October 10, 2016

“After School Satan Clubs” and more: Coming to a school near you?

David MacKenzieRebel Columnist
 

As if to underscore the profound confusion in education these days, two recent news items from the United States should give all social conservatives pause, as well as some reason to chortle.

First, as some may have read in August, a public elementary school in Mount Vernon, Washington— a mere Sunday-drive away from Vancouver— may play the role of perdition this fall, as it hosts an After School Satan Club.

I personally think it rather symbolic that the public school system is going to hell, but, apparently, the whole Satanic incubus for this club is not the fault of Seattle’s Satanic Temple at all. As their own website— complete with cartoon Satan and ASS acronym — makes diabolically clear, the problem is not the devil-worshiping minions of darkness masquerading as proponents of enlightened reason, but those pesky proselytizing evangelical Christians who have their own club in the same Mt. Vernon school.

Satanists like to think themselves progressive, of course, but in this case they are obviously reactionary. Still, at least they’re responding to their unhappy “triggers” by attempting to create elementary “safe” spaces. In this sense, they truly are every bit as “rational”, and as “progressive”, as our Marxist-inspired university campuses. 

In any case, juxtapose this Pacific Northwest scenario with the more recent news coming from the all-is-not-peachy State of Georgia, where one public school in Henry County has been told to “remove all items which contain religious symbols, such as crosses, printed bibles, angels, bible verses, printed prayers, and biblical quotations”.

Here, the philosophical trend is quite different than in Mt. Vernon: this School Board decision represents a kind of “commissar cleansing”— indicative of an aggressive commitment to secular-neutrality, and strict separation of religion from State. 

Over all, then, two different American regions with two vastly different educational “worldviews”— as one can plainly see. The first is effectively pluralist, which (with its multi-cultural assumptions) allows all religious cults some latitude within the public system; the second allows none but the State-sanctioned secularism that rather conveniently escapes most people’s definitions of “religion”.

Yet, this is not a uniquely American phenomenon. North of the border, the same two ideological assumptions exist. When Canadians work to exile any remaining evidence of the Lord’s Prayer in the public (formerly Protestant) system, or express anger against Catholic or Evangelical schools that receive public money while resisting the incursion of Comprehensive Sex Education or Gay-Straight Alliance Clubs, they are expressing assumptions of both secular-neutrality and State control.

At the same time, as I’ve alluded to previously, the relative secular silence regarding various Canadian public schools offering Yoga in their gyms (Hinduism); Mindfulness for student stress (Buddhism); burning sweetgrass for reasons of cultural sensitivity (Animism); or even entertaining regular Friday recitations of the Shahada (Islam) is rather deafening.    

Philosophically, when it comes to education, governments don’t really know what to do because they really don’t know what to believe. 

For those government-subsidized academics who still believe in the “secularization thesis”— that the more wealthy and educated a society becomes, the less religious— the pervasive existence of spirituality in its myriad public forms is a stunning defeat of their hypothesis. The implication is that secularism, itself, is something of an artificial state that may not be very sustainable.

For those, on the other hand, who advocate for multiculturalism all while resisting calls for greater educational choice, the challenge will be in creating a thoroughly level playing field that is entirely consistent across all levels of government services— including public schools. The implication, in this case, is that an Administrator may well walk the corridors of her school in the late afternoon, hearing the pandemonium of a Satan club on her left, and the enthusiasm of a Christian revival club on her right. 

The only other alternative, one might argue, is for government to get out of education altogether, except for standardized curriculum development, and allow public money for infrastructure and salaries to be proportionately distributed to the various groups that care most about educating children in accordance with their own family values.

This last alternative, admittedly, is rather unlikely. For it would require no fewer than two distinct miracles: (1) for secular humility within the present system, and (2) for the bureaucratic will to relinquish a portion of government control.  

In the midst of all the babble and confusion, one can still dream.

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commented 2016-10-22 13:50:19 -0400
Probably a mohammed admiration society will emerge at some time.
commented 2016-10-11 15:54:41 -0400
You did indeed, Brother Mackenzie. In the same sentence wherein you erroneously referred to the Satanists as “…devil-worshiping minions of darkness…”, I’d note.

Which by no means dismisses the charge that the failure to identify the so-called “Good News” club by name OR to give any sort of synopsis to their nefarious agenda was at all conspicuous.

It most certainly was…
commented 2016-10-11 13:26:35 -0400
Dear Stupid Atheist:

Did I not write this above— that according to the Satanists…

“the problem is not the devil-worshiping minions of darkness masquerading as proponents of enlightened reason, but those pesky proselytizing evangelical Christians who have their OWN CLUB in the SAME Mt. Vernon school.”?
commented 2016-10-11 11:54:53 -0400
Not feeling the neighborly love, Brother Peterson. #represent

The story behind the moniker, if you’re at all interested, is here:
http://www.stupidatheist.com/about

…and if there’s something specific about my observation you take issue with, I’d be happy to discuss it with you. I do appreciate you taking the time to read and reply.

