by Genevieve Demos Kelley
The Washington Post reports that The Satanic Temple has a new extracurricular program dubbed the “After School Satan Club,” with plans to introduce clubs at nine schools across the country, according to the program’s website. Prince George’s County’s Bradbury Heights Elementary School, in Capitol Heights, is on the list.
The club’s name is misleading. The Satanic Temple does not advocate the worship of Satan—or any other supernatural being. Its stated mission is “to encourage benevolence and empathy among all people. In addition, we embrace practical common sense and justice.” The After School Satan Clubs will encourage “a scientific, rationalist, non-superstitious world view.”
The After School Satan Clubs aim to provide a contrasting voice to the Christian message of the Good News Clubs, an evangelical ministry that organizes after-school clubs run by volunteers. According to the After School Satan Club’s website, “[o]nce religion invades schools, as The Good News Clubs have, The Satanic Temple will fight to ensure that plurality and true religious liberty are respected.”
Parent permission is required to attend either the After School Satan Club or the Good News Club.