Outrageous: School district defends offering ‘After School Satan Club’ at elementary school

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MOLINE, IL- The New York Post reports that a school district in Illinois is under fire after it was found an elementary school in the district is offering something called “After School Satan Club’ as an extracurricular program.

The so-called “educational” offering is sponsored by the Satanic Temple of the United States.

The program is directed toward children in first through fifth grade and is taught by volunteers at the Jane Addams Elementary School in Moline, Illinois.

The program is scheduled to meet five times this year beginning next Thursday, according to program flyers circulated through social media.

 

The flyer says the club will consist of activities such as science projects, puzzles, games, arts and crafts, and outdoor nature activities.

Children will be taught benevolence and empathy, critical thinking, problem solving, creative expression and personal sovereignty.

According to the Satanic Temple—described as more of an activist group and think tank rather than a religious institution—the program is offered at select public schools were “Good News” programs exist, and is intended to be “educationally enriching.”

The group says they have no intention of converting children to Satanism.

Proselytization is not our goal, and we’re not interested in converting children to Satanism,” the temple says on its website. “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.”

The flyer drew some attention from parents on social media, to which the district leadership were forced to respond.

Parents were assured that “no teachers from Jane Addams, or any other district teacher, is involved and “Flyers were not distributed to all students,” according to Rachel Savage, Superintendent of Schools for the Moline-Coal Valley Schools in a message to district families.

Savage said the group was renting space in the school and it was “not generated by the district and is not affiliated with Jane Addams or the district.”

Despite Savage claiming the school district wasn’t involved, they did provide a means for the Satanic Temple to distribute flyers for the program, with thirty of them being placed in the school’s lobbies.

Savage said this is typically done for all organizations and events at the school that are “religious in nature.”

The Daily Wire noted that the flyer had a permission slip at the bottom of the flyer for parents to complete if they wanted their children to attend the after school club. The flyer also noted that “This is not an activity of the school or the School District.”

She also noted that the board of education allows the community to use its facilities, and approves several agreements for such usage with local churches.

“To illegally deny their organization (viewpoint) 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 taxpayer dollars away from our teachers, staff, and classrooms,” Savage wrote.

The Satanic Temple claims on its website that it views Satan as a “mythical figure representing individual freedom.”

The Daily Wire said that a parent had reached out to the district, according to Savage, and said that since the school offers a child evangelism fellowship club, she asked to bring the Satanic Temple program to the school.

The organization, however, is not without controversy.

According to Newsweek, four former members of the group are being sued for over $140,000 for so-called “reputation losses” after they made a number of allegations against the organization, including mismanagement of funds, harassment of dissenters, toleration of anti-Semitism, and abusive leadership.

They also referred to it as a “cult-like group masquerading as a religion,” Newsweek reported.

The four have received information from a number of other aggrieved parties around the country, who alleged the organization engages in “sexually deviant gatherings,” which they said a Satanic Temple memo allow for “orgies, BDSM, fetish balls…ritual flogging, live ritual sex, [and] burlesque show.”

The organization, based on the Newsweek piece hardly seems innocent and it doesn’t seem like an organization that should be near children, some say.

The group is based in Salem, Massachusetts and was founded in 2013.

Around that time, Newsweek says, the group staged a “prank mocumentary in Florida,” where actors impersonated satanists.

Later on, they staged a Black Mass on the campus of Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Given the history of the Satanic Temple, it is fairly easy to understand why the school district is hesitant to block the event.

Newsweek noted the group has filed a number of lawsuits against government entities, including Scottsdale, Arizona and in the state of Arkansas.

The group has also taken on big tech, suing Twitter in 2018 and later that same year also suing Netflix for $50 million.

They are also currently challenging Texas’ “heartbeat law” which prohibits abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected six weeks into a pregnancy.

They claim abortion is a religious act for its members, and the law inhibits peoples’ religious right to terminate a pregnancy.

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For more on The Satanic Temple, we invite you to read our previous report on the group.

DIG DEEPER

This editorial is brought to you by a United States veteran and staff writer for Law Enforcement Today.

SPRINGFIELD, IL – We just celebrated one of the holiest days in the Christian faith – Christmas. It is on that day that we celebrate the virgin birth of a baby that would one day be the bridge between sinful men and the God who created us. 

