The officials of a Pennsylvania School District authorize the Satanic Temple to hold a back-to-school event at a high school.
Administrators with the York County North School District authorize the Satanic Temple to host the event at Northern High School in Dillsburg, Pennsylvania. The event is a back-to-school party for the After School Satan Club, according to FOX 43.
The group attempted to start an After School Satan Club at a school in the district in April, but its efforts were denied by the school board at the time, according to the report.
Parents and community members were furious at the proposed group’s attempt to enter the school district.
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Jennifer McAllister, a Perry County resident, said in April the idea was “crazy”.
“They’ve already taken God out of the schools now they’re going to let Satan in, it’s just crazy,” McAllister said.
Lucien Graves, the co-founder of the Satanic Temple, said the group was looking for “another religious representation”.
“We’re not decrying or blaming anyone for hosting a prayer event or anything like that,” Greaves said. “It becomes a problem, a serious problem, when you allow a back-to-school prayer event, but you don’t allow any other religious performance.”
He added that parents should watch the event from a First Amendment point of view.
“We’re talking about defending the fundamental pillars of democracy and the First Amendment,” he said.
The event takes place just days after an evening of prayer hosted by Dillsburg Community Worship and Prayer.
The Northern York County School District told the outlet it does not approve of the activity of outside groups, but does allow organizations to rent facilities.
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The Satanic Temple has attempted to establish after-school Satan Clubs in schools nationwide that have an operational Religious Club on campus.
In May, the Satanic Temple attempted to establish a presence in Guilford County schools in North Carolina, sparking outrage from parents, who rallied to protest the move.
“Kind of a rallying thing to say ‘we here in Greensboro don’t want this in our schools,'” said Tempe Moore, the protest organizer. “Now is not the time for good men to sit idle. Now is the time for our voices to be heard.”
A website for the “After School Satan Club” indicates that the group meets in “selected” public schools where “good news clubs and other religious clubs meet”, and states that the clubs are created by demand. community members who “would like to see the proposed program.”
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The club say they “are not interested in convert children to satanism.”
“Trained educators provide activities and learning opportunities, which students are free to engage in, or they can choose to explore other interests which can be aided by available resources. The environment is open and parents/guardians are welcome to participate,” their website reads. .
“Satan Club After School[s]are needed to provide a “contrasting balance” to extracurricular activities at some schools, according to the website.
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