The Satanic Temple has caused stirs after the group announced it would open ‘After School Satan Clubs’ for children as young as five.
The organisation has billed the extra-curricular option as a challenge to evangelical Christian after-school programming which they say has infiltrated America’s elementary schools.
“It’s critical that children understand that there are multiple perspectives on all issues, and that they have a choice in how they think,” said Doug Mesner, the Satanic Temple’s co-founder, according to The Washington Post.
But the group insist their plan has nothing to do with devil worship.
The Satanic Temple are a secular organisation and do not believe in any supernatural being. Mesner, who goes by the professional name of Lucien Greaves, says “Satan” is just a “metaphorical construct” intended to represent the rejection of all forms of tyranny over the human mind. He believes that scientific reason is the best way of viewing the world and the after-school club would focus on developing critical thinking and social skills. Christian Today