Now, a satanic temple is openly mocking the birth of Christ, with the blessing of the state of Illinois.

How? Keep reading. 

First, a little background.

In the second chapter of Luke, we find the account of Jesus’s birth and the events that surrounded it. Three different times, Luke’s writing alludes to the fact that the baby was lying in a manger.

Twice he mentions that the baby would be swaddled in cloth. 

Luke 2:4-12 reads: 

“Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, in order to register along with Mary, who was engaged to him, and was with child.

While they were there, the days were completed for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night.

And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened.

But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.'”

The shepherds went to find the child. In verse 16, its states: 

“So they came in a hurry and found their way to Mary and Joseph, and the baby as He lay in the manger.”

Three times we read about the manger. Twice we see that the baby will be wrapped in cloth. 

In the Illinois Capitol Rotunda, a Christian group set up nativity scene, complete with a baby in a manger. It sits alongside a menorah and a Christmas tree.

And right next to it?

A baby lying on cloth in a manger. But this isn’t a spare for the nativity scene. This one was installed by the Satanic Temple of Illinois. 

“TST invites you to our Sol Invictus tradition of displaying Baby Baphomet at the Capitol building in Springfield, IL. Come spread the message of harmony and unity! Hopefully, Bishop Paprocki will join our effort in spreading this message to the community.”

Nothing shows harmony and unity like openly mocking the faith of millions of Americans. 

Allow me to step away from Christmas, Illinois and the Rotunda for just a moment. 

This country was founded, in part, to create a nation where people were free to worship as they see fit, or not at all.

Millions of Americans have fought, bled and even died to ensure the right to continue to do that as part of the 1st Amendment. I was one of them. I welcome you to believe in whichever deity you choose. 

So, this is not a conversation about removing another religion’s ability to display, but about the mocking manor in which it is done. 

To display a baby version of a god, who has no record of human existence or birth, next to one who did, is bad enough.

To depict him in the exact same manner as Jesus, as described in Luke 2, is done as nothing more than ridicule and mockery. 

And mocking God…not wise. 

Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.” – Galatians 6:7-8

Bishop Thomas Paprocki, referenced on the Temple’s tweet, was very outspoken regarding the display.

As reported by the State-Journal Register

“While acknowledging the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects the free exercise of religion, Paprocki contended that Satan worship ‘is not a religion.

True religion binds people to God and to each other in faith. The devil seeks to divide, not to unite, and the only thing that Satan worship binds its adherents to is the evil one.'”

While Satan is described in the Bible as the father of lies, it also identifies him as a fallen angel. 

Angels were created, they were not born. As such, the figure on display at the Illinois Capitol building could not be representative of anything other than an absolute false equivocation of Jesus and Satan.

As members of the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property recited the Rosary, a minister from the temple can be heard addressing Satan: 

“We invite today to bring wisdom, justice and nationality to these chambers. Equality, tolerance, compassion, empathy, critical thinking, personal liberty, the pursuit of knowledge, and the separation of church and state. These are the ideas…”

His statement was then drowned out by the group praying Rosary. 

“Hail Mary, full of grace. Our Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.”

The Temple participants can then be heard chanting: 

“Hail Satan. Hail Satan. Hail Satan.”

But then the Satanic minister’s closing can be heard.

“Let Satanic thought prevail now and forever more in these hallowed halls of power. Thank you for unity and tolerance.”

What exactly is Satanic thought? Perhaps we should consult the Satanic Bible and its author, Anton LaVey (founder of the Satanic church and Satanism).  Here are just a few examples. 

“I break away from all conventions that do not lead to my earthly success and happiness,” LaVey writes.

The Bible tells us not to store up our treasures on earth, but rather in heaven. Where our treasure is, so will be our heart.

“Why should I not hate mine enemies―if I ‘love’ them does that not place me at their mercy?” he also asks.

In Matthew we read, as part of Jesus’ sermon on the mount: 

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.”

And as a final example, and one that might help us understand why Satanists have no problem mocking the faith of so many people around the world, LaVey also wrote in the Satanic Bible (which was practically plagiarized from Ragnar Redbeard’s Might is Right):

Blessed are the Strong for they shall possess the earth Cursed are the Weak for they shall inherit the yoke.

