Luigi and Angie Bellaviste belong to the Church of Satan in Mountain View, Colorado. They had a Vote Satan sign on their house as shown below.
It was cut in half. The Bellavistes believe this was done as a result of their religious beliefs and is therefore applicable as a hate crime.
“I feel like we’re being treated unfairly because it’s not a so-called mainstream religion,” said Luigi.
“I know of many people who have the Virgin Mary and tons of Jesus memorabilia ‘I Love Jesus’ and what is the difference?” said Angie.
An officer with the Mountain View Police Department said the report will likely be filed as theft because there was no obvious attack on the couple’s church or religious beliefs.