THREAD: Christian groups like the Good News Club use public schools to proselytize other people's children. This terrible idea was unconstitutional until SCOTUS ok'ed it in 2001 in a case brought by the Christian Nationalist legal outfit ADF (Hobby Lobby, gay wedding cake case).
The After School Satan club is only possible because evangelical Christians insisted on using the machinery of the state to proselytize.

So if you're angry about this, take it up with the "religious freedom" champions at ADF.

This is what a equality looks like.

But wait,...
...there's more. ADF and Good News Clubs want to be in public schools bc they want to use the authority of public school teachers and the trust families put in them to spread their message. Children are taught to accept what they learn in school—math, reading, science—as true.
The child evangelizers—which is how they think of themselves—know that children will conflate the truth they're taught during school hours with the religion they're taught after school.

Evangelicals are co-opting the authority of the public school system to spread Christianity.
If this bothers you, and it should, wait until you hear about the curriculum the Good News Club teaches its children.

@kathsstewart has done brilliant work exposing the group. She wrote a book (The Good News Club) and explains here:
Here's how one GNC volunteer explained his mission to Stewart.🖼️

They are literally coming for your children.

Please read Stewart's book for more. It's eye-opening:…
Some of you might be thinking that this isn't so bad, it's all voluntary. Parents don't have to send their kids.

True. But the GNC isn't entirely honest with parents. They mask their hellish theology and proselytizing purpose, as Stewart documents.
Good News Clubs also take advantage of the fact that parents in this country are desperate for help with child care. An extra hour after school every week can be a huge benefit. It's one reason GNC insists on doing it after school. Again, co-opting the machinery of the state.
Some of you may also be thinking that, however hellish the evangelical Christian curriculum is, it can't be as bad as After School Satan.

That'd be wrong. The curriculum is actually pretty good (if cheeky) and morally superior threats of eternal torture.…
To close: After School Satan exists because Evangelical Christians claimed a religious freedom right to use our public schools to convert your children with promises of free childcare and undisclosed threats of hell. ADF, a Christian nationalist outfit, won that case.

And so...
... if you're a believer and you're angry about Satan in public schools, consider the words in 2 Kings 20:1:

“This is what the LORD says: Put your house in order..."
Update: @kathsstewart has added some of the rich, haunting detail you can find in her book to this discussion starting with this tweet:

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I see you saying there's no point getting vaxxed because you can still get and spread Delta.😡
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So yes, your selfish decision to subjugate our shared humanity to your comfort and convenience risked and still risks the health and safety of others.

Basically, by helping undermine public health measures, you helped create a virus more transmissible than Ebola. So well done.
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Constitutional attorney here.

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Your 2nd Amendment "freedom" doesn't let you carry a gun on a plane.
Your freedom of speech doesn't include defamation.
Your home can be searched with a warrant.
Your religious freedom ends where others' rights begin.
These limits are the price we pay for living in a civilized society.

About the only unlimited right you have is freedom of thought. And while you're free to believe any bullshit floating around this interconnected hellscape, that doesn't give you a right to act on it.
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