May 26, 2024

While story after story comes out detailing just how deep leftist activists have infiltrated our school system, this story shows that there’s at least some good sense in Oklahoma. 

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According to Fox News, Oklahoma Superintendent Ryan Walters fired a warning shot at The Satanic Temple after they said they would be placing their on ministers in public schools if Senate Bill 36 becomes law. The bill, recently passed by Oklahoma’s House, would allow volunteer chaplains into public schools provided a background check clears them of any prior criminal history, including sex offenders. The bill also allows for chaplains to be dismissed for negligence and moral misconduct. 

The Satanic Temple said they’re ready and willing to send their own ministers into the schools as a result of this legislation: 

“While we would prefer states to invest in professional counselors over unlicensed religious support for students, we are prepared to adapt to these legislative conditions,” Rachel Chambliss, TST’s executive director, said. “We are committed to offering compassionate guidance to students who come to us so that we can help make positive changes in their lives by listening to their needs and providing support.” 

However, Walters isn’t having it: “In Oklahoma, we have conservative values. President Joe Biden and the National Education Association want Christianity out of the classroom and are advocating for our kids to have zero morality and faith,” Walters told Fox News Digital in a statement.  “Let me be crystal clear: Satanists are not welcome in Oklahoma schools, but they are welcome to go to hell,” the Republican superintendent said.

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“In Oklahoma, we have conservative values. President Joe Biden and the National Education Association want Christianity out of the classroom and are advocating for our kids to have zero morality and faith,” Walters told Fox News Digital in a statement.  

“Let me be crystal clear: Satanists are not welcome in Oklahoma schools, but they are welcome to go to hell,” the Republican superintendent said.

The bill still has to be passed in the Senate, and if it does, it will go into effect on November 1. The Satanic Temple is in a similar fight in Florida as legislation was signed into law by Gov. Ron DeSantis last month. DeSantis’s response was also a full-on rejection of the TST’s threat to put their own ministers into Florida schools as reported by Fox News.

 “Some have said that if you do a school chaplain program, that, somehow, you’re going to have satanists running around in all our schools. We’re not playing those games in Florida,” DeSantis stated. “That is not a religion. That is not qualified to be able to participate in this. So, we’re going to be using common sense when it comes to this. You don’t have to worry about it.”

The Satanic Temple bills itself as an anti-religious organization that doesn’t actually worship Satan but is geared toward complicating matters for Christianity in the public space. Despite its self-proclaimed stance of being anti-religious, it’s made its figurehead the most evil figure in all of Western culture and, as such, is a promotor of Satanism regardless of what it claims it actually is. 

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Satanism is a lifestyle that promotes self-harm in a variety of ways, including self-absorption, hedonism, as well as other damaging things like abortion. 

But in the context that TST is billing itself, it is not a religious organization and could create its own legal complications when trying to put its “ministers” in a school. DeSantis is clear that he doesn’t recognize it as a religious group either, and it’s unclear how TST will be having its non-religious cake and eating it religiously too. 

Either way, this is the correct response to anyone attempting to insert any kind of Satanism into the public, especially around children. 

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