Satanic “clubs” have cropped up in Washington State schools, and thanks to the IRS under former President Barack Obama, they got their tax-exempt status fast-tracked, all while conservative and/or Christian groups were targeted.
Judicial Watch reported:
While the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) makes conservative groups wait years for tax-exempt status an “After School Satan Club” launched to hinder Christian-based counterparts got its nonprofit ranking in just ten days, records obtained by Judicial Watch show. The classification is offered to charitable, religious and educational organizations that operate as nonprofits. 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. Judicial Watch uncovered that scandal and has obtained piles of government records showing how the IRS illegally colluded with another federal agency to single out groups with conservative-sounding terms such as patriot and Tea Party in their titles when applying for tax-exempt status.
One such group behind an after-school Satan club at Point Defiance Elementary in Tacoma had its tax-exempt status pushed forward extremely quickly, as they applied on October 21, 2014 and got it on October 31, 2014, according to Judicial Watch, who cited records from the Treasury Department.
To make matters worse, these cultish clubs are apparently being implemented in certain schools in Washington for the specific purpose of countering Christian Good News clubs.
The group that established the after-school Satan club at Point Defiance Elementary is a Somerville, Massachusetts-based non-profit called Reason Alliance. In Washington State, they reportedly run the Satanic Temple of Seattle.
The director of the Satanic Temple of Seattle, Lilith X. Starr, apparently confirmed that the goal was to counter the Christian clubs. Judicial Watch reported: “Starr also tells the superintendent that the effort to establish after-school Satan clubs in Tacoma schools is in direct response to the Christian-based Good News Clubs operating in campuses throughout the district.”
In an email exchange between Tacoma Schools official Andrea O’Brien-Henley and colleague Paul Koch, O’Brien-Henley forwarded this passage from the Satanic Temple’s website:
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 and 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.
The Satan club hadn’t garnered a single member as of two-weeks after its implementation, according to the principal of Point Defiance Elementary. However, the point remains that the IRS appears to have made a point to fast-track a Satan group that is going after Christian groups all while discriminating against Christians and conservatives.
That is disturbing.