I’ve said it numerous times before, I’m a big believer in the cliché saying “be careful what you wish for.” In my time on this earth I’ve learned plenty of times that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.
Apparently last month in Orange County, Florida, a judge ruled that religious pamphlets could be handed out in a local school district in the area.
Big “win” for Christians who are constantly trying to interject religion in places it doesn’t belong, right?
Well, not so fast. Because, remember, when you say “religious materials” that means all religions.
It seems the Satanic Temple has decided to get in on this offer to hand out religious materials to school children by making some pamphlets of their own.
Satanic Temple spokesman Lucien Greaves said, “If a public school board is going to allow religious pamphlets and full Bibles to be distributed to students, as is the case in Orange County, Florida, we think the responsible thing to do is to ensure that these students are given access to a variety of differing religious opinions, as opposed to standing idly by while one religious voice dominates the discourse and delivers propaganda to youth.”
“I am quite certain that all of the children in these Florida schools are already aware of the Christian religion and it’s Bible,” Greaves continued. “And this might be the first exposure these children have to the actual practice of Satanism. We think many students will be very curious to see what we offer.”
You can check out the materials here, where Damian and other satanic figures are featured in such things as puzzles and a word search.
Some of you might recall a story I covered a few months ago where the Satanic Temple fought to get a satanic statue placed at an Oklahoma courthouse.
Though we all know the truth. When conservatives talk about “religious freedom,” they’re only referring to their religion. They sure as heck aren’t supporting the right for the Satanic Temple to hand out material to school children.
But that’s exactly what you get when you fight to have religion interjected into places that it doesn’t belong. Because a judge can’t constitutionally rule that only one specific religion can be allowed this access. So it has to be all or nothing.
And the moment these right-wing conservatives began using the legal system to try to interject their religion in places that it didn’t belong, that opened the door for every religion to have that same access. Which, much to their dismay I’m sure, includes the folks over at the Satanic Temple.