‘Catholic Warrior’ Vandalizes Satanic Holiday Display in FL

The holiday display put up by the Satanic Temple at the state capitol in Tallahassee, Florida has already been vandalized, as happens with almost any display that isn’t Christian, by a self-declared “Catholic warrior” who said she just couldn’t stop herself from doing it.

Susan Hemeryck, 54, tried to remove the display Tuesday, and when the Capitol Police told her she couldn’t, she began ripping it apart. She was arrested and charged with criminal mischief. The display had been erected as a satire by an atheist group to counter a Nativity scene, which was taken down the day the Satanic Temple installed theirs.

“It’s just wrong, when you remove baby Jesus two days before Christmas and put Satan in his place — that just can’t happen. I couldn’t allow it to happen,” said Hemeryck, who said she was wearing a shirt that said “Catholic Warrior” when she arrived at the Capitol. “I was there at the right time and the right moment, and I needed to take a stand against Satan.”

If a non-Christian destroyed a Christian display of this sort, can you imagine the screams of outrage from the religious right? This would be proof that demon-possessed people are trying to destroy Christianity. And they’re probably gay too. Yet atheist billboards, signs on buses and such displays are almost always vandalized almost immediately upon being put up. Why? Because they’re marking their territory. They’re saying, “This is a Christian country and you’re not welcome here.”

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  • gshelley

    I don’t need to imagine, I remember when that ten commandments monument was destroyed recently and the right assumed it was an atheist.

  • matty1

    So she was compelled by a supernatural being to commit a criminal act. Which side are supposed to have demons again?

  • dugglebogey

    If someone was compelled and unable to stop themselves from desecrating a xtian display, they would probably be committed to a mental institution for evaluation.

    This woman will receive a citation at most, and have to pay a fine, and perhaps damages.

    Christian privilege.

  • Alverant

    Doesn’t this qualify as terrorism? My dictionary defines it as “the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, especially for political purposes” and I think this counts. Of course no one is going to call it that, much less charge her with that crime because of christian privilege.

  • raven

    Yes, this is terrorism!!! It is also a hate crime.

    It is also bullying. Satan, in his guise as an inanimate, medium size plastic statue, was brutally attacked. By an aggressive 54 year old Catholic woman. There was only one way this was going to end. Plastic angels aren’t known for being good fighters.

  • raven

    I do have to say that the Satanic Temple did a good job on their Florida and Michigan displays. It was beginning to look like being an atheist destroys artistic abilities or something.

    The Florida one looked rather home made but so what? That is part of what these should be about. The xian ones aren’t any better. Anyone can buy some plastic sheep at Walmart and it takes no thought at all to copy the same old cliche a billion times.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Look, us Real Americans wouldn’t have to “destroy” them if you didn’t insist on marking Our territory all the time! Jesus belongs outside City Hall, not Athiesm! Jesus belongs on the side of buses, not Athiesm!

  • Michael Heath

    Susan Hemeryck, 54 states:

    “It’s just wrong, when you remove baby Jesus two days before Christmas and put Satan in his place — that just can’t happen. I couldn’t allow it to happen,” said Hemeryck, who said she was wearing a shirt that said “Catholic Warrior” when she arrived at the Capitol. “I was there at the right time and the right moment, and I needed to take a stand against Satan.”

    Consider the level of delusion required to believe one was taking a stand against Satan. That rather than taking a stand against secularists. Ya know, fellow human beings who installed the display and then other humans who authorized its installation.

  • Michael Heath

    Alverant and raven,

    What this wingnut did was not terrorism. Jeez, get a grip.

  • pocketnerd

    If a non-Christian destroyed a Christian display of this sort, can you imagine the screams of outrage from the religious right? This would be proof that demon-possessed people are trying to destroy Christianity. And they’re probably gay too. Yet atheist billboards, signs on buses and such displays are almost always vandalized almost immediately upon being put up. Why?

    You’re forgetting the core precept of neoconservativism: It’s Okay When We Do It. Applies to military invasions, religious privilege, torture, and even outright subversion of democracy. No one can say they aren’t consistent in their hypocrisy.

  • http://kamakanui.zenfolio.com Kamaka

    I wonder if this Catholic Warrior will ever figure out that she’s been played by the Satanists?

