Still Elementary School in Marietta, Georgia is home to a (Christian) Good News Club. And since Fred Mephisto, the head of the local chapter of The Satanic Temple, is a graduate of the same District, he’s been leading the charge to make sure the school also offers an After School Satan club this year.
But it’s not going very well. That’s in part because the District refuses to even say if it received his application.
Hmmm. Perhaps the District thinks it is being pranked/trolled. But that may not last too long, as we all know just how much atheist activists love to…..
I asked spokesperson Lucien Greaves, and he told me in an email that a lawsuit may be in the District’s future:
It’s odd that, in response to the question of whether or not Cobb County School District intends to answer our request for an after-school club, they reply with a non-sequitur merely saying that they have no such club.
This indicates a calculated official refusal to acknowledge our request, and failure to reply to us could constitute a “de facto” rejection of our after-school club application. If it does turn out that the school district has deliberated to institute this apparent policy of official ignorance toward our request, a case for discrimination is clear. We are currently discussing legal options.
The “friendly” atheist then weighs in:
You know who’s really quiet during this conversation? All those Christian legal groups that say they’re fighting for “religious freedom.” They don’t give a damn if non-Christians are oppressed, do they?
Those poor little precious snowflakes! They trolled a school board to get some “edgy” version of a Flying Spaghetti Monster club, got ignored, and now they are being OPPRESSED! It must be so difficult to be a Gnu. First, the mere sight of a local government seal causes them to suffer “irreparable harm,” and now the oppression of having one’s trolling ignored! Are we seeing more symptoms of the Gnu virus?
If you doubt the activists are trolling, check out what Mehta says in his video:
And maybe you’re wondering what they learn at these After School Satan — or ASS — clubs. That’s a good question.
Smell the trolling.
It’s not indoctrination. And it actually has nothing to do with Satan.
These clubs teach kids to ask questions. Think rationally. Appreciate science.
Well lookie here. So ASS “actually has nothing to do with Satan.” If the club “actually has nothing to do with Satan,” clearly there is no need to name it After School Satan. Instead, why not engage in some truth in advertising and name it “After School Young Skeptics?”
Mehta then goes on to label the asking of questions, thinking rationally, and appreciating science as religion:
But the point is: The Satanic Temple has some people freaking out… because they’re only now realizing that religious freedom applies to other religions, too.
These activists just can’t get their talking points straight. Out of one side of their mouth, they tell us religion is incompatible with asking questions, thinking rationally, and appreciating science. Then, out of the other side of the mouth, they throw the trollish label “Satanism” on asking questions, thinking rationally, and appreciating science and, presto, it’s now supposed to be religion.
I don’t blame the school for ignoring the trolls. If it goes to court, perhaps the school lawyers will focus on the trollish nature of the request. Is the Satanic Temple truly a religion or just another version of mockery (like the FSM crowd)? Why must it be named After School Satan when “Satan has nothing to do with it?” Such a needless label is likely to cause confusion and headaches for the school board. So why not just name it for what it is – something like the Young Skeptics Club? After all, is there a right to name your school club whatever you want?
Of course, if the trolls agree they need to teach about Satan and Satanism, while labeling skepticism as a religion, all to get the courts to rule in their favor concerning the naming of the club, then let the chips fall where they may. Since (as google tells me) children need parental permission to attend those little Good News Clubs, the same should apply with ASS. Good luck with that one. ASS’s promotion video will surely help get parents everywhere to sign up:
If some ASS clubs were set up, I imagine it would get very old very quick for some atheist/satanist actvists (ASS-Gnus?) to sit in a classroom with two kids trying to keep last year’s atheist activism ploy alive. It would likely whither on the vine. This is especially true since so much of atheist activism is fueled by the internet atheist community, which has an attention span just slightly longer than the Twitter community. A year from now, that community will be rallying around some other “clever” ploy and ASS would be shelved somewhere with the Brights.
Besides, it would be fun to see the New Atheist community defend religion and stand up for religious freedom….as long as the religion is Satanism. 😉