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Tucker Carlson Beats the Head of the Satanic Temple for Setting Up After School Clubs

Tucker Carlson chided the head of a Satanic temple for organizing an “after-school Satan club” gathering, which had sparked outrage among some parents after flyers advertising the event were seen in the Illinois elementary school.

The Fox News host questioned the group’s leader, Lucien Greaves, who appeared on his “Tucker Carlson Tonight” program Friday, just a day after protesters lined up outside Jane Addams Elementary School in Moline, Illinois, over the Satanic after-school facility. reduce. club.

“So would there be an ‘I hate gays’ club?” asked Carlson Friday. “Or a ‘blacks are inferior’ club?”

“The answer, of course, is no, because the community has a say in what its children see on government property, ie a public school,” he said. “So you’re just telling me that everyone just kind of goes along with it because of the Supreme Court?”

“I don’t want to use air profanity, but what you’re saying is ridiculous. We both know it’s ridiculous. I just want to be very clear about this.”

Greaves, whose Satanic Temple runs the club, says it promotes “benevolence, empathy and critical thinking” and does not believe in Satan, repeatedly citing the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold religious freedom, and using that logic to justify the club’s existence.

The school district has said the club is allowed to meet because they are not allowed to discriminate against “different points of view”.

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Tucker Carlson criticized the Satanic Temple for setting up after-school clubs in a Friday segment

Tucker Carlson criticized the Satanic Temple for setting up after-school clubs in a Friday segment

Tucker Carlson, left, slammed the Satanic Temple's after-school program against group leader Lucien Greaves, right

Tucker Carlson, left, slammed the Satanic Temple’s after-school program against group leader Lucien Greaves, right

Greaves, right, whose Satanic Temple runs the club, repeatedly cited the Supreme Court's decision to uphold religious freedom, and excused the club's existence by that logic.

Greaves, right, whose Satanic Temple runs the club, repeatedly cited the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold religious freedom, and excused the club’s existence by that logic.

“The Supreme Court has allowed religion… What you can’t do is allow the government to choose which religions,” Greaves said.

“But they always do,” Carlson replied. “You could be expelled from school for citing parts of the Old Testament.”

“Rather right away.”

“If there’s an after-school Satan club, the students should at least be able to quote scriptures without getting banned,” Carlson said.

“Is there a Satanic theological school?” he asked Greaves.

Flyers for the Satan club appeared this week and were put online Monday by a parent.  The club has already scheduled five meeting dates, starting on Thursday

Flyers for the Satan club appeared this week and were put online Monday by a parent. The club has already scheduled five meeting dates, starting on Thursday

At the protest on Thursday, a man stood outside with a large wooden cross that read: 'Stop and Talk'.  Others held signs that read

At the protest on Thursday, a man stood outside with a large wooden cross that read: ‘Stop and Talk’. Others held signs that read “God knows your heart.” You need Jesus’ and ‘You are not an atheist. You need Jesus.’

A small group led by a pastor protested outside Jane Addams Elementary School in Moline, Illinois on Thursday as the school hosted the first meeting of an

A small group led by a pastor protested outside Jane Addams Elementary School in Moline, Illinois on Thursday as the school hosted the first meeting of an “after-school Satan club”

“No, we have educators who volunteer with us, we do criminal background checks that are not required for after-school clubs and not required for any of the religious clubs because we want to be responsible for this,” Greaves said.

On Thursday, half a dozen protesters led by a pastor stood outside the school as the school held its first “Satan Club” after-school meeting, with the district saying the club is allowed to meet because they cannot discriminate against “different points of view.” ‘

Flyers for the club appeared this week at Jane Addams Elementary School in Moline, a small town along the Mississippi River.

They read: ‘Hey Kids, let’s have fun in our After School Satan Club! Science Projects! Puzzles and games! Art and craft projects! Nature activities!’

The flyers also noted that five dates had already been scheduled, with the first meeting being held Thursday afternoon from 2:45 PM to 3:45 PM.

The club's flyer says it promotes

The club’s flyer says it promotes “benevolence and empathy, critical thinking, problem solving, creative expression and personal sovereignty.” Above a tweet from the Satanic Temple

The Satanic Temple is the club's national parent organization.  It says it doesn't believe in Satan and only promotes

The Satanic Temple is the club’s national parent organization. It says it doesn’t believe in Satan and only promotes “intellectual and emotional development”

A copy was posted online by a parent and quickly spread on social media, much to the anger of some.

The district says a parent has contacted the “National After-School Satan Club” to have them bring the program to the school, and the club is not affiliated with any teacher or school staff.”

At the protest on Thursday, a man stood outside with a large wooden cross that read: ‘Stop and Talk’. Others held signs that read “God knows your heart.” You need Jesus’ and ‘You are not an atheist. You need Jesus.’

“To illegally deny their organization (position) to pay our government-funded institution after school, the district is filing a discrimination lawsuit, which we will not win, likely taking thousands upon thousands of taxpayer dollars from our teachers, staff and classrooms.” Moline-Coal Valley Schools Superintendent Rachel Savage said in a message posted on the district’s website Wednesday.

On Thursday, Moline police had a cruiser and a local police officer on the scene when the school left, according to OurQuadCities.com.

The pastor who led the small protest said he and his group plan to protest as long as the club comes together.

The Satan Club flyer says it promotes “benevolence and empathy, critical thinking, problem solving, creative expression and personal sovereignty.”

In an FAQ section on its website, the Satanic Temple says it does not “believe in the existence of Satan or the supernatural.”

The Satanic Temple believes that religion can and should be separated from superstition. As such, we do not promote belief in a personal Satan. To embrace the name Satan is to embrace rational inquiry separate from the supernatural and archaic tradition-based superstition.”

That hasn’t stopped parents and others on social media from being outraged at the club that organizes meetings at the school.

Parent Necia Cole posted a photo of the flyer to Facebook on Monday, according to KTVI.

One person replied, ‘Wait what????? How is this even a thing? Who approved this? I just know they’re about to blow because I’d be leaving.”

The district says a parent has contacted Satanic Temple to host the club, and the district must not discriminate against anyone willing to pay to rent space for after-school gatherings.  Jane Addams Elementary also hosts a children's evangelistic community club

The district says a parent has contacted Satanic Temple to host the club, and the district must not discriminate against anyone willing to pay to rent space for after-school gatherings. Jane Addams Elementary also hosts a children’s evangelistic community club

Cole replied, “I’ll add that the flyer was only allowed because of the rules and regulations the school has to allow it. My kids go to a pretty good school. I may also add that no teacher physically handed out the flyers.’

Speaking about the controversy on Wednesday, Chief Inspector Rachel Savage cited “many mounting concerns and questions.”

She emphasized that the club meeting does not affect the school day and that no district teacher is involved.

“A parent from our district contacted the National Satan Club after school and informed them that Jane Addams Elementary School, in Moline, offers a children’s evangelistic club and asked if they would bring their program to that school too, to give parents a choice of points of view. Savage wrote.

The Board of Education allows the community to use and rent the district’s facilities, she added.

“Since we have allowed religious entities to rent our facilities after school, we are not allowed to discriminate against different religious views,” Savage said.

She emphasized that only 30 flyers were sent to the school and that they were not distributed to the students, but were simply placed on a table in the lobby where they could pick one up.

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