Homer Brink After School Satan Club Receives Permission Forms
The new After School Satan Club being organized for students at a Maine-Endwell school is expected to hold its first meeting in three weeks.
June Everett of Colorado is the group's campaign director. She said the first After School Satan Club was started near Portland, Oregon in 2016.
In a WNBF Radio interview, Everett said the club "is an alternative option" for public school children whose parents "don't necessarily want to send them to Bible or evangelical religious clubs."
Everett said there are seven After School Satan Clubs in the United States in comparison with "over 5,000 programs" sponsored by evangelical organizations.
Everett acknowledged "some people aren't always happy with the name" when they hear about plans to establish a new club. But, she said, "we believe this is part of our First Amendment rights and what makes the United States free." She said "the First Amendment isn't going to defend itself."
Everett said "the kids that are attending love it, the parents that are attending love it, so we're here to stay."
Everett said "we've received a couple of permission slips electronically" for Homer Brink students. But, she added, "it's really hard to gauge how many kids we will have" on the day of the first meeting, which is scheduled for March 16.
Fliers distributed to Homer Brink students stated After School Satan Club "does not attempt to convert children to any religious ideology."
Maine-Endwell superintendent Jason Van Fossen has noted although the district has given permission for After School Satan Club to use school facilities, it is not endorsing the organization.
LISTEN: After School Satan Club campaign director June Everett spoke with WNBF News on February 21, 2023.
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