Credit: The Satanic Temple
By Ian Millhiser
The Satanic Temple has found a way to hack conservative Supreme Court decisions that are increasingly skeptical of the wall of separation between church and state — coloring books for children.
To explain, a public school district in Orange County, Florida permitted a Christian group to distribute Bibles to the district’s students. In response, the Satanic Temple showed up with material they wanted to distribute as well, a coloring book entitled the The Satanic Children’s BIG BOOK of Activities. The Satanists also had a powerful legal argument on their side, as the Supreme Court held in Lamb’s Chapel v. Center Moriches Union Free School District — a case holding than an evangelical church must be given equal access to school facilities — that “the First Amendment forbids the government to regulate speech in ways that favor some viewpoints or ideas at the expense of others.”
The school district, in other words, could allow Christians and Satanists alike to distribute literature to students. Or it could exclude both. But it cannot discriminate against the Satanists because it disagrees with the Satanic viewpoint. At a school board meeting Tuesday night, the board decided to go with a version of option B. Under their new policy, some literature may still be distributed, “but nothing that is religious, political or sectarian,” according to the Orlando Sentinel.
(Under Lamb’s Chapel it is likely that the district will ultimately have to cut back this policy even further if it wants to keep the Satanic coloring books off campus, as that decision struck down a policy which provided that school premises “shall not be used by any group for religious purposes,” but which allowed those premises to be used for secular purposes.)
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