Moline, IL - An Illinois school district is under fire for allowing an ‘after-school Satan Club' program being offered by The Satanic Temple.
Parents are outraged after a flyer inviting Jane Addams Elementary students ages 6 to 11 to an after school Satan Club circulated social media this week.
The Satanic Temple's co-founder claimed the Satan Club won't try to convert children to Satanism or force them to worship the devil.
"This actually isn't a club that's meant to proselytize Satanism or even engage in discussions about religious opinion," Satanic Temple co-founder Lucien Greaves told WQAD. "This is an educational program meant to focus on critical thinking and just basic education skills."
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The Belleville News-Democrat reported:
An Illinois school district is defending an after-school program being offered by The Satanic Temple, a national religious and human rights group.
Many parents are reportedly furious over the meetings that will be held at Jane Addams Elementary School in Moline.
Dr. Rachel Savage, the superintendent for Moline-Coal Valley Schools, said the school and its teachers are not involved in the club. Flyers were placed in the lobby of the school and parents must sign a permission slip to allow their children to attend, just as they do for Boys and Girls Scouts or any other club.
She said the Board of Education allows its facilities to be used for community use.
"To illegally deny their organization to pay to rent our publicly-funded institution, after school hours, subjects the district to a discrimination lawsuit, which we will not win, likely taking thousands upon thousands of tax-payer dollars away from our teachers, staff and classrooms," Savage said in a statement Wednesday, Jan. 12.
The statement from Savage came after many parents voiced concern over the club, WQAD reported.
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