School leaders and pastors in Memphis are vowing to fight the forces of darkness in an attempt to stop what is believed to be the first after-school Satan club in Tennessee.
“As a superintendent, I am duty bound to uphold our board policy, state laws, and the Constitution,” interim Supt. Toni Williams said at a press conference. “But let’s not be fooled. Let’s not be fooled by what we’ve seen in the past 24 hours, which is an agenda, initiated to make sure that we cancel all faith-based organizations that partner with our district.”
Last week we first told you about efforts to start a satan club for children at Chimneyrock Elementary School in Cordova.
“After School Satan Club is coming to Tennessee,” read an announcement from The Satanic Temple. “Let’s have fun at After School Satan Club.”
The Satanic Temple said the club is not endorsed or sponsored by Memphis-Shelby County Schools.
A school district spokesperson confirmed the club had received permission to use the school facility. Here’s a copy of the letter sent to parents:
Dear Chimneyrock Family,
We understand that some of you have questions regarding the recent approval of a facility rental to The Satanic Temple, a federally recognized non-profit organization.
As a public school district, we’re committed to upholding the principles of the First Amendment, which guarantees equal access to all non-profit organizations seeking to use our facilities after school hours. This means we cannot approve or deny an organization’s request based solely on its viewpoints or beliefs.
Board Policy 7002 outlines this commitment, allowing community groups and government entities to rent school property outside of school hours. These gatherings are not school-sponsored and are not endorsed or promoted by Memphis-Shelby County Schools.
The Satanic Temple, recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) public charity, falls under this policy and has the same legal rights to use our facilities after school hours as any other non-profit organization. It will be renting the facility in January, after school. You may read more about the organization in an online news story from the Washington Post.
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“My first reaction is we told you so,” said Kristin New of the Shelby County chapter of Moms For Liberty. “We said this would happen. We said that they were coming after your kids. They said we were liars and conspiracy theorists.”
But the Moms For Liberty correctly predicted that once you allow clubs that sexualize kids to meet on school property, the next step would be to welcome satanists.
“The forces of darkness are creeping in because we have allowed them to,” New told KWAM.
New said Republicans should reconsider their opposition to partisan school board elections.
“This is what happens when you allow Democrats to take over the schools,” she told KWAM. “We need to turn it around, get back to the basics and bring moral decency into our schools and communities.”
Dozens of pastors and local educators held a press conference to denounce the satanists.
“You see the faith-based community standing here,” said board chair and local pastor Althea Greene, who wore a clerical collar. “We’re going to stand up and we’re going to be vocal. Satan has no room in this district.”
New called on parents and church leaders to stand up and join the fight.
“There is no more sitting on the sidelines in this war against good and evil when it comes to our children,” she told KWAM.