According to reports, Satanists will be joining a national atheist group in handing out controversial literature to public school students in Orange County, Fla.
A press release from The Satanic Temple indicates that amongst the materials to be handed out are a Satanic-themed coloring book and “information about the legal right to practice Satanism in school.”
Reportedly amongst these books is “The Satanic Children’s Big Book of Activities,” which is a coloring book that focuses on Satanic themes and human tolerance.
“Damian is showing his class the way to make an inverted pentagram,” reads one of the book’s activities. “Connect the dots to make one yourself.”
It is unclear when The Satanic Temple—which does not believe the devil to be real, and instead “advocates for religious tolerance and pluralism”—will begin its distribution. Earlier this week, the district said that it had not yet received an official request to circulate the books and materials.
Satanic Temple spokesman Lucien Greaves said that handing out Satanic reading material is an attempt to balance the decision to allow religious materials in schools, “as opposed to standing idly by while one religious voice dominates the discourse and delivers propaganda to youth.”
“If a public school board is going to allow religious pamphlets and full Bibles to be distributed to students…we think the responsible thing to do is ensure that these students are given access to a variety of differing religious opinions,” said Greaves.
The Blaze reports that following a battle with a local affiliate of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, district policy now essentially allows the presence of these materials on campuses.
Last year, after finding out that a local Christian group was permitted to distribute Bibles, the Central Florida Freethought Community sued Orange County Public Schools for the right to hand out literature.
In July 2014, the lawsuit was dismissed: the district permitted the atheist group to distribute its materials.
As an attorney for the Freedom From Religion Foundation said, if the open policy is slated to continue, the Satanist materials must also be permitted.
Unless they close the forum altogether, said Andrew Seidel, an attorney for the atheist group, “They have no ability to keep out the Satanists and the literature they want to distribute.”