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An elementary school in California is facing backlash from parents and the community for allowing an 'After School Satan Club' to move forward.
The club was recently approved at the Golden Hills Elementary School in Tehachapi, California, located in Kern County.
In an interview with KBAK, one parent described the decision to allow the club, founded by the Satanic Temple and the Reason Alliance, as 'disgusting,' while another called it 'a mistake.'
That kind of reaction was expected, according to Paul Hicks, the man who will lead the club at the Northern California school.
'We've already gotten threats against us,' said Hicks, who is also a critical thinking professor. 'As I would often say, there's no hate like Christian love.'
The After School Satan Club is meant to 'educate children and encourage critical thinking'
Parents are furious over the Tehachapi Unified School District's approval of the club
The club is meant to 'educate children and encourage critical thinking,' according to Lucien Greaves, spokesperson for the After School Satan Club.
Greaves says that in spite of the controversial name, the organization does not teach Satanism to children.
'We keep religious matters out of the teachings of the after school Satan clubs and people often ask us, "well then why include Satanism at all, being that people are going to be offended by it?"
'Well, the fact of the matter is, there's nothing to be offended by and we don't want people to be unaware of who we are when we run these programs, as we think there would be a more intense backlash if we were trying to hide it,' Greaves told KBAK.
Despite the claim from Greaves, parents and family members of students say that the whole situation completely unsettles them.
'Tehachapi said yes, and I think they made a mistake. I know my grandson will not be a part of this club,' said Brenda Maher, another relative of a student.
The Satanic Temple's website describes the club as a way to educate without proselytization
The After School Satan club welcomes any and all who want to join, according to the Temple of Satan's website
'I understand the school has to allow them because they allow other after school programs such as the good news, which is a Christian based after school program, that one I'm okay with, but I can't imagine why anyone would want their child to attend this Satanic group,' said Sheila Knight, a grandparent.
In a statement released by the Tehachapi Unified School District, officials stated that it is against the law to