I do not worship Satan and this is an
unbiased-fact piece. I just really feel the need
to state this now before we start having heart
attacks all over the Tri-State area. Thank you.
Elementary after school programs are a blessing to everyone that has a school-aged child. Parents are able to work normal hours without paying for a sitter or worrying about which with kids they’re out doing hoodrat stuff. Kids are in a safe environment learning and creating fun experiments, such as making a lamp out of a pop can (4-H in Fourth Grade. What up, Grandview) and teenage girls are hired as “teachers”, learning how to budget their money to buy the Michael Kors purse that Santa didn’t bring them for Christmas. My mom made me go to the after school program, as a child, because she didn’t love me. I sat in the corner and rolled my eyes at the other kids because I thought I was way too cool for everyone there (I was). In recent news released on Monday, for the cynical and sassy children of L.A., a new after school program is on the rise- After School Satan.
I wish I was able to take in everyone’s facial expressions right now.
“This country is going to hell in a hand basket! The Devil is really trying to get as many of us as he can before God kicks his ass!” – My Grandmother.
Chase Street Elementary in Panorama City, a school within Los Angelas Unified School district, is the first to take on this program with potential to spread to Washington D.C. and Atlanta. The Satanic Temple plans of networking their program to focus on free independent thinking and critical reasoning without any mentioning of Devil worship or any negative religious teachings, counteractive to famous Christian public school group, Good News Club. With the passing of the 2001 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of religious extra curricular programs in public schools across the country, the ST hopes to offer another option for students.
“It’s critical that children understand that there are multiple perspectives on all issues, and that they have a choice in how they think,” said Doug Mesner, the Satanic Temple’s co-founder.
Throwing the words “satanic”, “children” and “school” around in the same sentence does shout a little sketchy to us all but the TS stresses that its teachings solely will comprise of “scientific rationalism,” described as “a scientific, rationalist, non-superstitious worldview.” Teachers are already starting to side with the ST, such as educator, Amy Jensen who was awarded her Master’s Degree in Curriculum, Instruction and Teaching. Jensen came forth illustrating that the ST encourages and advocates practical thinking and common sense along with the empathy of all people of all races, religions, sexes and backgrounds.
“As a teacher, if I were deciding whether to teach that or the fear and hatred of other people’s beliefs, which is what Good News Clubs [(a Christian extra curricular program)] teach, I would choose what the Satanic Temple has available,” Jensen noted.
“While the Good News Clubs focus on indoctrination, instilling children with a fear of hell and God’s wrath, After School Satan Clubs will focus on free inquiry and rationalism,” Greaves said. “We prefer to give children an appreciation of the natural wonders surrounding them, not a fear of an everlasting other-worldly horror.”
Share with us your thoughts. Are you and my Grandma Carol both in disbelief or are you in favor of doing whatever you want? Leave us a comment and lets discuss this movement making its way across the nation.