Sounds like a delightful program! | Image: The Satanic Temple
Just so you know, according to the Friendly Atheist, 5% of elementary schools across America have explicitly Christian after school programs called “Good News Clubs.” That’s because the Equal Access Act of 1984 (praised by Jerry Falwell, of all people) meant that schools couldn’t stop the formation of after-school religious clubs so long as every religion (or non-religion) was allowed to do the same.
Enter The Satanic Temple’s After School Satan program.
“It’s important that children be given an opportunity to realize that the evangelical materials now creeping into their schools are representative of but one religious opinion amongst many. While the Good News Clubs focus on indoctrination, instilling them with a fear of Hell and God’s wrath, After School Satan Clubs will focus on free inquiry and rationalism, the scientific basis for which we know what we know about the world around us. We prefer to give children an appreciation of the natural wonders surrounding them, not a fear of everlasting other-worldly horrors.”
I, for one, wish them every bit of luck in their quest.
And if the “sneak religion into school” clubs get angry, well, they have only themselves to blame.
Also, they’re selling copies of The Satanic Children’s Big Book of Activities at their shop (only $9.95!).
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Richard Ford Burley is a human, writer, and doctoral candidate at Boston College, as well as an editor at Ledger, the first academic journal devoted to Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. In his spare time he writes about science, skepticism, feminism, and futurism here at This Week In Tomorrow.