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Satanic Temple Prepares to Enter Florida Schools as State Moves to Pass Bill Allowing Chaplains to Volunteer

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The Satanic Temple
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Since the recent House Bill 931 or Senate Bill 7044 was passed in Florida, religious groups have been clamoring to enter into schools, including the Satanic Temple. The bill was passed to allow more religious expressions in Florida public schools. But what does this mean for students and the community?

The Satanic Temple is a group recognized by the IRS as a tax-exempt religious organization that fights for religious freedom. They actively involve themselves in challenging rules or laws that allow religion into government or public sectors. They fight this course to promote fairness for all beliefs. 

They have announced their interest in sending their volunteer chaplains to Florida schools. The Satanic Temple did not respond immediately to a request for comment from The Independent. However, one of its leaders told the Tallahassee Democrat that the group is prepared to assist children.

“Any opportunity that exists for ministers or chaplains in the public sector must not discriminate based on religious affiliation,” wrote The Satanic Temple’s director of ministry, who goes by Penemue Grigori, in an email. “Our ministers look forward to participating in opportunities to do good in the community, including the opportunities created by this bill, right alongside the clergy of other religions.”

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According to its website, the religious group, despite its name, doesn’t believe in Satan. Instead, it promotes “effective and artful protest.” The Satanic Temple introduced the “After School Satan Clubs” as an alternative to faith-based school programs. These clubs offer science projects, community service initiatives, arts and crafts, puzzles, and games.

“The After School Satan Club does not believe in introducing religion into public schools and will only open a club if other religious groups are operating on campus,” the church’s website says.

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Additionally, the group also advocates for reproductive rights, the safety of mental health patients, and alternative addiction recovery methods. Interestingly, its advocacies seem to align with the principles behind Florida’s bill. The bill is being promoted as a means to support students with their mental health needs.

The bill cleared its final committee hearing earlier this week. A final Senate vote appears ready to take place, and if passed, the law will go into effect on July 1, just in time for the next school year. 

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The bill grants school districts and charter schools the authority to permit volunteer school chaplains to offer student support, services, and programs. These programs are assigned by the district school board or charter school governing board. 

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Additionally, it mandates that districts screen volunteers and obtain parental consent before students can access their services. Parents can select from a list, which will be publicly posted by each district, containing the volunteer’s name and religious affiliation.

Regardless, many are skeptical about the Satanic organization introducing itself into schools. Many fear that it goes against traditional values and might influence kids negatively. They believe the bill it could allow strange or harmful doctrines into schools.

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