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Satanic student clubs use Christian clubs as precedent

Student prayer at a Good News Club meeting in Pasco County, 2009


Student prayer at a Good News Club meeting in Pasco County, 2009



We've written extensively about Christian organizations in the public schools, which are protected under the Equal Access Act as long as adults do not assume leadership roles.

While that particular law applies only to middle and high schools, organizations operating under a 2001 U.S. Supreme Court decision also organize Good News Clubs in some elementary schools. The clubs meet during after-school hours, teaching Scripture and engaging the children in activities with Christian themes. "The purpose of Good News Club is to evangelize boys and girls with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and establish (disciple) them in the Word of God and in a local church for Christian living," the sponsoring organization, Child Evangelism Fellowship, says on its website.

The next logical step?

The Satanic Temple wants to introduce After School Satan Clubs in schools around the nation, the Washington Post reports.

We don't know of any in the Tampa Bay area -- the only one in Florida that is listed on the organization's website is in Pensacola.

But read on; The Satanic Temple wants after-school Satan clubs in every school that also has a Good News Club.

In Hillsborough County, the School Board last year allowed a Good News Club to operate at Mitchell Elementary, rent-free. The waiver request that came before the board did not mention evangelism. Instead, it listed this purpose: "Teach important qualities such as kindness and integrity" and this objective: "Opportunity to support local community."

We'll write more if Satanic clubs begin appearing locally.






[Last modified: Sunday, July 31, 2016 7:42pm]


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