Blessed are the Powerful for they shall be reverenced among men – Cursed are the feeble for they shall be blotted out.

Blessed are the Bold for they shall be masters of the world – Cursed are the Humble for they shall be trodden under hoofs.

Blessed are the Victorious for victory is the basis of Right – Cursed are the Vanquished for they shall be vassals for ever.

Blessed are the battle-blooded, Beauty shall smile upon them – Cursed are the Poor-in-Spirit, they shall be spat upon.

Blessed are the Audacious for they have imbibed true wisdom – Cursed are the Obedient for they shall breed Creeplings.

Blessed are the iron handed, the unfit shall flee before them – Cursed are the haters of battle, subjugation is their portion.

Blessed are the Death defiant, their days shall be long in the land – Cursed are the feeble brained, for they shall perish amidst plenty.

Blessed are destroyers of false hope, they are true Messiahs – Cursed are the God-adorers, they shall be as shorn sheep.

Blessed are the Valiant, for they shall obtain great treasure – Cursed are the believers in Good and Evil, for they are frightened by shadows.

Blessed are they who believe in Nothing – never shall it terrorize their minds – Cursed are the ‘lambs of God’, they shall be bled ‘whiter than snow’.

Blessed is the man who hath powerful enemies, they shall make him a hero – Cursed is he who ‘doeth good’ unto others, he shall be despised.

Blessed the man whose foot is swift to serve a friend, he is a friend indeed – Cursed are the organizers of Charities, they are propagators of plagues.

Blessed are the Wise and Brave, for in the Struggle they shall win – Cursed are the unfit for they shall be righteously exterminated.

Blessed are the sires of Noble Maidens, they are the salt of the earth – Cursed the mothers of strumous tenderlings, for they shall be shamed.

Blessed are the mighty-minded for they shall ride the whirl-winds – Cursed are they who teach Lies for Truth, and Truth for Lies, for they are abomination.

Blessed are the unmerciful, their posterity shall own the world – Cursed are the pitiful for they shall receive no pity.

Blessed are the destroyers of idols, for they shall be feared by tyrants – Cursed are the famous wiselings, their seed shall perish off the earth. Thrice cursed are the Vile for they shall serve and suffer.”

This was done in such a manner as to stand in contrast to Jesus’ words, referred to as the Beatitudes. 

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way, they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

The contrast is apparent, given that Jesus only addressed the attributes of a blessed person. He did not follow up with curses. 

LaVey, copying Ragnar, went to great lengths to call out the attributes that Jesus blesses as weak and worthy of insult. 

And finally, to illustrate what Satanic thought is, we again go to the bible of the church of Satan for the 9 Satanic statements. 

  1. Satan represents indulgence instead of abstinence!
  2. Satan represents vital existence instead of spiritual pipe dreams!
  3. Satan represents undefiled wisdom instead of hypocritical self-deceit!
  4. Satan represents kindness to those who deserve it instead of love wasted on ingrates!
  5. Satan represents vengeance instead of turning the other cheek!
  6. Satan represents responsibility to the responsible instead of concern for psychic vampires!
  7. Satan represents man as just another animal, sometimes better, more often worse than those that walk on all-fours, who, because of his “divine spiritual and intellectual development,” has become the most vicious animal of all!
  8. Satan represents all of the so-called sins, as they all lead to physical, mental, or emotional gratification!
  9. Satan has been the best friend the Church has ever had, as He has kept it in business all these years!

This is what was depicted in the rotunda of the Illinois state capitol building. And it was depicted as equal. Ans Satanic symbolism is gaining more and more traction in the public space. 

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Veteran: The United Nations just unveiled a new statue, and it sure resembles a Biblical demon from Revelations

This editorial is brought to you by a United States veteran and staff writer for Law Enforcement Today.

NEW YORK, NY – The United Nations just installed a new statue at their complex in New York City. The resemblance to a character in the book of Revelation is uncanny. While it doesn’t match exactly to the description found in Revelation, it does have plenty of people wondering about the inspiration for this work. 