    She walked right into the punch.

  • raven

    What this wingnut did was not terrorism. Jeez, get a grip.

    If you were the plastic angel, you might have a different wordview.

    I thought her zombie-eyed look and Catholic Warrior tee shirt made her look a bit scary.

    I wonder if this Catholic Warrior will ever figure out that she’s been played by the Satanists?

    True

    One plastic angel -= $20.00

    Xians acting like idiots = Priceless

  • Larry

    Pretty lame god you got there, lady. Can’t even toss its own high energy lightning bolts to destroy a display that you claim offends it. But then, maybe it did, only to take out a taxi stand over in Arkansas.

  • mistertwo

    @6 Raven,

    I’m pretty sure the plastic sheep are required to come from Hobby Lobby.

  • chilidog99

    The Devil made her do it.

  • busterggi

    So does she not believe in Satan? – because then she is violating her own supposed dogma and revealing that she is not a true Christian.

  • thebookofdave

    @14 mistertwo

    All the more glad that I don’t have to shop for one. Too easy to mistake the customers for the merchandise.

  • Alverant

    OK Michael, care to explain you think it’s NOT terrorism? It fits the definition. Just because the person doing it is an old white christian woman doesn’t mean it’s not terrorism.

  • lorn

    Good news all around.

    The non-Christians have well documented proof of religious intolerance.

    Susan Hemeryck can be expected to enjoy a bit of a windfall getting paid to show up on right-wing talk shows. If she plays her cards right, perhaps with the help of savvy agent, she may be able to parlay this crime into a short term and moderately profitable career as warrior/victim for Christ.

    It’s all good.

  • grumpyoldfart

    She was arrested and charged with criminal mischief.

    My prediction: Case dismissed.

  • raven

    OK Michael, care to explain you think it’s NOT terrorism? It fits the definition.

    It was a hate crime for sure. I’m sure susan Hemeryck doesn’t go around beating up any old plastic angels. Only ones named….Satan.

    Something about the Zombie-eyed look she had made me uneasy. It wasn’t all that long ago that people like her hunted down and killed people like me.

  • Alverant

    Raven, how do you separate a hate crime from terrorism? It seems to me that in the general population it’s a hate crime when one of “us” attacks one of “them” and terrorism when one of “them” attacks one of “us”. OTOH it could be a ratio between criminals and victims; for example if one person beats of another person for being gay, that’s a hate crime but if that same person tries to burn down a gay bar with lots of people inside of it, that’s terrorism.

    In any case most of the time in the media it takes a lot to get a white christian conservative called a terrorist even if a muslim doing the same thing would be called a terrorist in a heartbeat. IMHO “hate crime” is just a small scale terror attack which makes the phrase a euphemism so we don’t have to admit that “we” can be terrorists too.

  • raven

    Raven, how do you separate a hate crime from terrorism?

    I’m not sure there is enough difference to matter. Hate crimes are illegal actions already crimes that were undertaken on the basis of hate.

    In any case most of the time in the media it takes a lot to get a white christian conservative called a terrorist…

    Yeah, I’ve noticed. Lots and lots of people have noticed. It’s almost impossible. It’s just hypocrisy, the third major fundie sacrament.

    1. In Oklahoma this year, a Moslem beheaded someone in what was clearly a case of work place violence, immediately after they had been fired. Fox News and the right wing noise machine talked about it for months after.

    2. Two months ago in Oklahoma, a devout xian beheaded his friend for supposedly practicing witchcraft. This barely made the local news and never made the national news.

    It’s a clear cut case of media bias. If a Moslem or atheist does something horrible, that is big news. If a xian does something horrible, crickets chirp.

  • EigenSprocketUK

    In the States, don’t local judges sometimes sentence petty local offences against a church with forced attendance at church? So in this case, perhaps she could attend the Satanist church 13 times. That would be a just punishment, and into the bargain she might meet some really nice people who could help her understand where she went wrong.

  • officalvillageidiot

    Its time for churches to address the other elephant in the room the issue of Mental Health, many times over the years people with mental health issues have turn to the church for help with tragic result, what happens when a person who is hearing voices meet a group of people who believe in Holy spirits and that God or Jesus talks to one. That person could be damage beyond repair and no one is held responsible.