AFTER SCHOOL SATAN CLUB
The Satanic Temple of Washington offered the After School Satan Club at Point Defiance Elementary School in Tacoma, Washington, during the school year of 2016-2017. There was already an evangelical Good News Club running at the school. We offered the After School Satan Club every second Wednesday of the month, to children ages 5-12.
The Satanic Temple has expanded its After School Satan Club program so that anyone may apply to volunteer to lead an After School Satan Club in their local elementary school, regardless of affiliation with the Satanic Temple. To apply to lead an ASSC, visit the After School Satan Club website.
Why does the After School Satan Club exist?
It’s important that children be given an opportunity to realize that the evangelical materials now creeping into their schools are representative of but one religious opinion amongst many. While the Good News Clubs focus on indoctrination, instilling them with a fear of Hell and God’s wrath, After School Satan Clubs focus on free inquiry and rationalism. We prefer to give children an appreciation of the natural wonders surrounding them, not a fear of everlasting other-worldly horrors.
Is Satanism in schools legal?
Yes. The Supreme Court ruled in 2001 in the case of Good News Club v. Milford Central School that schools operate a “limited public forum” and that, as such, they may not discriminate against religious speech should a religious organization choose to operate an After School Club on their premises. Christian evangelicals — particularly the Child Evangelism Fellowship — have taken advantage of this ruling ever since. As it is illegal for the schools to discriminate against specific religions or preference others, After School Satan Clubs cannot be denied wherever Christian, or any other religious clubs, operate.
What do children learn in the After School Satan Clubs?
All After School Satan Clubs are based upon a uniform syllabus that emphasizes a scientific, rationalist, non-superstitious world view. While the twisted Evangelical teachings of The Good News Clubs “robs children of the innocence and enjoyment of childhood, replacing them with a negative self image, preoccupation with sin, fear of Hell, and aversion to critical thinking,” After School Satan Clubs incorporate games, projects, and thinking exercises that help children understand how we know what we know about our world and our universe.
Don’t you think it’s best to keep religion out of schools?
Yes. But the worst case scenario, when religion is allowed in the schools, is an environment in which one religious voice enjoys the exclusive benefit of delivering its teachings to the children, promoting the understanding that their religion is endorsed by the school, or otherwise has special privilege within their community. The Satanic Temple does not advocate for religion in schools. However, once religion invades schools, as The Good News Clubs have, The Satanic Temple will fight to ensure that plurality and true religious liberty are respected.