Satan versus Christianity (who's behind this?)


There seems no end to the efforts of some to destroy all remnants of what was good about America.
Think that Satan would be considered as someone who would be welcome in America's elementary schools?
I could not imagine such a thought as being within the realm of acceptability in 1950s America.
But now the Washington Post can write about those pushing such a goal
without what would have once been obligatory, the condemnation of the thought
in both the news pages (via a raft of people who would be quoted as condemning the idea)
and on the editorial and op-ed pages, via the newspapers opinion-leaders condemning the idea.

At least the Post makes clear what the real target of this effort is:
to drive Christianity out of public schools, even in a voluntary, after-school setting.
The effort of some to reduce the role of Christianity in America knows no limits.

Here are some of the newspaper articles to which I refer:

An After School Satan Club could be coming to your kid’s elementary school
By Katherine Stewart
Washington Post, 2016-07-30

[This article is illustrated with a photo of a cartoon of a smiling Satan.
Satan with a friendly face.
Thanks a lot.]

SALEM, Mass. —It’s a hot summer night, and leaders of the Satanic Temple
have gathered in the crimson­-walled living room of a Victorian manse
in this city renowned for its witch trials in the 17th century.
They’re watching a sepia-toned video, in which children dance around a maypole,
a spider crawls across a clown’s face
and eerie, ambient chanting gives way to a backward, demonic voice-over.
The group chuckles with approval.

They’re here plotting to bring their wisdom to the nation’s public elementary school children.
They point out that Christian evangelical groups
already have infiltrated the lives of America’s children
through after-school religious programming in public schools,
and they appear determined to give young students a choice: Jesus or Satan.

[Get that: "wisdom".]


Several school districts say After School Satan clubs likely in line with policies
By Katherine Stewart and Moriah Balingit
Washington Post, 2016-08-01

Several U.S. school districts indicated Monday that they think the Satanic Temple’s plan to open “After School Satan” clubs in elementary schools probably conforms with their policies and local laws, and the Prince George’s County, Md., school system said it is reviewing a request to open such a club.

[Talk about America being on the wrong track!]

If the districts allow the clubs, it would pave the way for the Temple to create a counterpoint to evangelical Christian clubs in schools nationwide.

The Satanic Temple on Monday contacted school districts across the country to announce that it wants to open after-school clubs that focus on teaching reason and science, including at an elementary school in Prince George’s. Temple leaders in part want to make the point that religion should not be taught in public schools, and they are working to start clubs in schools or school districts that have hosted proselytizing religious clubs, such as the Good News Club, which is allowed to sponsor groups in schools.


After School Satan Club proposal spurs debate on religious activity in public schools
By Katherine Stewart
Washington Post, 2016-08-04