Federal Judge Rules Pennsylvania School District Must Allow After-School Satan Club

(The Hill) — School districts in Pennsylvania must allow students to convene after-school Satan clubs, a federal judge ruled Monday.

“As a victory for free speech and freedom of religion, a federal court ruled that the Saukon Valley School District must allow the After-School Satan Club to meet at school district facilities.” announced by the ACLU.

and filing on mondayissued in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and shared by the ACLU, the judge said, “Here, Satanic Temple’s opponents could challenge the sanctity of the organization of this controversial name. However, First Amendment protections must take precedence.”

School districts must allow after-school Satan clubs sponsored by the Satanic Temple to meet on three previously agreed dates during the school year, but distribute club permits for students to obtain No need to. Home, according to the documents.

National ACLU, Pennsylvania ACLU, Dechert LLP filed a lawsuit In March, he spoke out against the school district on behalf of the Satanic Temple, arguing that the school district had violated the First Amendment by banning club meetings at district facilities.

District claimed Banning a club for failing to make it clear in its permit that the club is not sponsored by the district.

“When faced with challenges to free speech, a government’s first instinct should be to advance it rather than crush it, especially if the content is controversial or inconvenient. Case: Judge John M. Gallagher said in Monday’s judgment:

The After School Satan Club was allowed to meet earlier this year in Virginia. Similar controversy made a headline. Federal Judge Rules Pennsylvania School District Must Allow After-School Satan Club

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