Last month, a judge (incorrectly) ruled that religious pamphlets could be distributed in a school district in Orange County.
The Satanic Temple, which is quickly becoming one of my favorite organizations, decided to take advantage of this decision, flooding Orange County schools with a pamphlet entitled The Satanic Children’s Big Book of Activities that contains kid-friendly Satanic lessons.
Naturally, the Christian groups that originally wanted to disseminate their Bibles and Christian-oriented religious materials in public schools, are losing their shit.
Satanic Temple spokesman, Lucien Greaves, explained to Raw Story:
“[The organization] 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.”
The workbook, which can be found here, has word puzzles, games and short blurbs including:
“Whopper is big and sometimes scary because he has trouble saying what’s on his mind. Help Damian and Annabel use their patience and open-mindedness to decipher what he wants to say.”
The Satanic Temple made headlines earlier this year when it successfully petitioned the state of Oklahoma to allow it to erect a goat-headed Baphomet statue adjacent to a display of the Ten Commandments.
Greaves made it clear that, in both cases, his organization is only responding to provocations by the Christian community.
People who think that the interjection of religious belief into schools and government automatically means a promotion of their specific deity. When they say “God,” they’re pitching the deity in their own back pockets.
Then, when the barrier of separation between church and state is blurred or breached, they look at the other deities and religions showing up to the party and have the nerve to act surprised.