The Tallahassee Democrat reported that 54-year-old Susan Hemeryck told two Florida Department of Law Enforcement Capitol Police officers that she “was sorry and had to take down the Satanic display”, adding that it was “not right.”
The paper reported that when Hemeryck tried to remove the display, an officer stopped her and told her to put it back, saying that she was violating the law. Hemeryck responded that she “could not take it anymore” and began trying to tear down the display before she was arrested.
The display, which shows an angel falling into flames with the message “Happy Holidays from the Satanic Temple”, had been erected Monday as a satire by an atheist group to counter a nativity scene which had already been taken down.
“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,” Hemeryck, who said she was wearing a shirt that said “Catholic Warrior” when she arrived at the Capitol, told the Associated Press “I was there at the right time and the right moment and I needed to take a stand against Satan.”