Satanists Distribute Books in Schools

Florida, the land where baggy jeans will get you jail time, might have some moralistic troubles with fashion forwardness, but as far as religious tolerance goes, they seem to be pretty fair game. As a result of Christian groups being allowed to distribute religious materials at public schools, David Williamson of the Central Florida Freethought Community filed a lawsuit seeking to have equal rights for distribution of doctrinal literature, his own focusing on the beliefs of atheism. Well not only is Williamson now allowed to distribute his “Jesus is Dead” pamphlets, but he’s got another crew to compete with: the Satanists.

That’s right. The Satanic Temple has begun to circulate The Satanic Children’s Big Book of Activities, an illustrated pro-Satanism informative coloring book which asks children to learn by doing (for example, learning how to draw an inverted pentagram; Satan’s symbol). Lucien Greaves, the spokesperson for the Satanic Temple, claims, “[We] would never seek to establish a precedent of disseminating our religious materials in public schools because we believe our constitutional values are better served by respecting a strong separation of Church and State…[however] if a public school board is going to allow religious pamphlets and full Bibles to be distributed to students—as is the case in Orange County, Florida—we think the responsible thing to do is to ensure that these students are given access to a variety of differing religious opinions, as opposed to standing idly by while one religious voice dominates the discourse and delivers propaganda to youth.”

So it’s an education in egalitarianism, which is good! And maybe we’re misconstruing our image of Satanists, but who can blame us after watching and consequently being haunted by Rosemary’s Baby? This is really a blessing in disguise (excuse the expression)…we could all use a lesson in religious studies. Just be wary if the nanny you hired hangs herself as a ritual for your 6-year-old son.

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