After School Satan club taints American children

Gabby Weaver, Opinions editor

After School Satan clubs coming soon to Cobb County Schools” flashes across local news stations- a negligible threat, or the introduction of evil to elementary schools? Satan clubs, as in a Satanic Temple organization focused on youth, could spread their influence to local Cobb County schools. One must wonder, how the school board could possibly let such an organization influence our impressionable youth and muddle their vulnerable minds?

The answer sits front and center on the Satanic Temple website: The mission of The Satanic Temple is to encourage benevolence and empathy among all people, reject tyrannical authority, advocate practical common sense and justice, and be directed by the human conscience to undertake noble pursuits guided by the individual will.”

Who would not encourage such a philanthropic mission, seemingly guided only by goodwill?

First, think about the chance that an organization with such pure intent would worship and follow a figure whose entire image rests on evil and temptation: not likely. Satan may now represent equality among all, but cases of violence and obsessive behavior such as the LaVey family prevent the spread of the Satanic group.

The LaVey family founded the Church of Satan, and if the family name does not ring a bell, their daughter Zeena LaVey and her national headlines may be more recognizable. Zeena escaped her parent’s mistreatment and abuse, but only after giving birth at 13 years old and receiving numerous death threats for her association with the group.

The Satanic Temple reaches for the support of school systems because they believe that “Fundamentalist Christian organizations are trying to turn public schools into indoctrination camps for children.” The proposed club only attacks Christianity, using children as their weapon of choice. The strike on Christians does not suit the Satanic Temple’s “benevolent” nature, or justify their sudden interest in childhood education.

Similar to the attention-seeking LaVey family, The Satanic Temple will do anything for attention. The melodramatic publicity stunt will most definitely attract scrutiny, and undoubtedly recruit new followers, but not enlighten elementary schoolers.