It has been said that it was inspired by ancient pagan Aztec culture.

It is somewhat ironic that the piece would symbolize peace and security if it truly was inspired by the Aztec culture, which was known for its violent cruelty and human sacrifice.  

Said to be the international guardian of peace and security, the work of art was stated by the UN to be a jaguar and an eagle fused together. 

The Bible alludes to 4 beasts in John’s telling of the things revealed to him by God. 

Revelation 13:1 -2 reads:

“Then I saw a beast with ten horns and seven heads rising out of the sea. There were ten royal crowns on its horns and blasphemous names on its heads. The beast I saw was like a leopard, with the feet of a bear and the mouth of a lion…”

So, there are a few things that cast some doubt on the veracity of the statue being inspired by the beast John referred to. 

The Biblical animal had seven heads and ten horns. Each horn held a crown. One of the heads bore a “mortal” wound that had been healed. It also had no wings. 

The Old Testament book of Daniel also spoke of these creatures that John saw. 

“The first beast was like a lion, and it had the wings of an eagle. I watched until its wings were torn off and it was lifted up from the ground and made to stand on two feet like a man and given the mind of a man.

Suddenly another beast appeared, which looked like a bear. It was raised up on one of its sides, and it had three ribs in its mouth between its teeth. So, it was told, ‘Get up and gorge yourself on flesh!’

Next, as I watched, another beast appeared. It was like a leopard, and on its back, it had four wings like those of a bird. The beast also had four heads, and it was given authority to rule.”

Daniel’s depiction of the beast bears a greater resemblance than that of John’s. 

Either way, the inference is that the statue placed at the United Nations building is symbolic of one thing: the anti-Christ. 

Before you dismiss this as just another one of those “conspiracy theories”, stay with me for a few more minutes. 

Here’s why people are making this argument. It actually gave me reason to dig deeper. 

There are many who believe that the UN will be the catalyst to ushering in a one-world government.  If you have read the Left Behind book series, or seen the movies based off those books, starring Kirk Cameron, they have depicted this aspect in great detail. 

When you add the statue, which may be a watered-down version of the Bible’s description of the beast from the end time, to the idea that the UN would welcome the chance to govern the entire world, and mix in the belief that some have of vaccine passports being used to allow people the ability to participate in free-market economies, there are plenty of people who are trying to connect the dots regarding the second coming of Jesus (the Rapture), the time of tribulation, and the mark of the beast.

The tribulation is believed to be the 7-year period in which the anti-Christ establishes his reign on the earth. The mark of the beast will be required for all people who wish to be able to buy, sell and be a part of this new society. Those who refuse it will be beheaded. 

The Bible details that the first half of that 7-year period will have world peace, and the world will be enamored by this new leader. 

Ironically, the statue is labeled as the guardian of international peace and security. 

The second half of the Tribulation period will see bloodshed, death and destruction.

But they would never title the statue “the guardian of international peace and safety…for 3 1/2 years, followed by 3 1/2 years of complete and utter violence.” 

Now, let’s take this a step further. 

If you follow the biblical timeline from creation through today, you will find that the elapsed time between major occurrences of life and destruction is anywhere between 1600 and 2100 years. 

First was creation. Then the flood. The time expired between those two: 1656 years. Then, the birth of Christ, which ushered in new life, with His death, burial and resurrection defeating death itself.

His birth was approximately 2104 years after the flood. It has been just over 2000 years since His birth. And the next major event to occur on the biblical timeline?

His return, which ushers in the tribulation and the rise of the anti-Christ to power.   

Is it far-fetched to equate this statue with what we see in the Bible? Maybe. But keep in mind that no one is arguing that this work of art is an actual beast, only that it could potentially symbolize the creatures described in scripture that are controlled by Satan himself. 

Let’s add the following wrinkle into this thought process. 

In numerous places in the Bible, Satan is described as both a lion and a dragon. 

If you look at the statue closely, you will see a line of spikes running from the top of the head to the tip of its tail. Those spikes resemble the ones characteristically seen on drawings of dragons. 

All of this begs the question, is this simply a work of art that has no symbolic meaning as related to the Bible, or is this just blatant acceptance of pure evil? 

Let us know your thoughts. 

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