History class teaches kids about some of the most consequential people in human history, like Hammurabi, Joan of Arc, George Washington, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Karl Rove. And while there are after-school religion clubs that allow children to learn that all of this allegedly flows from the hands of God, they've been missing an opportunity to learn about who's probably really been behind the scenes this whole time: Satan. Now though, the Satanic Temple of New York City is hoping they can change that with the introduction of an After School Satan Club, according to the New York Post.
The Satanic Temple of New York City has a...well not actually all that devilish plan, to introduce After School Satan Club offerings to New York City school kids between the ages of 5 and 12. According to Satanic Temple of New York City co-founder Lucien Graves, the potential offering is a counter-balance to the city's existing after-school Christian clubs, and a chance for children to learn that you can in fact "embrace the iconography of Satan and still lead a moral life," he told the Post.
The clubs would offer your standard after-school activities like reading and art projects, but based around the idea of living your life according to the teachings of the Morning Star. They would also offer snacks, which is a very important part of any after-school club. The effort follows in the footsteps of Satanist temples across the country attempting to open clubs in Maryland, Utah, Texas and Arizona according to the Washington Post.
The temple has good legal standing to introduce the clubs, since the Department of Education can only ban clubs that encourage discrimination, and the temple's seven fundamental tenets include such reasonable beliefs as "One should strive to act with compassion and empathy towards all creatures in accordance with reason" and "One’s body is inviolable, subject to one’s own will alone."
The biggest issue holding up the establishment of a club in any school would be getting a teacher to sponsor it. David Prince, a veteran teacher in the New York City school system, told us he would pass up being a Satanic sponsor, because "clubs are zero sum—having a Young Satanists club means that there won't be a club for arts, music, cooking, robotics, or enrichment. In an ideal school with unlimited funding, as long as the club was able to promote the academic development of the students, why not? Kids should be exposed to different worldviews, and the Young Satanists club is certainly unique. But realistically, I would rather the students play a sport or take part in one of the activities above."
Another current New York City school teacher, who requested anonymity to avoid the hassle from the DOE, was also cool to the idea of sponsoring a club. "If this was a genuine effort to enrich the lives of the students within the New York City public school system and they wanted to slap a Church of Satan sticker on it, that would be one thing, but this reeks of purely political motives. This is Jared Leto preparing for Suicide Squad: A bunch of obnoxious theater for the benefit of a few self-righteous douches with no added benefit to the end product."