Satanism as a Democratic Choice for Kids in Elementary Schools

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( — July 31, 2016) — SALEM, Mass. — Children in elementary schools across U.S. could soon be learning about Satan and be exposed to a “democratic” choice to choose their religion, the Washington Post reports.

Pointing out that Christian evangelical groups have already infiltrated the lives of American children through after-school religious programming in public schools, the members of the Satanic Temple are determined to give young students a choice: Jesus or Satan.

“It’s critical that children understand that there are multiple perspectives on all issues, and that they have a choice in how they think,” said Doug Mesner, the Satanic Temple’s co-founder.

The Satanic Temple group is planning to open its After School Satan Club in public elementary schools starting from this academic year. Chapter heads from New York, Boston, Utah and Arizona, met to talk strategy, with Minneapolis, Detroit, San Jose, New Orleans, Pittsburgh and Florida participating online.

The Satanic Temple educational program for kids, allegedly, is not about worshiping the mystical underground creature, but offers the idea that God does not exist.

Satanic Temple members are allegedly are non-theists, who do not believe in the existence of the devil and promote the idea that religion can be divorced from superstition.

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.

The Satanic Temple seeks its stands in the law of a democratic and secular society pointing out the right to free speech guaranteed by the First amendment, and the right to choose a religion. The fact that Satanism is not a religion but a cult, could end this debate, however, here is where Satanists have the strongest argument.

The Satanic Temple group is using the exact the same approach for their After School Satan Club which the Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) cult used to establish their Good News Club, so the practice of introducing cults in the educational system is already in place. By 2011, CEF reported 3,560 Good News Clubs, which represents more than 5 percent of the nation’s public elementary schools.

“I would definitely oppose after­-school Satanic clubs, but they have a First Amendment right to meet,” said Mat Staver, Liberty Counsel’s founder and chairman. Although there are no legal reasons for the Satanic After School Clubs to be treated differently than Good News Clubs, Staver believes that not many students will participate in the Satanic clubs, which would eventually lead them to fade away.

“It’s probably dust they’re kicking up and is likely to fade away in the near future for lack of interest,” Staver said.