Sunday, September 21, 2014

Does Satan Have Low Expectations?

When an Orange County, Florida school board decided that religious groups could distribute materials promoting Christianity but atheist groups needed to be censored, The Satanic Temple saw an opportunity to educate youth about its religious viewpoint.

Satan's advocates quickly slapped together The Satanic Children's Big Book of Activities. The big book is actually a rather small pamphlet which follows Damian and Annabel's quest to be inclusive in a predominantly Christian society.  Kids can help Annabel "spot the differences" in which she shares a satanic ritual with class or decode her secret message to fellow dark prince worshipper, Damian (spoiler: Audi Preces Meas: Satana Blessed Be).

In a press release, the Temple explained the genesis behind its activity book for kids:

“Even as we prefer public policies respecting secularism, we feel that opportunities — such as this — to establish an equal voice for contrasting religious opinions in the public square, tend to favor marginalized, lesser-known, and alternative religions,” Greaves explains. “I am quite certain that all of the children in these Florida schools are already aware of the Christian religion and it’s Bible, and this might be the first exposure these children have to the actual practice of Satanism. We think many students will be very curious to see what we offer.”

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