TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Members of The Satanic Temple in Tucson want to offer an after school program to children at a school in the Tucson Unified School District.
The paperwork for a program at Roskruge Bilingual K-8 was filed Monday, according to member and spokesman Stu De Haan. He said the Tucson application is one of approximately a dozen that have been filed across the country.
The program needs a faculty sponsor, according to TUSD spokeswoman Stefanie Boe. To that, De Haan said the program is still in its early stages and wanted to find a teacher first.
Amy Jensen, a teacher with her master's degree, said she offered her services to the program after she heard about After School Satan through a friend. Jensen said she is not a member, nor has any affiliation with The Satanic Temple. She said she agrees with the principles of the temple.
"We have a lot of things going on right now in our country that I think are caused by hate and kind of fear of other people and what they believe," she said. "I think it's really important to give kids options and educate them on other people's beliefs."
De Haan said the curriculum for the program would focus on science, reasoning, and logic. He said a parent approached him with a concern at Roskruge because the only after school program offered on Wednesday was Good News Club, a faith-based program that includes bible stories.
The Supreme Court ruled in 2001 that a public school cannot discriminate against an after school program like Good News Club for religious reason. De Haan said if one faith is allowed then all faiths should be allowed.
"We are kind of just exposing that in a way," he said. "But this is a very legitimate something that we would like to do and it's something that's requested of the community to have an alternative."