The Satanic Temple is attempting to take on the Child Evangelism Fellowship and the battlefield is after-school clubs.
The Satanic Temple wants its “After School Satan Club” to be available to students who are interested. It claims that the clubs will teach kids about science. Lucien Greaves, the temple’s leader, says that Satan is only a “metaphorical construct” that denies tyranny of the mind.
The Satanic Temple is planning to introduce its After School Satan Clubs in various different schools across nine states. It plans to use the same method that the Child Evangelism Fellowship did to apply for its after-school clubs to get approval, reports The Washington Post.
Greaves, whose real name is Doug Mesner, says that the club will hold activities once a month for one hour after school. The Satanic Temple is specifically targeting schools that have accepted Child Evangelism Fellowship’s Good News Clubs.
Parents that don’t want their kids involved in the After School Satan Club have nothing to fear. Children will need a signed permission slip before they can enter the group. Greaves argues that the Satanic Temple’s after-school activities will provide children with a positive message, rather than just telling them that they “are sinners and going to Hell,” USA Today notes.
“We would like to thank the Liberty Counsel, specifically, for opening the doors of public schools to the After School Satan Club through their dedication to religious liberty,” Greaves says in a statement found on the After School Satan Club’s website.
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