The Satanic Temple is working to secure the right to hold a back-to-school event for the After School Satan Club at a Pennsylvania high school.
TST, an activist organization that largely exists to extend the limits of the First Amendment to protect nominal “Satanism,” is arguing that if there can be back-to-school Christian prayer events, the “Satan Club” ought to have one too.
Officials in the Northern York County School District approved plans for the back-to-school event at Northern High School in Dillsburg, Pennsylvania last week.
The event is scheduled for September 24, The Christian Post reported.
“As a public school district, the use of our school facilities must be permitted without discrimination,” said the superintendent of schools, Steve Kirkpatric. “We cannot and do not arbitrarily pick and choose which organizations may or may not use our facilities.”
He added that the district “does not endorse the activity of any outside organization that rents our facilities, nor are those entities permitted to use the school district’s name or logo.”
The Satanic Temple will also be required to pay for security and custodial fees and any other fees associated with the event.
Lucien Graves, the founder of TST, reiterated to Fox News that his organization is committed to ensuring that there are non-Christian alternatives to publicly sanctioned religious events.
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“We don’t decry or begrudge anybody having a prayer event or anything like that,” he reportedly said. “It does become a problem, a serious problem, when you allow a back-to-school prayer event, but you don’t allow any other religious representation.”
However, as Pennsylvanian William Wilson told The Christian Post, TST’s professed beliefs are a concern in and of themselves.
“How can they say we believe in Satan but not God? Satan is God’s adversary. Without God there is no Satan,” the grandfather of Pennsylvanian schoolchildren noted.
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