A Pennsylvania school district is making headlines for reportedly changing its dress code to allow students to wear satanic-themed clothing.
Some media outlets are calling the policy change a notable “victory” for Satanists.
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The Garnet Valley School District in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, previously precluded students from donning apparel “displaying alcohol, drugs, tobacco, weapons, violence, obscenities, lewd or illegal behavior, sexual overtones, satanic/cult references, double meanings, or any reference that is disruptive to the educational environment,” according to the Patriot-News.
But those rules have now purportedly changed after Satanic Delco, a local Satanist organization, complained and embarked on a campaign to strike some of that language.
Numerous outlets are reporting the Garnet Valley School District has since changed the dress code to remove the “satanic/cult references” preclusion for the 2022-2023 academic year.
Satanic Delco is praising the district’s decision to change the rules and allow students to freely “express their Satanism,” the Patriot-News noted.
“Garnet Valley students are now free to express their Satanism on equal footing, alongside their fellow students of every other religion,” a statement from Satanic Delco reads. “Thank you to those at the school district who eventually made the right choice to remove the discriminatory language.”
The purported conclusion to the Garnet Valley School District debacle comes after WPVI-TV reported last October about another district that made a similar change after complaints from Satanic Delco.
At least one parent purportedly spoke out after the dress code blocked clothing that is “Satanic in nature.”
“The idea that a public school would allow religious expression in school, but choose to single out and prohibit the expression of one specific religion obviously seemed like a problem for us,” Joseph Rose, founder of Satanic Delco, said at the time.
The district reportedly decided to remove the language from its handbook, WPVI-TV reported.
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It should be noted Satanic Delco neither worships Satan nor believes in his existence. Adherents would fall under a category of the belief system known as “atheistic Satanism.”
Rather than actual worship of the devil, those who fall under this descriptor might examine or aspire to his attributes but generally believe he’s not real.
This is, of course, a radical departure from those who practice another form of the religious system: theistic Satanism. Read more about Satanism and what these terms mean here.
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