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Will satanists be able to volunteer in Florida schools?

2024-03-08T21:12:21+00:00
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  • Could satanists volunteer in schools?
  • Two controversial bills in Florida may make it possible.
  • What does this mean?

Florida lawmakers have passed two controversial bills that could potentially allow satanists from the nontheistic organization, The Satanic Temple to volunteer in schools.

According to the EFE agency, members of the controversial Satanic Temple could volunteer their services in various educational institutions if the proposed bills are signed by Governor DeSantis.

The bills are aimed at making it possible to bring religion into the classroom.

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Could satanists volunteer in schools in Florida?

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SB 1044 and HB 931 would allow school boards to assign volunteer chaplains to public schools.

Parents would then be able to select a chaplain from a list volunteers who would all undergo background checks, according to Fox 35.

The U.S. Constitution does not specify which religious organizations are suitable to volunteer in public schools.

So, in theory, satanists could be eligible.

HB 931 and SB 1044

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The bills stipulate that parents must be informed of the type of services any chaplain would be providing.

Thus, parents would have input into who the volunteers are and whether their children would participate in any services.

Lucien Greaves, spokesperson for The Satanic Temple based in Salem, Massachusetts, pointed out that the government must be neutral regarding religion.

The Satanic Temple specifies that its members don’t worship satan and has had extracurricular programs in schools in Kansas, Tennessee and Virginia for eight years.

Members of The Satanic Temple don’t worship the devil

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On its official website, The Satanic Temple specifies that among its ideals is to «reject tyrannical authority, advocate practical common sense and oppose injustice.»

It is a public charitable organization, as recognized by the Internal Revenue Service.

The proposed bills are still pending approval, but if passed, parents would have the final say in who interacts with their children.

It will be up to them whether satanists volunteer in schools or not.

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