A California elementary school will introduce an “After School Satan Club” into its curriculum.
Golden Hills Elementary School students will soon be able to attend the club, sponsored by the Satanic Temple and the Alliance of Reason, ABC 33/40 reported. The Temple is a non-theistic religious group, not to be confused with the Church of Satan.
The group describes its program as “self-directed education” that aims to support “students’ intellectual and creative interests.” They established the club at the request of parents, educators or “other members of the community,” according to the temple’s website.
“While the classes are designed to promote intellectual and emotional development in accordance with TST principles, no proselytizing or religious instruction takes place,” read a statement on the group’s website, adding that “no he is interested in converting children to satanism.”
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The ASSC was started over the past 10 years by Lucien Greaves, who also serves as a spokesperson for the group.
He told ABC 33/40 that the group tries to “keep religious matters out of the teachings of after-school Satan clubs.”
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“The fact is, there’s nothing to be offended about, and we don’t want people to be unaware of who we are when we run these programs, as we think there would be a stronger reaction if we tried to hide it,” Greaves said.
But some parents remain outraged at the show’s inclusion in the school, with one parent calling it “disgusting.”
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“I understand that the school has to allow them because they allow other after-school shows like The Good News, which is a Christian-based after-school show. I agree with that one, but I can’t imagine why anyone would want their son to attend this satanic group,” said Sheila Knight, a grandmother from Golden Hills.
Another ASSC program was held at a Pennsylvania school in September, with the school saying it had to allow the club as part of its policy as a public school district.
“As a public school district, the use of our school facilities must be permitted without discrimination,” the Northern York County School District said in a statement. “We cannot and do not arbitrarily choose which organization may or may not use our facilities.”
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“If we allow one organization, we must allow all organizations, as long as they meet the conditions and application requirements set forth in Policy 707,” the statement added.