FOX NEWS - The Satanic Temple will begin petitioning this fall to set up after-school programs at public elementary schools around the country.
The Satanic Temple’s co-founder, Doug Mesner, who goes by the name Lucien Greaves, told The Washington Post that their goal is to counterbalance Christian after-school programs.
"It’s critical that children understand that there are multiple perspectives on all issues, and that they have a choice in how they think," Mesner said.
The After School Satan website - which features the slogan "Educatin' With Satan" - says that the programs will focus on free inquiry, rationalism and science.
Despite the organization's name and imagery, the Satanic Temple does not believe in a literal Satan or supernatural beings of any kind. According to the temple, Satan is merely a "metaphorical construct" to represent the rejection of all forms of tyranny over the human mind.