GREENSBORO, NC (WGHP) – Dozens of people gathered in Greensboro, North Carolina on Friday to hold a prayer rally against a controversial local Satan club after school.
Greensboro Police had officers stationed at Joyner Elementary School to make sure things were kept under control. About 50 people gathered with signs in their hands, and some knelt in prayer.
“Kind of a rallying thing to say, ‘We here in Greensboro don’t want this in our schools,'” said prayer rally organizer Tempe Moore.
The group says they want to stop the Satan Club after school from gathering inside Joyner Elementary School or any school in Guilford County.
Leaflets were sent out to pupils advertising the club late last week and were due to start at Joyner Elementary School on Friday.
“We are not trying to endorse Satanism or criticize other religious organizations. Our club is all about critical thinking, scientific rationalism,” said Satanic Temple co-founder Lucien Greave.
Guilford County Schools’ chief of staff said the club was under review.
Greaves said the Temple never start a club where they don’t have followers and supporters to put in one place. But Moore says she hopes Friday’s rally will encourage churches elsewhere to “take a stand” against the clubs.
There are four after-school Satan Clubs across the country, including those in Illinois and Ohio. An elementary school in Pennsylvania recently denied the club, creating a lawsuit.
Guilford County Schools wants parents to know that they are not associated with any after-school programs. They are also reviewing their legal counsel on how flyers for non-school sponsored clubs are distributed.
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