The Satanic temple—an alleged “religion”—set up a didactic workshop for students that generated anger and concern among parents who learned about it from a flyer circulated at the school.
A controversial school workshop for first through fifth graders on the Satanic temple was established at Jane Addams Elementary School in Moline, Illinois, and began this Thursday, the 13th, and will run through May of this year.
Some parents saw the flyer someone posted on social media and complained to school officials, so Dr. Rachel Savage, superintendent of Moline-Coal Valley Schools, wrote a letter to parents.
“I wanted to take a moment and share some additional information regarding the after-school club you may have heard about,” she wrote. “I know there are many mounting concerns and questions. I hear you and I understand.”
Dr. Savage assured parents that the brochure, the workshop, and its dissemination did not originate from the school, and the institution is not involved in it.
“A parent from within our district reached out to the national after-school satan club, informing them that Jane Addams Elementary School, in Moline, offers a child evangelism fellowship club and asked that they bring their program to that school as well, to offer parents a choice of different viewpoints,” the superintendent wrote.
Dr. Savage explained that due to school policies and regulations, the institution is obligated to allow the Satanic Temple, a registered religion in the United States, to use the school’s facilities for its workshop.
“Since we have allowed religious entities to rent our facilities after school hours, we are not permitted to discriminate against different religious viewpoints,” the superintendent clarified.
“To illegally deny their organization (viewpoint) to pay to rent our publicly funded institution, after school hours, subjects the district to a discrimination lawsuit, which we will not win, likely taking thousands upon thousands of taxpayer dollars away from our teachers, staff, and classrooms,” she added.
But the school distanced itself from the event anyway, saying the flyers and workshop were not disseminated by school personnel, are only available in the lobby, and it’s up to each student to take it or not.
In the flyer, the pseudo-religion explains that the workshop will feature science projects, puzzles, games, craft projects, and nature activities.
According to Fox News, the Satanic temple’s website says it seeks to encourage benevolence and empathy, reject tyrannical authority, advocate practical common sense, oppose injustice, and undertake noble pursuits,’ a somewhat contradictory claim given the evil nature of Satan who opposed God.
It further asserts that: “The Satanic Temple believes that religion can, and should, be divorced from superstition. As such, we do not promote a belief in a personal Satan. To embrace the name Satan is to embrace rational inquiry removed from supernaturalism and archaic tradition-based superstitions.”
By definition, religions, belief in God traditionally includes the supernatural and rightly brings man closer to the concept of miracles and faith that cannot always be explained under scientific principles.
Therefore, the description of the satanic temple does not match that of true religion.
The satanic temple made headlines last year when amid the Texas pro-life law, they began posting billboards urging people seeking abortions to join the satanic temple, where one of their rituals is abortion and therefore ‘protected’ from the law.
It is not clear how the satanic temple “seeks to foster benevolence” when one of its rituals is to kill unborn babies.
Among the comments from parents angry at the workshop, one said, “Our poor world is headed to hell on the back of a rocket!” Someone else noted, “[This will continue [until] parents take back their schools and kids.”