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A statue is seen in Madrid's most popular park, April 29, 2005. A beautiful angel named Lucifer, wrought in bronze, its mouth agape in horror with fang-baring snakes coiled about its legs, looking foreward as it falls from Heaven. I(AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

Meet the After School Satan Club


After School Satan Clubs coming to public schools

The After School Satan Club really wants to lure your kids into the arms of the Prince of Darkness.

Not really. But it is a real organization, and it does have a message for kids.

The club's founders argue Christian groups have gotten into public schools, so why shouldn't Satanists?

"It's critical that children understand that there are multiple perspectives on all issues, and that they have a choice in how they think," Satanic Temple co-founder Doug Mesner told The Washington Post (though he prefers the title Lucien Greaves).

To be clear, the group doesn't worship the devil. It uses the Satan as a representation of rebellion against tyranny.

And the meetings don't include cult rituals, but rather snacks, academic lessons and art projects.

So why did the group get started at all?

It can be traced back to the Good News Club, an organization founded in 1937 that aimed to spread fundamentalist Christianity. They were largely banned from public schools for fear that it would violate the First Amendment.

But in 2001, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled it could teach there, and a decade later, there were more than 3,500 Good News Clubs nationwide.

The members of the Satanic Temple are trying to use the same tactics, the Post reports.

We prefer to give children an appreciation of the natural wonders surrounding them, not a fear of an everlasting other-worldly horror.
Doug Mesner

The curriculum has been praised by some teachers for focusing on benevolence and empathy. 

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