Is this a case of “birds of a feather flock together?”
According to a report by the site Judicial Watch, the “After School Satan Clubs,” initiated last year by The Satanic Temple as a response to the widespread presence of the evangelical Good News Clubs afterschool programs in public elementary schools, were granted tax-exempt status by the Internal Revenue Service just ten days after making application…a turnaround time that’s nothing short of stunning.
If there is any doubt that The Satanic Temple is expressly seeking to counter the “influence” of the Good News Clubs with its own, decidedly-unique program offering, here is an excerpt from the Q&A page at afterschoolsatan.com:
How do I start an After School Satan Club in my school district?
If there isn’t a chapter of The Satanic Temple near you, but you’re interested in starting an After School Satan Club in your school district, please contact The Satanic Temple. Please keep in mind that The Satanic Temple is not interested in operating After School Satan Clubs in school districts that are not already hosting the Good News Club. However, The Satanic Temple ultimately intends to have After School Satan Clubs operating in every school district where the Good News Club is represented.
Almost as unbelievable as the very existence of afterschool programs sponsored by The Satanic Temple…is how fast the effort came to receive tax-exempt status. Judicial Watch was able to obtain records from the Treasury Department showing that application was made on October 21, 2014, and tax-exempt status was granted just 10 days later, on October 31.
Making all the more odious the speed with which the cult received its valuable status…is just how poorly so many conservative groups were treated by Obama’s IRS. On that note, Judicial Watch reminds us that “under the Obama administration, IRS political appointees illegally targeted conservative groups, either making them wait up to seven years for tax-exempt status or denying their application altogether.”
By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large