The Illinois School District is sponsoring an elementary school that offers an out-of-school education program called the “After School Devil’s Club” sponsored by the Devil’s Church in the United States.
The program, designed for children from first grade to fifth grade, is taught by volunteers at Jane Addams Elementary School in Moline and will meet five times this Thursday, according to leaflets circulated on social media.
According to Flyer, the club will feature science projects, puzzles, games, applied arts and outdoor activities. The club says it helps children learn kindness and empathy, critical thinking, problem solving, creative expression and personal sovereignty.
The Devil’s Church – a more active group and think tank than a religious institution – said the program is available in some public schools where Gospel programs are available and is designed to enrich education. Members have no intention of turning children into Satanism.
“Proselytization is not our goal and we are not interested in turning children into satanism,” the temple said of the program on its website. “After school, Satan’s clubs focus on free inquiry and rationalism, which is why we know what we know about the world around us.
“We prefer children to appreciate the natural wonders that surround them, rather than fearing the horrors of another world forever.”
According to a letter from Rachel Savage (Moline), the leaflet prompted a response from the district administration, which strongly assured parents that “Jane Addams or other district teachers were not present” and “leaflets were not distributed to all students.” -Head of schools of the Coal Valley, to the families of the district.
He said the rent was “not developed by the county and is not related to Jane Addams or the county.”
Parents in the district approached the after-school Devil’s Church Club, telling the group that the elementary school had already offered a “partnership club with children’s gospel” and “wanted to bring their programs to school to offer parents a choice of different perspectives. said the inspector.
Thirty leaflets were sent from Satan Church to the school and placed in the school lobbies, as well as all leaflets for “religious nature” organizations and events at the school.
He noted that the board of education allows public use of its facilities and approves several agreements with local churches.
“Refusing to pay their organization (point) to rent our state-funded institution illegally sues the district for discrimination after school hours, we can’t win, maybe take thousands of taxpayer dollars from our teachers staff and classrooms, ”Savage wrote.
The Church of the SubGenius says on its website that it sees Satan as a “mythical figure representing individual freedom”.
“Satanists must actively work to develop critical thinking and apply rational agnosticism in everything,” the temple said. “Our beliefs must conform to the best scientific understanding of the material world – never the opposite.”