ACLU slaps Pennsylvania school district with lawsuit for banning After School Satan Club

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A Pennsylvania school is facing a lawsuit from American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Allegedly banning the Devil’s Club after school, which school officials initially agreed to.

The lawsuit, filed Thursday, alleges that the Saucon Valley School District originally approved the club, stating that they could not discriminate against The Satanic Temple (TST), which sponsors ASSC, for requesting access to the district’s facilities. The district later canceled entry after an uproar from others, alleging that the club’s sponsor had violated a policy requiring use of school facilities for outside groups not to interfere with the schools educational program.

The Pennsylvania Civil Liberties Union claims that the return violates the freedom of speech clause of the First Amendment.

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A statue of Baphomet is seen in the conversion room at The Satanic Temple in Salem, Massachusetts, on October 8, 2019.

A statue of Baphomet is seen in the conversion room at The Satanic Temple in Salem, Massachusetts, on October 8, 2019. (Joseph Prezios/AFP via Getty Images)

The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, alleges that SVSD’s refusal to grant ASSC equal access to school facilities gives “veto power” to those who dislike the group’s religious view, despite the speech clause of the First Amendment prohibiting the government from imposing Censors speech based on the objections or reactions of others,” reads a March 30 ACLU press release.

Sarah Rose, Deputy Legal Director, The ACLU Pennsylvaniaalleging that the boycott’s actions set a “dangerous precedent” for its refusal to protect controversial opinions from censorship.

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In this illustrated illustration, the American Civil Liberties Union logo is shown displayed on a smartphone.

In this illustrated illustration, the American Civil Liberties Union logo is shown displayed on a smartphone. (Igor Golovnyov/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

“The First Amendment protects the expression of unpopular or controversial opinions from government censorship. Once the district opened school facilities for outside use, it was obligated under the First Amendment to grant equal access to everyone It said, according to the press release, “the groups, regardless of their religious beliefs or views.”

The statement also states the school district’s claim that Devil’s club after school The permissions were revoked after the club failed to explain that the club was not sponsored by the district itself, but “the suit makes it clear that this allegation is pretentious and discriminatory”.

The ACLU cited clubs and other religious groups that are allowed to use area facilities to meet, including predominantly Christian organizations.

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The Satanic Temple's statue of Baphomet was based on a drawing by occultist Eliphas Levi, pictured above in a museum in Germany.

The Satanic Temple’s statue of Baphomet was based on a drawing by occultist Eliphas Levi, pictured above in a museum in Germany. (Image Coalition via Getty Images)

June Everett, the Satanic Temple’s director of ASSC programming, claimed that the ban would send a “discriminatory message” to students who hold different beliefs than their peers.

“The Devil’s After School Club provides a critical space for students who may feel unwelcome in other religious after school clubs,” it said in the press release, and continued, “By banning ASSC from meeting in school facilities, the district is sending a discriminatory message to club students that they are are second-rate and do not deserve the same opportunities as their peers.”

The Satanic Temple’s complaint “asks for immediate and permanent damages against the county, in addition to compensatory and nominal damages and attorneys’ fees.”

Fox News Digital I reached out to the Saucon Valley School District superintendent and the American Civil Liberties Union for comment, but did not receive an immediate response.

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