In Des Moines, Iowa, SF2210 prohibits displays, symbols, or practices associated with satanic worship on public property, in public schools, or any state-owned premises. The proposal, introduced on Monday, has been referred to the State Government Committee.
Lucien Greaves, co-founder of The Satanic Temple, criticizes the measure, arguing it reflects a misunderstanding of constitutional law and religious freedom. He emphasizes the danger of allowing government to selectively approve expressions of religion and diminish the status of nonbelief in society.
Last year, The Satanic Temple gained attention in Iowa after its display at the State Capitol was vandalized following public criticism, including condemnation from Governor Kim Reynolds. Despite meeting application requirements, the display faced opposition.
Michael Cassidy, charged with vandalizing the satanic display, now faces an enhanced charge under Iowa’s hate crime law. The Polk County Attorney’s Office announced Cassidy will face third-degree criminal mischief, a Class D felony, violating individual rights. Greaves notes increasing interest in Satanism, suggesting backlash against the Christian nationalist movement is inadvertently fueling the adoption of Satanism.