Just in time for Halloween and the celebration of everything that is dark and gory, a Floridian Satanic temple submitted a full coloring book for kids in the Orange County School District to indulge in.
The book was created after a judge ruled that religious pamphlets of all kinds can be distributed in school following a lawsuit by the Freedom From Religion Foundation against Christian evangelism, reported the Orlando Sentinel.
The coloring book (see coloring book here) features cartooned kids performing Satanic rituals and drawing pentagrams in the middle of the classroom during school, a word search puzzle for words like "acceptance," and "love," and a maze to reach a fabled occult spell book.
The characters in the book are clothed with Satanic symbols on their shirts and appear to be spreading anti-bullying and religious tolerance messages. The book also features a connect-the-dots sheet that creates a pentagram and pictures of the Satanic leader Anton LaVey and his minions.
"If people are offended," Satanic Temple co-founder and spokesperson Lucien Greaves said to the Broward/Palm Beach New Times, "I hope they realize they need to not take it up with us, but with the School Board, who allowed this to happen in the first place."
Despite the release of 'The Satanic Children's Big Book of Activities', Greaves claims his group is not promoting their religion to the children.
"We don't argue the merits of any one voice in a school environment," said Greaves, "We think it's in the best interests for everyone, especially the kids, that the district not to have religious materials of any kind distributed in schools."
Greaves stated that he is just providing an alternative to counteract traditional Judeo-Christian beliefs in America.
"There has to be an understanding that they probably have a student body that is generally aware of Christian teachings," said Greaves, "Kids know about the Bible. They probably go to church on Sundays with their parents. But our material juxtaposed to that offers differing religious opinions, not just the view that's dominating the discourse."
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