Xapis…
commented 2016-10-11 09:33:03 -0400
Yep, Stupid Atheist, you are aptly named.
commented 2016-10-11 09:18:51 -0400
Conspicuously missing from the article is any mention of the so-called “Good News” indoctrination clubs that had infiltrated the schools, to which the “Satan Club” was the inevitable response.

The former fills frightened children’s heads with supernatural notions of demons, devils, dragons, and deities. The latter promotes incredulity and rationale. It’s not too hard to identify which has the kids’ best interests at heart…
commented 2016-10-11 01:34:24 -0400
Ummm do you not need a religious belief for Satan to exist? I hope they realize satanic beliefs have roots in deity based religions?
commented 2016-10-10 22:56:13 -0400
It is truly amazing how our Politicians are on a Crusade against Christians .
Why don’t you inform our CHILDREN -- about the Peace and Love of ISLAM ?
commented 2016-10-10 22:10:29 -0400
WE are not Americans. We are Canadians. We can Think for ourselves.
commented 2016-10-10 19:52:53 -0400
Well, Maurice, that was a slippery slope she was on. Gotta nip that love and kindness thing in the bud. Wouldn’t want to offend the jihadis of the world and their culture.
commented 2016-10-10 19:10:24 -0400
I just read the latest Voice of The Martyrs Canada monthly news letter. A kindergarten teacher in China has just been released from prison. She’s the mother of two boys, her husband is a house-church pastor, and her crime was that she was teaching Christian values to the pre-schoolers. Not Christianity…. Christian values… no mention of God at all, just honesty, kindness, love your neighbour, hard work, do onto others as you would have them do onto you…. radical revolutionary stuff like that. And for that she did three years of hard labour. Perhaps Satan worship would be acceptable, I don’t know. But apparently in China, Christian values are not. That’s the country JT admires so much.
commented 2016-10-10 18:52:48 -0400
Kids don’t know who Jesus Christ is, but Satan is ok?

What a sick world we live in. If people can find a way to go to hell, they’ll find it.
commented 2016-10-10 17:52:31 -0400
I think this is the after school club that most teachers now a days attended. They are certainly well versed in lying and deception and the brainwashing of our children’s minds. They don’t teach anything useful now, it’s all about the indoctrination of dumbing down young minds, and stifling their individuality. Nobody is allowed to excel because someone else might feel stupid. So if one child excels at something, then everyone has to receive a useless piece of paper, so as to make sure the one who excelled knows they should never attempt to aspire to anything great. Hitler would certainly be proud of modern teachers who are undermining society, with their evil indoctrination of marxist ideology! Society is certainly easier to control when everyone is the same.
commented 2016-10-10 16:13:05 -0400
After school satan clubs….AKA……training camps for jihadis following the violent verses of the Quaran.
commented 2016-10-10 14:59:55 -0400
Is that all you got Andy?
commented 2016-10-10 14:54:58 -0400
Whoops. Please reverse the words “between” and “duelling” to get the sense of my last comment.
commented 2016-10-10 14:52:13 -0400
Andrew: Although such headlines might produce a “trigger-like” response from “rightists”, as you put it, I would hope that you would clearly perceive the main focus of this column being the unsustainable between duelling educational philosophies: secular-neutrality and pluralism.
commented 2016-10-10 14:51:18 -0400
Andy, Wee Lad, we on the right don’t need trigger warnings we are well aware of the duplicity of the left. We are well aware that , “the heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked”. Yours for example.
commented 2016-10-10 14:20:20 -0400
Trigger warning for rightists.
commented 2016-10-10 14:11:52 -0400
There is a Canadian/U.K. Study that reports that liberals are:

Likely not to volunteer their time.

Likely lie

Likely steal

Now likely to become satanists.
commented 2016-10-10 13:55:15 -0400
Is after school Satan an optional extra? Satan is in schools all day, especially schools with so called, Muslim Students. These Muslims make school Hell, for normal students.

Lest we forget, there is also the Marxist Brainwashing that is a constant activity in schools. The object being to turn out fully qualified Satanic Marxist Liberals.
commented 2016-10-10 13:55:15 -0400
Is after school Satan an optional extra? Satan is in schools all day, especially schools with so called, Muslim Students. These Muslims make school Hell, for normal students.

Lest we forget, there is also the Marxist Brainwashing that is a constant activity in schools. The object being to turn out fully qualified Satanic Marxist Liberals.
commented 2016-10-10 13:38:40 -0400
What ever happened to Black and Orange Day, so as not to offend anyone? ( Oh yeah, I guess that would offend anyone who isn’t a BC Lions fan)
commented 2016-10-10 13:31:28 -0400
Hell school, who do they have providing services for the Holloween service – Marilyn Manson?