A Tea Party “Catholic Warrior” in Florida plead not guilty on misdemeanor criminal mischief charges for tearing down a Satanic Temple holiday display because, she claims, her actions were not criminal.
On Tuesday, December 23rd of last year, Susan Hemeryck entered the Florida State Capitol building, walked past the Nativity Scene and to the Satanic Temple’s holiday display, then told two Florida Department of Law Enforcement Capitol Police officers that she was “sorry, but I have to take this down.”
Hemeryck, who was wearing a “Catholic Warrior” t-shirt at the time, then proceeded to tear down the Satanic Temple’s holiday display.
At the time, she told the Associated Press that “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 said. “I should have just done a better job and finished it off for good.”
In court yesterday, WCTV reports that her lawyer, Mike Bauer, told the judge that his client was pleading not guilty because “we are not sure there was crime.”
“I think this case represents the state basically putting an attack on Christians,” he added.
Hemeryck’s next court date is March 4th.
Watch a video of Susan Hemeryck tearing down the display below via YouTube.