Satanic Temple co-founder Doug Mesner said that since Christian groups already have after-school programs, Satanists deserve a chance to do the same.
Mesner, whose professional name is Lucien Greaves, told the Washington Post that the Temple is petitioning schools to allow them to open After School Satan Clubs in the new school year.
He said the clubs are not about worshiping Satan, because the temple does not promote belief in a supernatural devil. Rather, the clubs are designed to promote scientific and rational thinking.
"It's critical that children understand that there are multiple perspectives on all issues, and that they have a choice in how they think," Mesner said.
On the group's website, he writes, "We prefer to give children an appreciation of the natural wonders surrounding them, not a fear of everlasting otherworldly horrors."
"We think it's important for kids to be able to see multiple points of view, to reason things through, to have empathy and feelings of benevolence for their fellow human beings," Chalice Blythe, Utah chapter leader, told the Post.
The club meetings will include a healthful snack, literature lesson, creative learning activities, puzzle solving, a science lesson, and an art project.
The Satanic Temple plans to use a 2001 Supreme Court ruling that said excluding an after-school program because of the religious views of its sponsors is a free-speech violation. A religious-right legal advocacy group, the Alliance Defending Freedom and the Liberty Counsel, were part of that effort.
Mesner said the Liberty Counsel's efforts led to the creation of the After School Satan Clubs, and told USA Today that presenting Satanists to the general public as hosts of an an after-school club presents a positive message.
"When they see people living normal, healthy, productive lives and being decent people, it makes them think more critically of the claims being put forth by evangelicals," Mesner said.
Normally I avoid religious subjects (no matter what the religion) like the Ten Plagues (LOL), but this one really grinds my gears. They most probably will allow these clubs to form, but no school would ever allow us to form one. Real fair, huh? Hitler is worse than the Devil, I guess.
Yeah, I know this Mesner guy said they don't advocate belief in a supernatural devil, but if this is so, why do they call themselves Satanists? Maybe they do believe in Satan but their proposed clubs have nothing to do with the devil like Mesner said.
If I had kids and there was an after dchool chess club sponsored by the American Communist Party, I wouldn't let my kids join even if the ACP promised they wouldn't be teaching Marxism. I also wouldn't allow my kid to join a club sponsored by Satanists even if they assured me they wouldn't be teaching Devil worship.
This is all a propaganda/publicity stunt. They're trying to pass themselves off as regular folk, and not as black robed weirdos sacrificing babies to Satan.
Well we've been trying to let people know that we National Socialists are just regular people and have been trying to get rid of the "Brown Shirt" imagine. It will be interesting to see if they do any better with that than we have.