A school district in Portland, Oregon (of course) has recently approved an "After-School Satan Club" at Sacramento Elementary School. The program directly opposes "evangelical materials now creeping into their schools" and promotes free inquiry and rationalism, according to their website.
The program begins October 19—just in time for Halloween.
The Washington Post has obtained a sample of the letter the Satanic Temple is sending to school across the West Coast, from Los Angeles to Portland, which you can read here.
Many school districts across the country (including yours) have (or have had) Good News Clubs using their facilities. As a result, those schools have opened their doors to school clubs of all religious viewpoints. While The Good News Club is “working together with parents and the school to build solid moral and spiritual character into the lives of their children” based on their religious point of view, The Satanic Temple (TST) also has plans to enrich the lives of children in your district ...
Today TST is active in a rapidly growing number of states and is expanding just as rapidly into foreign countries, fighting for Free Speech, Religious Liberty, and rational, sciencebased inquiry and education. TST’s “After School Satan Clubs” are led by caring Satanists from local chapters in the community near the school.
The After-School Satan Club will be held at the same time and day as the Good News Club, a previously established after-school club promoting discipleship and the Gospel.
As we've previously noted, the Satanic Temple doesn't actually believe in a real Satan. The say, "Satan is symbolic of the Eternal Rebel in opposition to arbitrary authority, forever defending personal sovereignty even in the face of insurmountable odds.”
The group is known for challenging what they see as unfair favoritism toward Christianity. Discuss
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Developers in China have created the world's very first iPal, a talking robotic nanny that promises to keep kids age 3-8 entertained for a couple of hours at least. The iPal is 3-feet-tall and comes equipped with 25 motors, language understanding technology and cloud apps.
Why should kids spend the summer laying in their backyards watching clouds when they can access the cloud, right?
The iPal is designed to be a full-time companion and engage its autonomous learning engine to remember the preferences of their human companion and "increase its knowledge on subjects of interest to your child." It even has an "emotion management system" that enables them to responds to a variety of human emotion, like uplifting kids when they can sense they're upset.
This sounds cool in theory, maybe, but social psychology impresses how much social interaction kids need in their lives, especially at that age when they're learning how to navigate the world appropriately.
Even Noel Sharkey, emeritus professor of artificial intelligence and robotics at the University of Sheffield, has been warning the world on what these technology developments could mean for mankind. In piece he wrote for Science, he impressed that "children could be left without human contact for many hours a day or perhaps for several days, and the possible psychological impact of the varying degrees of social isolation on development is unknown."
What does this mean for the future of human development? We can only wait, pray and see. Discuss
The bodycam footage from two police officers has been released, showing a black man in North Carolina being handcuffed and punched by police officers for sitting on the front porch of his own mother’s house, where he continues to stay often.
The incident started when two police officers say they were called to a home because a man was seen walking around with a shovel. When they arrived, Dejuan Yourse was calmly sitting on the porch of his childhood home, waiting for his mother to arrive. He had picked up a shovel out of the yard. Yourse produced an ID for the officers that had his address and even offered to prove he grew up in the home by introducing them to the neighbors.
After the two officers continually questioned him, Yourse eventually attempted to call someone to tell them that the police were harassing him. Officer Travis Cole then grabbed the phone, and punched Yourse. He then handcuffed Yourse and continued to hit him.
Yourse was arrested and charged with several crimes, though they were later dropped.
This week, the local city council voted to permanently suspend officer Travis Cole after viewing the disturbing video. Cole had already resigned so that criminal charges against him would be dropped.
Yesterday, the other officer involved in the arrest also resigned. The incident is still being reviewed, and local activist are calling for more punishment for the two officers, and for the police department to tell the public why it took so long for action to take place.
Cole had actually been promoted two weeks after the incident and after Yourse complained. Discuss