No sympathy for the devil: ‘After School Satan Club’ for elementary students rejected by Pa. school board

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The school board for Northern Elementary School in York, Pennsylvania overwhelmingly voted down the “After School Satan Club” in an 8-to-1 vote during a meeting on Tuesday evening after it was pushed and promoted by a parent at the school.

The principal at the school initially rejected the club out of hand. Then it was tabled for a probationary vote at the school board meeting where it failed to find support. There are currently four similar clubs that have been placed in schools across the country. The group is attempting to expand at every available opportunity into elementary schools.

After board member Thomas Welch voted for the Satanic club, Lucien Greaves, the Satanic Temple spokesperson, said, “Someone voted in favor, eh? It is indicative of a school board that has no idea what its limits are and its function is.”

The parent who proposed the club to the district is ironically named Samantha Groome. She listed the seven tenets of the Satanic Temple and then asked the board what was objectionable about the group’s mission.

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“I never thought anything like this would come to the district… I don’t want my son to be exposed to anything of the sort,” Amy Wintermyer, who is a parent of a student at the school, told local Fox 43.

“There is a lot of evil already in this world, so to allow it to come into our school and our community is not OK,” remarked one parent named Laura Vangeli, according to CBS 21.

“Satan is a liar and Satan will show himself as light when in fact he’s not light,” another parent named Maddie Snelbaker adamantly stated.

Over 300 angry parents reportedly showed up at the board meeting. Many were horrified over the thought of letting anything connected to Satan into the school district.

According to the Satanic Temple, students would participate in activities such as science and crafts projects, games, and puzzles. Greaves claims that the children would be taught benevolence, empathy, critical thinking, problem-solving, and creative expression.

“I’m hoping that with our presence, people can see that good people can have different perspectives, sometimes on the same mythology, but not mean any harm,” he told Fox News.

“The After School Satan Club is an after-school program that promotes self-directed education by supporting the intellectual and creative interests of students,” the Satanic Temple proclaims via its website.

“If they deny us the use of a public facility, which they have no right to do it’ll have to move into litigation, costly litigation that the community is going to have to pay for,” Greaves warned following the vote against the club.

“That’s not something we like to do,” he commented, according to the York Daily Record. “Unfortunately, we have to put up the funds for our own litigation to move forward to make sure that people understand the Constitution, understand what religious liberty actually means, where their authority ends and what’s covered under the First Amendment.”

“The school board does not have the authority to decide which religious organizations they prefer holding after-school clubs and which one they don’t,” Greaves told CBS 21.

“I hope that when people understand that it will be less easy for them to use these old witch hunter mythologies that never served a positive function,” he said.

Another “Satan Club” was opened in a Moline, Illinois, elementary school, as part of the Satanic Temple’s nationwide campaign to counter the Christian Good News Clubs that are offered to schoolchildren after regular-hour classes. Parents protested outside the Jane Addams Elementary School as well but the group was permitted to meet in January.

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