How would you feel if the Good News Club (Child Evangelism Fellowship) was bringing its Jesus message into your child’s school? Well, this group is in thousands of schools–maybe more than 5%. This is legal. . .right now. . .but it’s opened the door for other religious groups to reach our kids. Seems fair, right? Enter: The Satanic Temple.
Ahhh, good old fashioned alternative choices for the kids!
As my regular readers know, I love these guys! They are one of the only organizations that directly (and boldly) challenges Religious Exceptionalism and Privilege which is often cloaked in fake “Religious Liberty” nonsense (“We’re being Persecuted!”).
One ST leader makes the group’s plan nice and clear,
“We would like to thank the Liberty Counsel specifically for opening the doors to the After School Satan Clubs through their dedication to religious liberty,” Greaves explained to the gathering of chapter heads in Salem. “So, ‘the Satanic Temple leverages religious freedom laws that put after-school clubs in elementary schools nationwide.’ That’s going to be the message.”
“While the Good News Clubs focus on indoctrination, instilling children with a fear of hell and God’s wrath, After School Satan Clubs will focus on free inquiry and rationalism,” Greaves said. “We prefer to give children an appreciation of the natural wonders surrounding them, not a fear of an everlasting other-worldly horror.”
Note to Remember: this has nothing to do with “worshipping satan and evil” or any of that supernatural nonsense. These are rational, ethical people who are making a very good point. In fact, I would say we Need Them, especially right now in our god-soaked culture.
Why is the Satanic Temple doing this now?
Does the Satanic Temple really want religion — even its own — in public schools?
Greaves is blunt: “We are only doing this because Good News Clubs have created a need for this. If Good News Clubs would operate in churches rather than public schools, that need would disappear. But our point is that if you let one religion into the public schools you have to let others, otherwise it’s an establishment of religion.”
I wish them well. . .
And wish for the day when “the need would disappear,” when religious instruction is reserved for churches, mosques, synagogues and satanic temples, rather than public schools!
American Founder James Madison warned us a long time ago of,
“The danger of a direct mixture of religion and civil government.”
Let’s keep the Wall of Separation between Religion and State strong, tall and defended.