A controversial club called “The After School Satan Club” was put forward as an extracurricular activity option at Northern Elementary School in York, Pennsylvania. Parents were very concerned about the idea.
According to Fox News, a Satanic Club was proposed and rejected by the principal; nevertheless, it was proposed to be voted on by the school board.
According to its website, the Satanic group reportedly aims to oppose any extracurricular activities conducted by Christian clubs in schools, a
But, The Satanic Temple movement, which describes itself as a religion on its website, managed to open a Satanic Club at Jane Addams Elementary School in Moline, Illinois , to push back against a Christian Club (the Christian Good News Club) that conducts after-school extracurricular activities. In January, parents showed their displeasure by protesting outside the school over the formation of the Satanic Club, according to Fox News.
Lucien Greaves, the spokesman for Satanic Temple, said of the club, “I hope that with our presence, people can see that good people can have different perspectives, sometimes on the same mythology, but mean no harm.”
Among the supposed values that the Satanist Club presents on its website are the words reject, oppose from a sense of justice, and rationality. They propose freedom in all aspects, including the freedom to offend, and it manifests as an order to respect scientific facts over beliefs.
In addition, it describes bodily autonomy to promote the freedom to have an abortion, among other aspects in opposition to the principles of Christianity.
Last night, the parent-teacher board met and by a near-unanimous vote overturned the After School Satan Club proposal, according to Penn Live.
Samantha Groome, a resident of the district, was charged with promoting the Satan Club. But the board, except Thomas Welch, voted against it.
300 people attended to debate the national After School Satan Club. Some parents quoted Scripture to reinforce their points of belief, while others interrupted the Satanic group’s justifications.
Jodie Osborne quoted Scripture and said, “I’m sad that all we’re talking about is Satan. It’s not about Satan, it’s about God,” Osborne said. “The wrongs will be righted, and if we don’t stand up now, we’re going to lose our nation.”
Paul Miller called on the community to drive the club’s supporters out of town. While one audience member held a crucifix over the crowd as others expounded.
A high school junior from Northern York County defended the movement, saying the After School Satan Club could provide a place for kids who know they are different.
Jackie Bieber, commented that she had just lost a son to a suicide website run by a Satanic group.
Finally, after a long debate, the parents of the school, through the school board, decided not to expose their children to the Satanic Club and were convinced not to allow their community to establish a Satanic temple there.
“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,” parent Amy Wintermyer told local Fox 43.