A self-proclaimed “satanic children’s ministry” plans to teach its doctrines in schools in Knox County in Tennessee.
According to the satanic organization’s Facebook page, Sterchi Elementary School and Knox County elementary schools could be the first to adopt a program of satanic teachings as an after-school activity.
This initiative is actually a strategy to sabotage the teaching of Christianity as an elective after-school activity in U.S. county schools, which is the organization’s primary goal.
The Knox County School Board plans to vote in December on a proposal to implement the Elgin Children’s Foundation’s Bible Release Time program.
The program, framed in a Tennessee statute, consists of allowing children to miss one hour of class per month for religious moral instruction, if certain conditions stipulated by a 1952 Supreme Court decision are met: That parents give written consent, that this instruction be conducted outside of school, and that the activity not be publicly funded.
“In the effort to help children pursue the brightest futures possible, we believe this foundational instruction in the Bible is critically important,” the foundation explains on its website.
However, this is what the members of the Satanic Temple want to avoid.
“We would prefer that the school board vote against any written policy for religious outreach programs, but if they don’t, we are prepared to implement a program,” a spokesman for the group told the Daily Mail.
According to the Bible, the goal of Satan, also called Lucifer, is to seduce everyone with lies and “make war on those who keep God’s commandments.”
And it seems that this is still the mission of Satan’s followers today, as they put all their efforts into preventing children from having access to one hour of Christian religion per month, given out of school and without public funding.
In spite of everything, the Elgin Foundation shares on its website the great success of its program:
“As of 2018, we are currently in 13 of our school districts and 47 schools across 3 states and have an average attendance of over 5,500 students. We are hopeful to continue expanding this wonderful program.”