The Satanic Temple has won a legal battle against a school district in Pennsylvania, resulting in the district being ordered to pay $200,000. The school has also agreed to provide equal access to school facilities for the club, just as they would for any other group or club. The Satanic Temple’s website reported this recent development.
Earlier this year, Saucon Valley School District made an attempt to ban an after-school Satan Club from holding its meetings on school property. The group’s motto is “Educatin’ with Satan.”
According to The New York Post, the school district had initially granted permission for the After School Satan Club to use their facilities. However, due to a significant public outcry, the district later retracted their decision.
With the assistance of the American Civil Liberties Union, the Satanic Temple filed a lawsuit against “discriminatory policies,” alleging that their First Amendment rights had been infringed upon.
June Everett, director of TST’s ASSC programming, expressed satisfaction with the resolution of the matter and the school district’s commitment to ending all forms of discrimination against them.
The Satanic Temple’s mission, as stated on their website, is to offer a secure and welcoming option to religious groups that use fear of eternal punishment to persuade schoolchildren to adopt their faith.
The Saucon Valley Middle School was able to host ASSC meetings, thanks to the court’s order. The children who attended the meetings were filled with joy, and it was all worth it. The legal battle was fought for the kids, and the victory was a significant milestone. If any other school districts continue to enforce discriminatory policies, the fight will resume without hesitation.
The New York Post reports that The Satanic Temple boasts a membership of over 700,000 individuals spanning across North America, Europe, and Australia.