An After School Satan club sponsored by the Satanic Temple drew Christian protesters at the Sacramento Elementary School in Portland on Nov. 16 (video below).
Charles Sulzen, a protester, told The Oregonian that the protesters' goal was "stopping the worship of Satan in public areas."
The protesters were from "America Needs Fatima," a Catholic group, and the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property; they were joined by Portland residents and a priest from Ohio.
Aaron Lamon, a member of The Satanic Temple, countered: "We're non-theistic. So we don't believe in God or the devil."
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Lucien Greaves, the Satanic Temple's national co-founder, added: "The club is here to contrast the presence of the evangelical Good News Clubs, which are here specifically to proselytize to children and bring them into a fundamentalist evangelical way of thinking."
Jex Blackmore, of The Satanic Temple's Detroit chapter, stated: "I think it's important that children have an opportunity to understand and be involved with multiple diversity of beliefs. To understand there are different ways of looking at the world."
"They can claim that they're not really Satanists at all, but you don't allow Satan into the school and not protest it," Jack Burnham, a protester, countered.
The Satanic Temple, which is based in Salem, Massachusetts, states on its website:
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The mission of The Satanic Temple is to encourage benevolence and empathy among all people, reject tyrannical authority, advocate practical common sense and justice, and be directed by the human conscience to undertake noble pursuits guided by the individual will.
Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) describes its Good News Clubs on its website:
As with all CEF ministries, the purpose of Good News Club is to evangelize boys and girls with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and establish (disciple) them in the Word of God and in a local church for Christian living.
Ron Imig, of CEF in Portland, said of the After School Satan Club: "They have that right even though we don't agree with what they're doing."