An elementary school in California is facing a lot of heat from parents after promoting an After School Satan Club geared at students as young as 5. The controversial club was set to meet on December 5 at Golden Hills Elementary School in Tehachapi, according to Bakersfield Now.
The After School Satan Club has existed for a decade and is meant to educate children and encourage critical thinking, and not teach Satanism, according to co-founder and spokesperson Lucien Greaves.
“We keep religious matters out of the teachings of the after school Satan clubs and people often ask us, well then why include Satanism at all, being that people are going to be offended by it? Well, the fact of the matter is, there’s nothing to be offended by and we don’t want people to be unaware of who we are when we run these programs, as we think there would be a more intense backlash if we were trying to hide it,” Greaves said.
The After School Satan Club is found in schools where the Good News Club, an organization that teaches children the Gospel and helps them build a relationship with God, resides.
In fact, the Satanic Temple even state on their own website that, “the After School Satan Clubs meet at select public schools where Good News Clubs and other religious clubs meet.” There is no doubt that the organization is trying to start a battle with Christianity.
Paul Hicks, a critical-thinking professor, would be in charge of running the club. He insisted that while Satan is in its name, the club has no intention of teaching kids about Satan.
“I’m not teaching these kids to be Satanic, I’m not teaching these kids that they need to hail Satan or identify as Satanists,” he declared. “What we’re doing is we’re thinking critical thinking, we’re teaching science, we’re teaching empathy and benevolence.”
“There’s currently a Good News Club there which is teaching kids to go save souls for Jesus, at the school. We want to give an alternative point of view,” Hicks added.
While Greaves and Hicks insist that their club is not meant to have evil intentions and instead should be seen more as a philosophical club, many beg to differ.
“I think it’s disgusting, I understand the school has to allow them because they allow other after-school programs such as the good news, which is a Christian-based after-school program, that one I’m OK with, but I can’t imagine why anyone would want their child to attend this Satanic group,” Sheila Knight, a grandparent of fifth-grader at Golden Hills, told Bakersfield Now.
John Lathrop, a concerned citizen, posted his frustration in the Facebook group “Tehachapi Ask, Raves and Rants.”
“So several people have told me that the new Satan after school club at Golden Hills elementary is not a religion, but a philosophy club … Then why did they choose Satan?” Lathrop asked.
“Why not the Jean Paul Satre existentialism club? Why not the Descartes club? Etc. They put Satan in the name for a reason. People should stop being intellectually dishonest and just own up to the fact that they want kids to worship Satan as a secular god.”
“To deliberately push Satanism on young children is a form of spiritual terrorism,” said John Ritchie, TFP Student Action director. “What schools need the most is God, truth, and virtue. But the Satanic Temple wants to open more satan clubs and expose innocent children, ages 5 to 12, to the greatest spiritual danger — the destructive influence of Hell.”
“When most children are thinking about the peaceful beauty of Christmas, kids at Golden Hills Elementary are grappling with the enemy of Christmas: dark, anti-Christian, in-your-face satanism,” Ritchie continued.
“This is a spiritual battle with two possible outcomes. If we want to restore peace in schools, and foster harmony in society, we should respect and honor the Prince of Peace,” Ritchie said. “As a culture, we can’t serve two masters. Either we serve God and enjoy peace, or we serve the father of lies, a murderer from the beginning (John 8:44) and experience more crime, more revolt, and more chaos.”
“America is One Nation Under God,” it reads, “and I encourage you to use every legal means to protect our children from Satan, the father of lies.”