Parents across the country are up in arms over the return of the ‘After School Satan Club’, which aims to indoctrinate young children with Satanic ideals.
The club, which targets elementary school-aged children, has sparked outrage among parents and religious groups, who are calling for it to be shut down.
The club is scheduled to take place on December 15 at B.M. Williams Primary School in Chesapeake.
Summit.news reports: A member of the Satanic Temple who organised the event argued that because the school has a Christian club, it also had to allow a Satan club.
“I would like to add that this club is only happening because of the Evangelical club that is already present at the school,” stated satanist Rose Bastet.
She added that the Christian club “does aim at indoctrinating children and we received a request from a concerned parent to make sure there is another club available to kids that don’t wish to be taught that they are sinful and subject to burning in hell for all eternity for slight infractions.”
A parent on the Facebook thread where the flier was posted noted that “Stuff like this is why the wife and I are sacrificing so much to send our son to a private school.”
In the wake of the backlash, the school district issued a statement noting “The School District has long held policies and procedures in place which allow varied community groups to use our publicly funded facilities outside of the school day. This is common practice among school districts around the state and nation. “
The statement continues, “Over the years, different religious groups have requested and been allowed to rent our facilities after hours. By law, CPS cannot discriminate based on beliefs among groups wishing to rent our facilities.”
It concludes, “Consistent with the law as detailed above and the criteria set out in the CPS Board policy regarding community use of facilities, the School District has approved a building use request from an organization known as the ‘After School Satan Club’ (ASSC) to host gatherings after school hours at B.M. Williams Primary School.”