Elementary and other schools have all kinds of clubs for students, however, a flyer for a “School Satan Club” now making the rounds has a lot of people doing double takes.
The flier and social media announcement that emerged recently is titled “The Satanic Temple After School Club” and includes the enticing invitation: “Hey Kids, let’s have fun at the After School Satan Club!
There will be “Science Projects!” Puzzles and games! Arts and crafts projects! Nature activities!”
As per the invitation to all elementary students, Satan Club will be held in the cafeteria of Joyner Elementary School at 3300 Normandy Road in Greensboro on Friday, April 29 and Friday, May 27 from 2:15-3:15 p.m. It is open to students in grades one through six from any school.
The event is sponsored by “The Satanic Temple After School Satan Club”.
Guilford County Commissioner James Upchurch said he was unsure what to make of the alleged club when he found out.
“I didn’t know if it was a joke or not,” Upchurch said.
He said he called Guilford County Manager Mike Halford and asked him to investigate.
An outraged Upchurch said he also phoned the chairman of the Guilford County Board of Commissioners, Skip Alston, to update him on the situation.
Upchurch said he and county officials are still looking into the matter, but added that at this point he understood it was not a joke.
“It seems to be real,” he said.
Upchurch said that rather than a joke, the club is more a consequence of schools not being able to discriminate against religious groups when it comes to using school facilities.
In January, the Moline-Coal Valley School District in Illinois had a very similar controversy, with parents there also posting on social media a lot of “What The ?????!” posts.
The same flyer was used in this incident, with only basic time and location information changes. Both forms also include an attached permission sheet for parents to sign.
In Illinois, school officials explained, “The School District and the Moline-Coal Valley School Board have administrative policies and procedures in place that allow for the community’s use of its publicly funded facilities outside of the school day.” He added that the district does not discriminate against any group that wishes to rent public facilities, including religious groups.
There have been similar stories in other parts of the country.
Satan Club, the flyer says, does not attempt to convert children to a religious ideology, but rather supports children’s ability to think for themselves. After-school Satan clubs emphasize a “scientific and rationalistic” worldview.
According to the flyer, children will learn “caring and empathy, critical thinking, problem solving, creative expression, and personal sovereignty.”
It says Satan Clubs are taught by volunteers “who have passed criminal background checks and been vetted.” Although you should probably keep in mind that they were controlled by satanists.