A Portland School, Scaramento Elementary, has recently approved the After School Satan Club application to become an official after school program. One of the club’s stated purpose is to oppose the existing Good News Clubs which is a Christian after-school outreach program. Many of the applications in other schools are schools where Good News Clubs exist.
The club further states on their website that “It’s important that children be given an opportunity to realize that the evangelical materials now creeping into their schools are representative of but one religious opinion amongst many. While the Good News Clubs focus on indoctrination, instilling them with a fear of Hell and God’s wrath, After School Satan Clubs will focus on free inquiry and rationalism, the scientific basis for which we know what we know about the world around us. We prefer to give children an appreciation of the natural wonders surrounding them, not a fear of everlasting other-worldly horrors.”
In Washington, the Mount Vernon School District has been wrestling with their application. Their lawyer this month has issued an opinion that the District must approve the club.
News of the club’s acceptance has made many national news outlets.
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