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Elementary School Children in Illinois Invited to After-School ‘Satan Club’

Elementary School Children in Illinois Invited to After-School ‘Satan Club’

“Some parents are angry about their children’s exposure to information about the club”

Some parents are angry about this but not angry enough. If you don’t put your foot down over this, when do you finally do it?

FOX News reports:

After-school ‘Satan club’ in Illinois district elicits ‘concern,’ superintendent response

Elementary schoolchildren in Moline, Illinois, have been invited this week to an “after-school Satan club” with five different meeting dates planned for early this year — starting Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022 — according to flyers placed in the school’s lobby and shared on social media.

Some parents are angry about their children’s exposure to information about the club, apparently prompting the superintendent of schools to weigh in. The Satanic Temple says on its website that it operates the clubs “at select public schools where Good News Clubs also operate.”

Given the “mounting concerns and questions” about the “Satan club” flyer that was made available to students at Jane Addams Elementary School in Moline, Illinois, Dr. Rachel Savage of Moline-Coal Valley Schools wrote a letter to parents, which was shared online.

“I wanted to take a moment and share some additional information regarding the after-school club you may have heard about,” she wrote. “I know there are many mounting concerns and questions. I hear you and I understand.”

The superintendent noted that the “facility rental for this after-school activity was not generated by the district and is not affiliated with Jane Addams or the district. It is nothing that involves or impacts the school day.”

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“the “Satan club” flyer that was made available to students at Jane Addams Elementary School…”

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Satan worshipers have the same Constitution eights as anyone else

Antifundamentalist | January 15, 2022 at 3:52 pm

meh. Do you want kids to be invited to the after school Jesus Club? Then Deal with it. As long as they are not being forced to attend, I really don’t see the problem. Same as offering a Bible club along side the Harry Potter Book Club. Or is it that you don’t trust your kid not to go behind your back? Well, that’s a different issue.

The Satanic Temple says on its website that it operates the clubs “at select public schools where Good News Clubs also operate.”

Exactly. And I’ll bet its fliers are deliberately designed to reflect exactly the style of the Good News Club’s fliers. Bravo for it, for standing up for the first amendment.

But I would also bet its true goal is to get both of them shut down, and the angry parents are playing into its hands. The school seems to be making the correct response, which is to welcome both clubs equally, and allow each to exercise its full freedom of expression, so long as they don’t pretend that the school is endorsing them.

“A parent from within our district reached out to the national after-school satan club, informing them that Jane Addams Elementary School, in Moline, offers a child evangelism fellowship club and asked that they bring their program to that school as well, to offer parents a choice of different viewpoints.”

Sounds perfectly fair to me. Anyone outraged that the Satanic flyers were put out in the lobby for the children to see, but not equally outraged that Christian flyers were there first, has no business at a government school.