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They Weren't Kidding: After-School Satan Clubs Are Now Organizing Across the Country

A group of Satanists that objects to after-school religious programs is attempting to establish its own “After School Satan” clubs across the country. This, of course, is the work of The Satanic Temple, the tiresome provocateurs who pose as “scientific rationalists” one day, and a “very serious religion” the next. They say their mission is “to encourage benevolence and empathy among all people.” They are, in fact, an anti-Christian hate group whose agenda includes wiping all vestiges of Christianity out of public life, including Christian after-school clubs.

The Satanic Temple openly displays its anti-Christian bigotry on its website: “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,” the Satanists explain on their FAQ page. Instead of devil worship, children purportedly will be taught: “critical reasoning, independent-thinking, fun, and free thought.”

Members of the group appear to be atheists, pagans, and actual Satan worshipers. Their trollish antics should already be nauseatingly familiar to Christians.

In May of 2014, they planned to host a Satanic black mass at the Harvard extension school, allegedly using a consecrated Eucharistic host. The Black Mass is “a magical ceremony and inversion or parody of the Catholic Mass that was indulged in ostensibly for the purpose of mocking God and worshiping the devil; a rite that was said to involve human sacrifice as well as obscenity and blasphemy of horrific proportions.”

A group of dedicated Catholic students drummed up enough publicity to successfully thwart their sinister plan. The Satanists, who were run off campus, however, were furious. An angry mob swarmed the parking lot of St. Paul’s, the Catholic church which serves Harvard’s Catholics, as the faithful arrived for the Holy Hour that was scheduled to take place at the same time as the Black Mass.

Aurora Griffin, the Harvard student who led the effort to have the Black Mass kicked off campus, described the scene as she was arriving at the church.

I got back to Harvard from the studio just in time for the Holy Hour at St Paul’s. As the town car from Fox pulled into the Church parking lot, a group of pentagram-tattooed, heavily pierced, angry people surrounded it. They threatened to violate or kill me, hissing their words and advancing toward me menacingly.

These were the Satanists. Their event had been “indefinitely postponed”, and they were furious. Looking into their dead eyes and beholding their inhuman expressions, I felt a combination of fear and pity. These poor souls were in the grip of an otherworldly evil, not the spirit of rational or political protest.

In 2015, they unsuccessfully applied to have a statue of the Baphomet, a horned figure that has been used to represent Satan for centuries, erected near a stone monument of the Ten Commandments on the Oklahoma State Capitol grounds. The statue of Baphomet included a pentagram and two fawning children at his knee.

Lucien Greaves, spokesman for The Satanic Temple, told CNS News by e-mail at the time, “We feel very strongly for the defense of children, and we specifically set out to make a monument that would be child-friendly.” In July of 2015, the state Supreme Court there ruled that the Ten Commandments monument must be removed because government property cannot be used to show support for any religion. That being the actual objective, The Satanic Temple then set their sights on other states. Now it is applying for space near a Ten Commandments monument at the Arkansas State Capitol — with the obvious objective of getting the Ten Commandments statue removed.

“The Satanic Temple last year unveiled the demon statue in a crumbling warehouse located in Detroit, Michigan,” reported Church Militant after two separate proposals were offered to the Arkansas state government to place a statue of the demon Baphomet alongside a Ten Commandments monument at the capitol building. “In spite of the Temple’s claims that the group is not a cult and instead stands primarily for political activism and awareness, the unveiling was followed immediately by multiple acts of sexual debauchery involving homosexuals on the statue’s lap — a common ritual practice in satanist circles.”

The Satanists are now targeting the nations’ schoolchildren.

The mission of the After School Satan Clubs is to introduce children to the concepts of “free inquiry and rationalism,” according to the group’s website. Lucien Greaves says, “It’s important that children be given an opportunity to realize that the religious materials now creeping into their schools are representative of but one religious opinion amongst many. While the Good News Clubs focus on indoctrination of children by way of evangelism, instilling them with a fear of Hell and God’s wrath, After School Satan Clubs will focus on free inquiry and rationalism, the scientific basis for which we know what we know about the world around us. We prefer to give children an appreciation of the natural wonders surrounding them, not a fear of everlasting other-worldly horrors.”

Via the Los Angeles Times:

Lilith Starr, a devil’s advocate in every sense, is in a rush to get her After School Satan Club started.

As founder of the Satanic Temple of Seattle, she’s under pressure from national satanic headquarters — located in the Colonial witch trials city of Salem, Mass. — to launch a counter-strike against grade school Christianity by opening an after-school Satan Club.

“I think many people have the misunderstanding that we are some kind of tongue-in-cheek troll group,” said Starr, 44, a Harvard grad who sometimes dresses in church robes and, when circumstances demand, paints her lips and part of her face black.

“But in reality we are a very serious religion, with our own shared narrative, culture and symbols, a code of ethics — our Seven Tenets — and worship in the form of activism.”

The group is hoping to establish a dozen After School Satan Clubs across the country targeting children ages five to twelve.

Local chapters have applied for space at public grade schools in cities including Atlanta, Detroit, Washington, Portland, Ore., Tacoma, Wash., Salt Lake City, Tucson, and Los Angeles.

The clubs are all seeking school district approval, with the Atlanta-area club saying it hopes to hold its first meeting by Halloween.

The Los Angeles Unified School District appears to be the only school district to outright reject the club. In response to a Los Angeles Times inquiry Monday, the district issued a statement stating the club proposed for Chase Elementary School in Panorama City “does not meet the minimum requirement of having the school’s approval and, therefore, will not be offered at the school.”

That rejection could lead to a legal challenge. The Christians may have the force of Heaven behind them, but the Satanists have the U.S. Supreme Court.

A 2001 high court ruling in a civil case brought by the Child Evangelism Fellowship of Missouri held that when a government operates a “limited public forum” such as after-school clubs, it can’t discriminate against the kind of speech that takes place.

The victory permitted the clubs to proselytize in public classrooms after hours. It also opened the school door for students of any faith, or no faith, to be taught the ways of Satanism.

Fifteen years later, with the Christian-based Good News Club having expanded to hundreds of schools across the U.S., the Satanists are responding.

While Good News Clubs are effectively Bible and faith classes for children, the Satan Clubs intend to preach scientific evolution of humankind rather than what they describe as the “superstitions” of organized religion.

Lilith Starr, in her church robes and black make-up, says, “we believe strongly in religious plurality and we fight for equal representation for all religions. Whenever religion enters the public sphere, like the Good News Club at public schools, we take action to ensure that more than one religious voice is represented, and that is our intent with the After School Satan Club.”

In July, The Satanic Temple released the bizarre and disturbing video below to accompany its announcement that their organization would be offering their After School Satan Club program to students for the 2016 school year.