(WWBT) - A Washington State school division has been advised that it must allow the Satanic Temple of Seattle to start an after-school program at one of their elementary schools.
According to a report shared by the Associated Press, Duncan Forbes, an attorney representing the Mount Vernon School District, told officials to allow the temple to hold the after-school program, adding that denial of their application would lead to costly litigation which would not end in their favor.
The AP reports that Forbes said the school division was one of nine around the country to receive such applications. The Guardian reports the other school districts are in Georgia, California, Florida, Oregon, Washington state and Arizona.
The Associated Press reports that the Satanic Temple, based in Salem, Mass. has been targeting schools that have a Good News Bible Club.
A spokesperson for the Satanic Temple of Seattle said a parent brought the bible club to their attention over concerns that the club was teaching children to evangelize to their peers.
Satanic Temple spokesperson Tarkus Claypool said their curriculum teaches children logic, self-empowerment and reasoning and they don't worship a deity.
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