The Left, especially satanists, have learned to use the U.S. Constitution against decent Americans and orthodox Christians.
A case in point: In the name of the First Amendment’s guarantee of freedom of religion, satanists claim their “religious right” to erect devil statues in public squares and to proselytize in schools and colleges. See:
- Satan comes to Arkansas: 8½-ft Baphomet statue unveiled in state capitol
- Belle Plaine, MN approves satanic monument for veterans park
- Florida public school teacher installs ‘In Satan We Trust’ pentagram in public square
- After school Satan clubs coming to public elementary schools
- Satanism comes to North Carolina State University as a student club
The latest incident is in Knoxville, Tennessee.
There’s a Tennessee statute that excuses students to attend an hour-long released time course in religious moral instruction if authorized by the local school district.
WVLT CBS 8 reports, November 4, 2019, that Knox County Schools Superintendent Bob Thomas gave the okay for a test program that would allow school children to miss class for church-sponsored Bible study.
Thomas agreed to test the program at Sterchi Elementary School after the Elgin Foundation and The Church at Sterchi Hills approached the school about the opportunity.
Elgin Foundation Executive Director Tim Rogers said the foundation sponsors several established bible release time programs across East Tennessee, including Anderson, Roane, Scott and Union Counties: “We just educate churches and schools in the legality of it. We ask schools to just simply accommodate parents who would participate in that.”
After the Knox County Schools announced the pilot release program, a group calling themselves the Satanic Children’s Ministry of Knoxville (SCMK) demanded equal opportunity for children who do not wish to participate in studying the Bible to attend SCMK’s satanic study program.
A representative from SCMK said: “We believe church and state should be separate and that includes the schools. Unfortunately, organizations such as Elgin Children’s Foundation and Emerald Youth have been attempting to dismantle this separation in Knoxville for quite some time now. We have done our best to counteract the indoctrination that they are working on bringing into schools but the only way we can successfully do that at this point is to exercise our own religious freedom by implementing a program of our own.”
Like satanic groups elsewhere in the U.S., SCMK claims to stand against bigotry and hate, and that they do not to believe in a literal Satan, but merely use him as a symbol of free thought: “Our goal is to teach children the empathy, compassion, and kindness that [our] tenets…promote. We initially thought we would just be signing out our own children with this program but amid the outrage, we have learned the interest in our program extends beyond our families.”
In a Facebook post, SCMK said they hope the school board will vote to allow their satanic release program at a December meeting:
“Satanic Children’s Ministry of Knoxville will be coming to your local elementary with our Satanic Release Program! For one hour once a month, your children can be released from their school to come learn about Baphomet!”
A spokesperson for Satanic Children’s Ministry of Knoxville gave the Daily Mail this written statement:
The Elgin Foundation and The Church at Sterchi Hills will broadcast that their program is “opt-in” and children do not have to attend. They do not announce that their goals are to promote proselytization in our public classrooms by teaching children to do this for them. ‘They will send the kids back with toys, candy, and propaganda to help them achieve these goals.
This creates problems in the classroom not just for us as Satanists but also any Muslim, Jewish, Hindu or atheist child in the classroom as the children involved in the Bible Release Time are taught to challenge the beliefs of their classmates and promote that their god is the one true god. We do not send our children to schools to be converted by outside religious organizations. We send them to get a state-approved education.
Satanic Children’s Ministry would prefer not to introduce our own program. We do believe in separation of church and state; however, if another religion is allowed to introduce a program to indoctrinate children, we feel the need to step up and ensure our children have their own program to attend. Our children would already be losing precious instructional time due to the schools accommodating Elgin’s program, so we might as well sign them out and allow them to receive their own religious education focusing on the tenets of Satanism.
Our preferred outcome is that all parents of Knox Co realize the importance of keeping religion out of public schools completely. It is in the best interest for all children to keep these programs out of school all together and in homes and churches where they belong. They create divisiveness among students based on their religion creating conditions that are optimal for bullying.
The statement concluded by calling on Knox County residents to contact their local schools and school board representatives about blocking the implementation of release time programs.
The spokesperson said SCMK is “legitimate” and had filed for 501(c)3 non-profit status, but refused to identify the five people on the board “due to threats of violence.” The spokesperson said that between 5 to 10 children are initially expected to take part in their satanic program, but there “may be more people interested” than initially thought.
The spokesperson also claims that many Knox County teachers have expressed support for the organization and its intentions:
“They may not be for the actual program, but they seem to appreciate the fact that it is shining a light on the problem with allowing one church to have their religious release program in the school. From our conversations, it sounds like many teachers at Sterchi Elementary are against the program as it takes away from their instruction time. The school completely rearranged the class schedule to make room for The Church at Sterchi Hill’s Bible Release Program and that alone seem like a promotion of a religion within the school. The overwhelming majority of people we have talked to are against a policy allowing release programs, but the principal at Sterchi Elementary and certain school board members – against their constituent’s wishes – are pushing for it.”
WVLT reached out to all school board members asking how they would vote on the proposed Bible-study release policy. Only 4 out of 9 responded:
- Susan Horn, District 5 – Would approve
- Virginia Babb, District 4 – Wouldn’t approve
- Evetty Satterfield- District 1 – Undecided
- Terry Hill, District 6 – Would approve
Virginia Babb of District 4 told Daily Mail: “I have never supported the Bible release program and it has nothing to do with the Satanic Ministry wanting to offer their own program. Should a policy be passed allowing for Bible Release then I support any organization who meets the criteria of the program to be able to offer it.”
Click here for the website of Knox County School Board members, where you’ll see the phone numbers and email addresses of the board members.
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