Have no fear, parents. The radical left is definitely not targeting your children.
As cities and towns across the U.S. implement radical trans policies in schools, even small towns have not been spared. The latest way leftists are targeting children is via so-called “After School Satan Clubs,” and in this case, a small town in Connecticut is the target.
Lebanon, Connecticut, is a small rural community with a population of just over 7,200, according to the 2018 census. The town is about 20 miles southeast of Hartford, Connecticut’s capital city.
Law Enforcement Today received a tip about the new after-school activity to be hosted at the Lebanon Elementary School via a flyer sent to us. News of the “After School Satan Club” went viral shortly after we were notified.
According to WFSB in Hartford, the group, based out of Salem, Massachusetts (how appropriate), claims the name of the “club” is deceiving.
“ASSC volunteers are ready to create a fun and inviting place for students to learn and make new friends,” the group posted to social media. Not everyone is buying it.
A pastor we spoke to claims that Satan…aka the Devil…is a master deceiver, and the group trying to gloss over the invocation of Satan in the club’s name is part of that deception.
“The devil is a liar according to biblical writings, and the fact this group is claiming these clubs are “a fun and inviting place for students to learn and make new friends” is part of his litany of lies, using this group to further them, he told us.
However, their flyer post attempts to paint the group as nothing different from other fraternal organizations such as the Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts.
“The Satanic Temple is a non-theistic religion that views Satan as a literary figure [emphasis added] who represents a metaphorical construct of rejecting tyranny and championing the human mind and spirit. After School Satan Club does not attempt to convert children to any religious body. Instead, the Satanic Temple supports children to think for themselves. All After School Satan Clubs are based on activities centered around the Seven Fundamental Tenets and identify a scientific, rationalist, non-superstitious worldview.”
In other words, it is anti-religion without saying so. The group advertises children will engage in “community service” projects, puzzles, games, nature activities, arts and crafts, and snacks.”
What are the Seven Fundamental Tenets?
- One should strive to act with compassion and empathy toward all creatures in accordance with reason.
- The struggle for justice is an ongoing and necessary pursuit that should prevail over laws and institutions.
- One’s body is inviolable, subject to one’s own will alone.
- The freedoms of others should be respected, including the freedom to offend. To willfully and unjustly encroach upon the freedoms of another is to forgo one’s own.
- Beliefs should conform to one’s best scientific understanding of the world. One should take care never to distort scientific facts to fit one’s beliefs.
- People are fallible. If one makes a mistake, one should do one’s best to rectify it and resolve any harm that might have been caused.
- Every tenet is a guiding principle designed to inspire nobility in action and thought. The spirit of compassion, wisdom, and justice should always prevail over the written or spoken word.
After word of the latest attempt to indoctrinate children came out, Superintendent of Schools Andrew Gonzalez issued the following statement to WFSB on Friday morning, claiming the district had no choice but to allow it.
“The Lebanon Public Schools (LPS) allows outside organizations to use LPS facilities, in accordance with Board Policy 1007. As such, LPS must allow community organizations to access school facilities without regard to the religious, political, or philosophical ideas they express, as long as organizations comply with the viewpoint-neutral criteria set forth in the policy.
Not everyone will agree with or attend meetings of every group that is approved to use school facilities. However, prohibiting particular organizations from accessing our school buildings based on the perspectives they offer or express could violate our obligations under the First Amendment and other applicable law and would not align with our commitment to non-discrimination, equal protection, and respect for diverse viewpoints.”
Based on that statement, it would seem that if the National Rifle Association wanted to offer their “Eddie Eagle” program as an after-school “club,” that would be allowed under LPS policy. What about a “straight white male” club? Would that also be authorized? We guess the answer to both would be a hard “no.”
WFSB heard from parents who complained that parents were not given a say in the matter, while others called the club “sickening” and “outrageous.” Others (probably liberals” just called the situation “interesting.”
Amy Bourdon, a local parents choice advocacy group member, said the club did not belong at an elementary school.
“They’re trying to use events like this to recruit children at a young age and steer them away from religion,” Bourdon told Local 12.
“The context and the content of what they’re teaching the children, to have self-autonomy, and that they are the ones that should have the final say over what they think and what they believe is contrary to what the parents are trying to teach at home,” Bourdon continued.
The “club” is sponsored by the Satanic Temple, which claims it is “nontheistic.” However, the group has gotten itself involved in many causes favored by the left, such as the abortion issue.
Last month, a federal judge in Indiana dismissed an attempt by the group to block Indiana’s near-total abortion ban, Indiana Capital Chronicle reported.
In her ruling, Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson rejected the Satanic Temple’s lawsuit that claimed Indiana’s abortion ban violates the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, writing the group had “failed to demonstrate that its alleged cost of compliance or threat of prosecution amounts to injury.”
“The Satanic Temple had an opportunity to submit evidence,” but it “failed on all fronts,” the judge wrote.
Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita, who called the lawsuit “ridiculous,” slammed the Satanic Temple in a statement.
“We Hoosiers continue to build a solid culture of life whether satanic cultists like it or not,” he wrote.
So it would seem, based on item III of the “Seven Tenets,” that the Satanic Temple believes children, not their parents, should determine what is best for their body, “subject to their will alone.” It plays right into the radical pro-abortion and pro-sexual mutilation component of the Democrat Party, whereby they seek to remove parents from all decision-making.
The easiest solution for school boards facing these decisions is to simply not allow public school buildings to be used by groups for after-school activities. Unfortunately, radical groups such as the Satanic Temple take advantage of the Constitution to justify indoctrinating children in their perverted way of thinking. With that, even groups like the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts must likewise pay the price.