Satanic Temple Display Trashed In Capitol Rotunda

Dec 23, 2014

The display after being damaged.
Credit Nick Evans

Capitol Police officials have taken a suspect into custody for vandalizing the Satanic Temple’s holiday display in the Capitol Rotunda.  Nick Evans has more.   

Just when it seemed things couldn’t get any weirder, the holiday display saga playing out in the Florida Capitol took a hard left turn.  According to Capitol Police, a woman damaged the Satanic Temple’s display early Tuesday morning, but officials have not her name or any potential religious affiliations.  Satanic Temple member John Porgal says his group plans to press charges, but the display is going to stay as it is.

“That’s why I was asking him about what condition it was in,” Porgal says.  “We’ll put it back in that condition that it was in when she damaged it originally.  As a sign of what the religious right’s idea of tolerance is.”

Porgal says he will request a one-day extension of the display’s time in the Rotunda.  The diorama features a now detached Lucifer falling into the flames of hell, and reads “Happy Holidays from the Satanic Temple”.