After school Satan Club hopes to be in Parkrose schools

Satan Club wants to be in Parkrose schools

PORTLAND, Ore. -- After a bible group received permission to have an after school club in the Parkrose School District, a different kind of religious group wants equal time.

But this one is called Satan Club. The request isn't new for schools in Oregon, or around the country for that matter.

In August, KGW reported that the Satanic Temple applied to be included in the town of Nehalem's after school program. They already have clubs in Los Angeles and Seattle.

The group says they want to teach kids about rational thinking and scientific knowledge, not about the devil. The head of Portland's chapter of the Satanic Temple, Finn Rezz, told KGW they don't actually believe in Satan; it's more a symbol of questioning establishment ideas.

It's all in opposition to the Good News Bible Club, which was allowed a chapter at Sacramento Elementary in the Parkrose District, and also in Nehalem, Los Angeles and Seattle. It's a controversial after school club from the group Child Evangelism Fellowship, teaching Christianity. A Supreme Court ruling allows it, as long as all religious groups are offered equal access.

"They can allow us to go forward with our program or they can allow nobody to go forward with our program in which the Good News program would have to end," said Rezz.

When asked to comment, Parkrose Superintendent Karen Gray emailed us this statement: "I have no interest in continuing to promote or add fuel to this story. The group has sent in no applications using our district process to use the building at this time so there is no current request - only an email to me."

Gray also says she may decide to put the Satan Club at a different school in the district. The Satanic Temple says they want to operate their club, as long as the Good News Bible Club is there too.



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