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"After school Satan club" is a bridge too far

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The boys and girls at Golden Hills Elementary School in Tehachapi, California have a number of after-school options available to them. One of these is the Good News Club, where the equivalent of Sunday School lessons are discussed. But now that club will have some competition in the form of the After School Satan Club, organized by people from the Satanic Temple. And yes, this is an elementary school we’re talking about here. But enraged parents are being told that they shouldn’t be concerned about this. You see, the club really has nothing to do with satanism or worshiping Satan. It’s more of a philosophy club, you see. Have we really reached the point – even in California – where this can just be normalized in a K-6 school cafeteria? (Daily Wire)

A California elementary school is permitting an “After School Satan Club” to hold monthly meetings in the school’s cafeteria. Some parents and grandparents whose children attend the Golden Hills Elementary School in Tehachapi, California, are expressing their outrage.

“The Satanic Temple began communication with the district in late October and submitted its completed Civic Center Facilities User Permit Application on Oct. 21,” the Tehachapi News reported. “The organization was informed on Nov. 14 that use of the cafeteria at Golden Hills was approved.”

“I think it’s disgusting,” Sheila Knight, grandparent to a 5th grader, told Bakersfield Now. “I understand the school has to allow them because they allow other after school programs such as the Good News, which is a Christian based after school program, that one I’m okay with, but I can’t imagine why anyone would want their child to attend this Satanic group.”

Perhaps we can’t blame the school entirely because of regulations that allow any group to apply for permission to use the cafeteria and assembly hall for meetings and activities. And if we wanted to put on our blindfolds and say there is some sort of moral equivalency between the Satanic Temple and the local Methodist Church teaching bible studies, that might be an argument that would hold up in court, particularly in California.

But doesn’t there come a point where we get to take those blinders off, even in the 21st century? If the parents were objecting to a Jewish group or a Muslim group holding meetings, I would be arguing against them. Those are all religions that revolve around each faith’s interpretation and the idea of God, who or whatever you hold that to be.

But these people are literally worshiping a demon. They have statues of demons in their temples and all over their website. (I’ve attached one.) A scaly creature with claws and horns is not a god, sorry. (Not sorry.)

The person who will be leading the club (assuming anyone shows up) is quoted as saying, “I’m not teaching these kids to be Satanic, I’m not teaching these kids that they need to hail Satan or identify as Satanists, what we’re doing is we’re thinking critical thinking, we’re teaching science, we’re teaching empathy and benevolence.”

Ah, there we are with the whole “critical thinking” schtick again. I wonder if they borrowed that from the critical race theory people or came up with it in parallel. But if you’re not teaching children to “be Satanic” or to “hail Satan,” why is Satan involved at all? And where does Satan come in when one is teaching science? Isn’t science typically antithetical to religions of all forms, including the worship of demons?

And do we really need to get started on “empathy and benevolence?” I browsed the temple’s website for a bit and they repeat that claim in many of their documents. They are supposedly out there fighting racism and hate speech. I guess everyone is equal in the eyes of Satan, right? Even if you’re all equally destined to be tossed into a pool of lava for eternity.

Getting back to my original question, surely the school could shut this down, assuming they actually want to. (A big assumption in California, I know.) Have we really reached the point where there is no allowance for moral judgments or the difference between right and wrong or good and evil? Satan is the definition of evil, darkness, and lost souls. Are you telling me that a grade school administration is willingly going along with this? If so, perhaps the ship has already sailed for our society and we should all prepare to move off the grid. The ravaging hordes should be coming along any moment now.

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