Schools in Alaska and around the nation are already dealing with sexually explicit library books, transgender athletic controversies, parental rights violations and large numbers of failing students. Now, The Satanic Temple is opening afterschool clubs in the Lower-48.
On May 2, a federal judge ordered a Pennsylvania school district to allow an “After School Satan Club.”
The U.S. District Court for Easter Pennsylvania cited the First Amendment in deciding that the Saucon Valley School District could not bar The Satanic Temple from holding student meetings on school property. The court claimed the government must strive to “forward expression rather than quash it.” This is especially true with “controversial or inconvenient” speech, it added.
Judge John Gallagher added: “Indeed, it is the First Amendment that enumerates our freedoms to practice religion and express our viewpoints on religion and all the topics we consider sacred.”
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Satan clubs, however, are far more intent about attacking Christianity than they are about promoting allegiance to Satan. The brainchild of The Satanic Temple, several of these clubs have launched around the country in recent months with the stated goals of attacking Christian faith and promoting the idea that God does not exist. According to the Bible, however, Satan is a murderer and liar who “prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”
While there are no school Satan clubs in Alaska, the Satanic Temple has already made a mark in the state.
Nationally, The Satanic Temple is notorious for demanding to “pray” during borough, city and school board meetings if the gatherings also allow for Christian prayers. One of the group’s representatives did this during several Kenai Borough meetings over the past few years.
In 2021, the an ACLU lawsuit challenged the Kenai Borough for limiting public assembly prayers to officially recognized religious organizations. The Alaska Supreme Court decided against the borough. Since then, prayers that end with, “Hail Satan,” are periodically heard in the assembly chambers, most recently in December of 2022.