Starry-eyed satanists could soon be preaching the gospel according to “Old Nick” at a school near you after various authorities in the U.S. have agreed to take lessons from the “After School Satan.”
The Lord of Flies and the Prince of Lies is probably in his oils in the wake of the news that nine schools in major cities such as Los Angeles, Seattle, and Washington, D.C., have signed up for fire and brimstone sermons from the point of view of people who believe hell’s not a bad place to be.
If it sounds devilishly diabolical, that’s because it is. The Express reports that the Satanic Temple has already been given the green light by nine schools to bring a little bit of Lucifer to the curriculum.
A sinister promotional video created by the Satanic Temple to celebrate the Supreme Court’s ruling, which allows evangelical religious programs to operate in schools, scans like a trailer for a new season of American Horror Story.
The advert to promote the horned one and the legions of hell shows children dancing around a maypole to a soundtrack of eerie and ambient chanting. There’s also a rather gruff demonic voice-over, and for whatever reason, a spider crawling across the face of a clown.
Yet isn’t bible studies with Beelzebub and being indoctrinated in the terrible ways of the chief of bull dung what you’d call something of a bad education?
No doubt about it, my Christian friend, but there is a caveat to this strange and unexpected tale, because far from extolling the traditional Satanic traits of greed, lust, wrath, pride, envy, gluttony, and sloth, the Satanic Temple’s message is apparently to counter the evangelical message of “a fear of Hell and God’s wrath” with “rationality, free inquiry and fun.”
Sound good? Well a spokesperson for the Satanic Temple, Lucien Greaves believes a little bit less of the devil we know and a little bit more of the devil we don’t will add a little bit of diversity to the traditional religious topic children are being exposed to in school.
“We prefer to give children an appreciation of the natural wonders surrounding them, not a fear of everlasting other-worldly horrors.
It’s critical that children understand that there are multiple perspectives on all issues, and that they have a choice in how they think.”
After School Satan meetings will include a health snack and a whole range of a creative learning activities, an art project, a literature lesson, a science lesson, and some problem solving.
Amy Jensen is a teacher who will lead one of the After School Satan Clubs, and she stresses that the groups are less about defying God and all his heavenly host, but more about encouraging empathy among all people, with a big emphasis on common sense.
“As a teacher, if I were deciding whether to teach that or the fear and hatred of other people’s beliefs, which is what Good News Clubs teach, I would choose what the Satanic Temple has available.”
The Liberty Counsel’s Mat Staver believes After School Satan is as bad as it sounds, but will probably run out of steam due to poor attendance.
“I would definitely oppose after-school Satanic clubs, but they have a First Amendment right to meet.
“It’s probably dust they’re kicking up and is likely to fade away in the near future for lack of interest.”
I wouldn’t bet on it. The devil after all, is in the detail.
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