A group called the Satanic Temple wants to establish After School Satan Clubs in public schools to introduce children to the "religion of darkness."
When I used teach Teaching Children Effectively courses, the question would sometimes come up about the possibility of Satan clubs. I believed then that it would never happen because Satanism is a religion of darkness and that they would not operate in the light of day. But it looks like they are going to promote their religion of darkness and evil in the light of day. Oh Christians, rise up and defend you children — all children — from this evil!
Are you serious..... we let them take God out of schools and we are letting satan worship after schools. What kind of subliminal msgs will be left behind for your children to see. Better yet has tax payers agreed to this wo pay for these schools to be open. Who pay for light, AC, water, toilets. This is the craziest thing yet. What is happening.
Collected via Facebook, August 2016
In late July 2016, the Washington Post and other mainstream media reported that a New York-based group called the Satanic Temple was petitioning public school administrators around the U.S. to allow the introduction of After School Satan Clubs in elementary schools. The Temple’s co-founder, Doug Mesner (aka Lucien Greaves), an atheist, said the group’s agenda is to promote multiple points of view and was conceived of in response to the proliferation in schools of Good News Clubs, which promote evangelical Christianity:
“While the Good News Clubs focus on indoctrination, instilling children with a fear of hell and God’s wrath, After School Satan Clubs will focus on free inquiry and rationalism,” Greaves said. “We prefer to give children an appreciation of the natural wonders surrounding them, not a fear of an everlasting other-worldly horror.”
Some on social media reacted to the news by expressing their fears about children being taught to worship the devil and participate in Satanic rituals, but the Satanic Temple — whose activities are described as a “blend of political activism, religious critique and performance art” — does not subscribe to or promote a literal belief in the devil, the Washington Post explained:
The Satanic Temple doesn’t espouse a belief in the existence of a supernatural being that other religions identify solemnly as Satan, or Lucifer, or Beelzebub. The Temple rejects all forms of supernaturalism and is committed to the view that scientific rationality provides the best measure of reality.
According to Mesner, who goes by the professional name of Lucien Greaves, “Satan” is just a “metaphorical construct” intended to represent the rejection of all forms of tyranny over the human mind.
Those who do subscribe to a literal belief in Satan may find the group’s “promotional video” somewhat disturbing, however, in that it incorporates well-known tropes associated with devil worship in pop culture, such as Satanic symbolism, demonic music, backmasking and horror film sound effects:
Greaves is blunt: “We are only doing this because Good News Clubs have created a need for this. If Good News Clubs would operate in churches rather than public schools, that need would disappear. But our point is that if you let one religion into the public schools you have to let others, otherwise it’s an establishment of religion.”
The Satanic Temple’s seven fundamental tenets, which include “One should strive to act with compassion and empathy towards all creatures in accordance with reason,” and “The freedoms of others should be respected, including the freedom to offend,” are listed on the group’s web site.