, not to bureaucratic decree. And so I acted.”

Cassidy turned himself in to the police after destroying the shrine. The Sentinel reported that the Satanic Temple of Iowa confirmed they intend to press charges.

Polk County prosecutors have added a much more severe charge now, according to a charging document made public Tuesday obtained by the Des Moines Register.

The Register reports that Cassidy is now charged with felony third-degree criminal mischief committed “in violation of individual rights” under Iowa’s hate crime statute.

“Evidence shows the defendant made statements to law enforcement and the public indicating he destroyed the property because of the victim’s religion,” Lynn Hicks, a spokesman for the Polk County Attorney’s Office, told the paper.

We have raised the initial $20,000 needed for @VoteCassidy and his legal defense in less than three hours. Thank you for your generosity! We will reopen the campaign if more funds are necessary. https://t.co/FKeNhUXkTQ

— The Sentinel (@RepubSentinel) December 15, 2023

The report added, “Court records show Cassidy is scheduled to be arraigned on Feb. 15. He has raised more than $84,000 for his legal defense from nearly 2,000 supporters, according to fundraising site GiveSendGo.”

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Conservative Republican Mayra Flores Raising Big Money to Win Back Texas Congressional Seat

Wed, 01/31/2024 - 04:20

Mayra Flores, the conservative Republican Latina from Texas, made history two years ago by flipping a seat in Texas that had not gone to a Republican in 100 years.

Democrats scrambled to win the seat back in a special election months later. They spent massive amounts of money and pulled out all of the stops to win the election, edging Flores out.

Now Flores is fighting hard to win the seat back for the GOP and she is raising big dollar amounts to do it.

FOX News reports:

Hispanic community leader raises big bucks in quest to flip Dem-controlled border congressional seat

A conservative Hispanic community leader aiming to flip a Democrat-held congressional district that sits on the U.S. border with Mexico announced Monday she had raised a massive amount of money to boost her bid.

According to her campaign, former Republican Rep. Mayra Flores, who briefly represented Texas’ 34th Congressional District from 2022-2023, raised over $970,000 from 16,617 unique donors in all 50 states during the 4th quarter of 2023.

“I am overwhelmed and incredibly grateful for the continued outpouring of support for our campaign. Voters across the Rio Grande Valley and the country know that our southern border is a disaster, illegal immigration is out of control, and Democrats like Joe Biden and Vicente Gonzalez are solely to blame,” Flores told Fox News Digital.

“We are working every day to share our message of securing the border, lowering costs for families, improving education and healthcare, and restoring the greatness of our country — and that’s exactly what I’m going to do on day one when we retake this seat and put the people of TX-34 back in charge,” she added.

The GOP should be helping this woman as much as they can, she is great.

We are working every day to share our message of securing the border, lowering costs for families, improving education and healthcare, and restoring the greatness of our country. #TheAmericanDream
https://t.co/MwJyhe2Prb

— Mayra Flores Vallejo (@MayraFloresTX34) January 30, 2024

God Bless Texas pic.twitter.com/LMNsuJVSzn

— Mayra Flores Vallejo (@MayraFloresTX34) January 25, 2024

America needs more Republicans like Flores in office.

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BREAKING: Top Trump Prosecutor Nathan Wade Settles Divorce Case on Eve of Hearing to Avoid Testimony on ‘Improper’ Relationship with Fani Willis

Wed, 01/31/2024 - 04:00


Fani Willis with paramour Nathan Wade

Nathan Wade, the top Trump prosecutor on the Georgia RICO case targeting Trump settled his divorce case with his estranged wife Jocelyn Wade on the eve of a hearing to avoid testifying on his improper relationship with Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis.

“All of the issues we pled for temporary support and attorneys fees have been resolved by this agreement,” said Andrea Hastings, one of Joycelyn Wade’s attorneys, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. “The case is not resolved on a final basis. We still have a lot of work to do to be able to resolve this case through either a final settlement or a trial.”

Nathan Wade’s estranged wife Jocelyn Wade fought to unseal and make public their divorce records.

Earlier this month Fani Willis was subpoenaed to testify in Nathan Wade’s divorce case. Willis previously tried to quash the subpoena. She was supposed to give a deposition last Tuesday.

Jocelyn Wade’s attorney told Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee last Monday that her client wants Fani Willis’ deposition *not as a Fulton County DA* but as “the alleged paramour of my client’s husband.”

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported:

Fulton County special prosecutor Nathan Wade has reached a temporary divorce settlement with his estranged wife, canceling a public hearing on Wednesday in which Wade was expected to be asked about his relationship with District Attorney Fani Willis.

The settlement reached Tuesday means Willis is likely to avoid testifying in the case. Willis, in court filings in the election interference case against former President Donald Trump and others, is accused of having an improper romantic relationship with Wade with him paying for their vacations to Napa Valley and the Caribbean.

Cobb County Superior Court Judge Henry Thompson on Tuesday signed an order approving the temporary settlement, noting that both Nathan and Joycelyn Wade agreed that its terms and that the conditions would not be filed with the court.

Fani Willis had an ‘improper’ romantic relationship with Nathan Wade, a top Trump prosecutor in her office.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Fani Willis “financially benefited” from a romantic relationship with Nathan Wade, a top prosecutor she hired to go after President Trump.

The motion was filed in the Superior Court of Fulton County on behalf of defendant Michael Roman, a former Trump campaign official who was hit with counts 1, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19 in Fani Willis’ RICO case.

The filing claims Nathan Wade, the special prosecutor hired to go after Trump, paid for luxury vacations he took with Fani Willis to Napa Valley and a cruise in the Caribbean – and used money from Fulton County to pay for their out-of-town escapades.

“County records show that Wade, who has played a prominent role in the election interference case, has been paid nearly $654,000 in legal fees since January 2022. The DA authorizes his compensation.” the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Nathan Wade’s Capital One credit card statements provided by Jocelyn Wade were documented in the court filing reviewed by The Gateway Pundit.

Nathan Wade spent money on Fani Willis by buying her flowers, and paying for hotels, air travel, a cruise, and Ubers.

The bank statements prove Nathan Wade bought Fani Willis flights to Miami and San Francisco.

Judge McAfee told Fani Willis to respond to Michael Roman’s allegations by Friday.

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