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Satanic Temple Wants to Hand Out Satanic Books to School Children in Florida After Atheists Allowed to Tell Them 'Jesus Is Dead'

Satanic Temple Wants to Hand Out Satanic Books to School Children in Florida After Atheists Allowed to Tell Them 'Jesus Is Dead'

After being pressured to allow atheists to distribute materials in public schools declaring that "Jesus is dead," the Orange County School District in Florida may soon have to allow satanic books to be distributed to children, all because they allowed the distribution of Bibles in the schools.

In a press release issued Sunday, The Satanic Temple said it was the decision by the Orange County School Board that sparked their push to introduce satanism to children in schools.

"We would never seek to establish a precedent of disseminating our religious materials in public schools, because we believe our constitutional values are better served by respecting a strong separation of church and state," The Satanic Temple's spokesperson, Lucien Greaves, noted in the release.

"However, if a public school board is going to allow religious pamphlets and full Bibles to be distributed to students — as is the case in Orange County, Florida — we think the responsible thing to do is to ensure that these students are given access to a variety of differing religious opinions, as opposed to standing idly by while one religious voice dominates the discourse and delivers propaganda to youth," he added.

Materials proposed for distribution by The Satanic Temple include a coloring and activity booklet titled, "The Satanic Children's Big Book of Activities."

A report from WFTV highlighted that the Orange County School District allowed an evangelical Christian group to leave Bibles for students at 11 high schools. Atheist group, the Central Florida Free Thought Community, responded by handing out materials to students that includes titles such as, "Jesus is dead" and "Why I am not a Muslim."

The school board censored those materials because officials felt they would cause a disruption. The atheist group later sued the school board and officials relented.

"Even as we prefer public policies respecting secularism, we feel that opportunities — such as this — to establish an equal voice for contrasting religious opinions in the public square, tend to favor marginalized, lesser-known and alternative religions," Greaves asserted.

"I am quite certain that all of the children in these Florida schools are already aware of the Christian religion and it's Bible, and this might be the first exposure these children have to the actual practice of satanism. We think many students will be very curious to see what we offer," he added.

The Christian Post reached out to the Orange County School District for comment Wednesday, but the district's lawyer was not available for comment.

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