An elementary school in California is allowing an “After School Satanic Club” to have monthly meetings in the cafeteria. Some of the parents with children at Golden Hills School located in Tehachapi, CA, are outraged.
According to the Tehachapi News, “the Satanic Temple initiated conversation with the district in October and filed its full Civic Center Facilities User’s Permit Application on Oct. 21. On November 14, the group was notified that usage of the cafeteria at Golden Hills had been permitted.”
“I think it’s horrible,” said Sheila Knight, a fifth-grade grandma. “I can understand why the school needs to let them because they let other after-school programs like the Christian after-school program named Good News, which I’m fine with, but I can’t see why anyone would let their child join this Satanic club.”
“We keep religious things out of the Satan clubs’ lectures, and people frequently question us, well, why include Satanism at all, knowing that people will be upset by it?” According to Lucien Greaves, co-founder of the Satan Club. “The truth is, there is nothing they should be offended by, and we do not want people to be uninformed of who we are when we do these programs, as we believe there would be a more severe response if we tried to disguise it.”
“There’s now a Good News Group there which is educating youngsters to go rescue souls for God, at the school,” said Paul Hicks, who will be leading the club, which was created by the the Reason Alliance and the Satanic Temple. “We wish to present an alternate viewpoint. I’m not educating these children to be Satanic; I am not teaching them to worship Satan or identify as a Satanists; instead, we’re teaching critical thinking, science, empathy, and compassion.”
“So multiple people have said the new Satan club isn’t a religion, but it’s a philosophy club,” one non-religious poster on the Tehachapi Ask, Rants & Raves Facebook group stated. “So, why did they pick Satan? Why not form a club dedicated to Jean Paul Sartre’s existentialism? Why not join the Descartes Society? Etc. They named him Satan for a reason.”
“It’s horrible that they’re going after elementary school children,” one lady wrote. “Those are just kids.”