In an interesting turn of events there has been an uptick in the news on a subject of which I have authoritative knowledge of and would like to contribute. The problem is my advice is a little self defeated by the writing of this article. Such is life.
The Set Up
The topic at hand is the attention garnered by the After School Satan Clubs after the ACLU successfully defended their right to use a Pennsylvania public school for their meetings. Obviously the clubs are sponsored by the, “local satanic temple.” And their materials are all manner of eyebrow raising. But I am here to tell you that is the point, stop taking the bait.
I have a dog in this fight because I work for the ministry that won the supreme court case which makes this kind of thing possible. Until we took a school district to the court it was illegal to teach the Bible in Public Schools. Now I am daily in public schools leading Bible classes (You may have heard of us, we call them Good News Clubs). The way the court ruled was if a school has any outside activities YMCA, Boy Scouts, etc. they can not discriminate against a Bible club. This is a double edged sword though because they also can’t discriminate against Mormons, JW’s or satanists.
After the court ruled we had a good ten plus years of smooth sailing. But then the new atheists caught on and started making noises. There was a particularly hilarious instance of Dawkins attempting to demonstrate what we do, while having not actual idea of what we do. making a fool of himself on stage, and then giving up half way through. They atheists tried to launch “Atheist Clubs” but those flopped, because A. None of the atheists were committed enough to be faithful at teaching them. And B. No one was interested in sending their kids to an atheist club where there is really just one lesson: There is no god. Now what? In order to argue against Christianity you have to actually learn what we believe. And it’s not like they wanted to do our jobs for us by teaching a dueling Bible Class.
Then the satanists got in on it.
The Reality of the Situation
All satan clubs are is the atheist content with an inflammatory marketing strategy. The church of satan people are pests and drama queens. They are trolls and belligerents. They like getting rises out of Christians and they know how to do it. At the end of the day the satan clubs should be ignored. I have reasons why.
First, they don’t last. There are a handful of clubs that maybe have lasted longer than a year. For one thing. They do not have the vast archive of lesson plans and curriculum and experience that we do. It is very much an attempt to get a lot of attention and then flying by the seat of their pants until the thing falls apart under the weight of its own absurdity. It is not designed to last, it is designed to be a splash.
Second, they are not attended by many kids, and the ones that do sign up are already in crazy homes already. The clubs that have any regular attendance are in places like Portland, Oregon. This one in Pennsylvania will fade out after a while. It would have died faster if the school had just let them in and ignored them. Maybe three kids would have signed up. Again they are not after the kids as much as they are after attention.
Third, I have said this in various ways already, attention is their oxygen. They are killed by depriving them of it. Don’t take the bait. These are not serious people they are simple attention whores. The reason that they are provocative towards Christians in particular is not due to some deep allegiance to the devil. It is because they are basic leftists who want to leverage our voice to amplify their own. When they start a satan club they first hand us a microphone on a platform, we should not return the favor by handing the microphone back. We should unplug it and walk away.
Satan is a liar. And the one way these people have any fidelity with him is that they too lie. They play on the nations memories of the satanic panic. They camp it up with their outrageous antics, and they know a certain kind of person will react badly. They are not religious in the way they pretend to be, they are hucksters and snake oil salesman. They are the distraction for what the left is really up to. Consider, if all your attention is on the after school satan club you are not paying as much attention to what the secular commie teacher is reading to your kid during school. The old pastor used to say, don’t give the devil a stick to hit you upside the head with. I am saying don’t give the devil a microphone to mock you with.
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