According to Judicial Watch as per yesterday’s Breitbart, at the same time that Lois Lerner of IRS fame was slow-walking the 501c3 applications for conservatives and Christian groups across the nation, the IRS was fast-tracking an “After School Satan Club” in Tacoma, Washington.
The After School Satanist Club of the Point Defiance Elementary school applied for 501c3 tax-exempt status on October 21, 2014, and the IRS approved it 10 days later – ironically on October 31, 2014 – Halloween.
The school district was apparently guided by the Equal Access Act, passed by Congress in 1984 and affirmed as constitutional by the Supreme Court in 1990. The intent of the original act was to open schools to an after-school Christian curriculum designed for elementary school children called the Good News Clubs.
Under the Act, any federally funded secondary school that allows a non-curriculum related student group, such as the Girl or Boy Scouts, to meet on school premises during non-instructional time creates a limited open forum for student groups. Such schools cannot discriminate against other non-curriculum related student groups:
“… on the basis of the religious, political, philosophical, or other content of the speech at such meetings.”
Westside Community Schools v. Mergens, 496 U.S. 226 (1990).
Good News Clubs then exploded, by 2011, over 3500 out of the nearly 5000 clubs met in public schools. Working mothers found the clubs to be a blessing that prevented them from either having to take off work early or hire day care to fill the gap between school letting out and 5 pm.
In 2016, the After School Satan Club was started by the Satanic Temple of Seattle. According to their website:
“It’s important that children be given an opportunity to realize that the evangelical materials now creeping into their schools are representative of but one religious opinion amongst many.
“… the twisted Evangelical teachings of The Good News Clubs robs children of the innocence and enjoyment of childhood, replacing them with a negative self image, preoccupation with sin, fear of Hell, and aversion to critical thinking.
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