The Satanic Temple (TST) plans to host an “After School Satan Club” back-to-school event at a high school in Pennsylvania next month.
On Tuesday, officials from the Northern York County School District approved the hosting of the event at Northern High School in Dillsburg, Pennsylvania, Fox 43 reported.
Dillsburg is the same town where a local school board took down TST for hosting an “After School Satan Club” event at an elementary school in April, Breitbart News reported at the time.
Parents and residents have expressed strong opposition to hosting a community event in April.
“They’ve already taken God out of the schools now they’re going to let Satan in, it’s just crazy,” Perry County resident Jennifer McAllister said in April, according to Fox 34.
“There is already a lot of evil in this world, so allowing him into our school and our community is not OK,” another parent, Laura Vangeli, told WHP at the time.
A temple spokesperson said the event should be viewed in the same way as religious freedom law.
“We talk about defending the fundamental pillars of democracy and the First Amendment,” said Lucien Graves, co-founder of TST.
Does your child’s school need an after-school club as an alternative to the Good News Club or other religious clubs? After School Satan Club (ASSC) is back! https://t.co/meoLJJsYiE #EducatinWithSatan #ASSC #AfterSchoolSatan #TheSatanicTemple pic.twitter.com/8ihCDLlQPM
— The Satanic Temple (@satanic_temple_) January 8, 2022
“The Northern York County School District released a statement about the event, saying it does not endorse the activity of outside organizations that rent its facilities,” according to Fox 34.
In May, parents and other protesters prayed and rallied against TST to hold a similar “After School Satan Club” event at an elementary school in Greensboro, North Carolina, Breitbart News noted.
After the Supreme Court decision that overturned Roe vs. Wade in June, TST considered itself a “beacon of light” in pushing for abortion-friendly policies. The temple’s website further claims that “satanic abortions are protected by religious freedom laws.”
The temple announced that it was recognized as a “church” with tax-exempt status by the IRS, Breitbart News noted in 2019.
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