After-school Satan club for elementary students launches in retaliation to ‘horrific’ Christian ‘indoctrination’

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An Illinois elementary school is generating headlines after a flyer advertising an after-school Satan club surfaced online. The club meetings would be sponsored and hosted by the Satanic Temple and would take place after hours but on school property.

The flyer described the club meetings as being based on “a uniform syllabus that emphasizes a scientific, nationalist, non-superstitious worldview” and are set to be held over a period of five days at Jane Addams Elementary School in Moline.

The club is aimed at first through fifth-graders and will feature “science projects, puzzles and games, arts and crafts projects, [and] nature activities.”

A spokesperson for the Moline-Coal Valley School District released a statement defending the flyer and the club after questions were raised on social media, part of which stated there are “policies and administrative procedures in place which allow for community use of its publicly funded facilities outside the school day.”

Religious groups are permitted to rent the school’s facilities “for a fee.”


(Video: WQAD-TV)

“Flyers and promotional materials for these types of groups are approved for lobby posting or display only, and not for mass distribution,” the spokesperson added. “Please note that the district must provide equal access to all groups and that students need parental permission to attend any after-school event. Our focus remains on student safety and student achievement.”

The full statement reads:

The Moline-Coal Valley School District understands that there is concern and confusion over an upcoming after-school club at Jane Addams elementary.

The District would like to provide information on the situation. The Moline-Coal Valley School District and Board of Education have policies and administrative procedures in place which allow for community use of its publicly funded facilities outside the school day.

The district does not discriminate against any groups who wish to rent our facilities, including religious-affiliated groups. Religiously affiliated groups are among those allowed to rent our facilities for a fee.

The district has, in the past, approved these types of groups, one example being the Good News Club, which is an after-school child evangelism fellowship group. Flyers and promotional materials for these types of groups are approved for lobby posting or display only, and not for mass distribution.

Students or parents are then able to pick up the flyer from the lobby, if they so choose, which is aligned to District policy. Please note that the district must provide equal access to all groups and that students need parental permission to attend any after-school event. Our focus remains on student safety and student achievement.

The founder of the Satanic Temple apparently got wind of the rules and launched the ‘club’ in response to the Evangelical group that takes place after school.

“We thought it would be nice to offer an alternative to that type of horrific indoctrination,” he said in the segment above provided by WQAD News.

The Twitter account Libs of Tik Tok shared a photo of the flyer, captioned, “An elementary school in Illinois gave out these flyers promoting an after school satan club.”

Reactions to the flyer covered the entire spectrum of condemnation and support, as one might imagine:

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