A Satanist couple in the Denver-area are claiming to be the victims of a hate crime after a sign reading “VOTE SATAN” was removed from their front porch. Satan’s endorsement was hung next to the American flag.
Luigi and Angie Bellaviste, members of the Church of Satan, decorate their property with black items, skulls and the number 666.
“I know of many people who have the Virgin Mary and tons of Jesus memorabilia ‘I Love Jesus’ and what is the difference?” said Mrs. Bellaviste.
But some of the neighbors see a difference.
“Everybody that sees that sign says, ‘What is going on with those people?’” said neighbor Mary Morasco.
The couple believes that the person who cut down their sign should be charged with a hate crime.
“Had that been the Star of David or a verse from the Koran, or something like that got damaged by somebody against those beliefs that would certainly be considered a hate crime,” said Mr. Bellaviste.
The Mountain View Police Department is planning to file the incident as a theft.