WASHINGTON POST: After-school Satan club may be coming to your child's elementary school
An after-school Satan club? It could be coming to your child's elementary school, according to a new report from The Washington Post.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- An after-school Satan club? It could be coming to your child's elementary school, according to a new report from The Washington Post.
The report begins:
It’s a hot summer night, and leaders of the Satanic Temple have gathered in the crimson-walled living room of a Victorian manse in this city renowned for its witch trials in the 17th century. They’re watching a sepia-toned video, in which children dance around a maypole, a spider crawls across a clown’s face and eerie, ambient chanting gives way to a backward, demonic voice-over. The group chuckles with approval.
They’re here plotting to bring their wisdom to the nation’s public elementary school children. They point out that Christian evangelical groups already have infiltrated the lives of America’s children through after-school religious programming in public schools, and they appear 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.
According to the report from The Washington Post, the group was watching a promotional video for the After School Satan Club in Salem, Massachusetts. The group plans to introduce the After School Satan Club to various elementary schools, including one in Prince George's County in Massachusetts. There were also representatives on hand in Salem hoping to launch similar groups in schools in New York, Boston, Utah and Arizona, with others from Minneapolis, Detroit, San Jose, New Orleans, Pittsburgh and Florida participating online.
But not everyone is excited about the prospect.
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