The Satanic Temple (TST) chapter of Portland, Oregon, has obtained permission to hold its “After School Satan” club starting Oct. 19 at Sacramento Elementary School.
On its website, the group expresses its motivation to “counter evangelism in schools” and emphasize “a scientific, rationalist, non-superstitious world view” to children. Specifically, the group calls out the Good News Clubs on its website as providing “twisted Evangelical teachings” to children and robbing them of “the innocence and enjoyment of childhood, replacing them with a negative self image, preoccupation with sin, fear of Hell and aversion to critical thinking.”
While the Good News Club is already present in numerous Oregon schools, this is only the second After School Satan program the group has managed to obtain permission to run in Oregon. The club also has programs running in Washington, D.C., Arizona, Missouri, Washington, Utah, Florida, California and Georgia, according to their website.
In a press release on their website, Lucien Greaves, a spokesperson for TST, explains parents at schools where the After School Satan program is offered can expect “to be presented with a permission slip from their children in the first weeks of the Fall semester.” Greaves also explains that the school districts the TST has approached for permission “are not at liberty to deny us use of their facilities, nor are they at liberty to deny us any level of representation in the schools that they afford to other school clubs—such as fliers, tables, brochures and school-wide announcements.”
According to an article by USA Today, the groups meet for one hour, once a month after school. The groups will be led by volunteers “who have been vetted by the Executive Ministry for professionalism, social responsibility, superior communication skills and lack of criminal history,” according to their website.
This disheartening news highlights the fact that we are in a very real spiritual battle that our children are experiencing with us. Even though TST states on their website that they don’t “promote a belief in a personal Satan,” it’s clear they revere him as a symbol “of the Eternal Rebel in opposition to arbitrary authority.” Sounds like a not-so-subtle attempt to gloss over their true intentions, which is a hallmark of enemy’s tactics. Not only should we be praying against this recent move of the TST, we should also not grow weary in doing good or standing in the ground where God has placed us. This is a serious spiritual attack aimed at the youngest members of our ranks—it’s not something to take lightly or write off as a move toward religious freedom. I encourage you to pray for the children of your church, your community and our nation as they are stepping onto this battleground every day. Pray also for the teachers and mentors in these children’s lives, many of whom are doubtless committed to teaching them the truth.