The Satanic Temple Wants to Save Your Kids From Corporal Punishment in Public Schools

So I just learned that corporal punishment is still allowed in public schools in the USA. Weird.

In some districts, male teachers can even paddle naughty female students' bottoms. Also weird. Pretty sure that's the basic plot behind a good portion of what you can find on Pornhub.

Also weird: The Satanic Temple is coming to those kids' rescue.

The Satanic Temple Wants to Save Kids from Abusive Teachers

The Temple plans to erect billboards in areas that still allow corporal punishment in public schools and notify school boards of children's civil rights.

Given the right context, and everyone's permission, spanking can be a lot of fun. But that's probably not true for public school students in the 19 states where corporal punishment is still allowed. Thankfully, though, the Satanic Temple has stepped in to help.

After crusading for various free speech issues in schools, the Temple is now campaigning to end corporal punishment in public schools by launching the Protect Children Project. Children can register with the project—regardless of religious affiliation—and it will notify that child's school board that any harm toward them is a violation of their civil rights.

"The Protect Children Project utilizes the First Amendment to protect public school students from being subjected to corporal punishment, solitary confinement, physical restraints, and the deprivation of bathroom access as these abusive practices violate our religious belief of bodily inviolability," according to the press release.

Alongside the announcement, the Temple also plans to erect a giant billboard along Route 199 in Springtown, Texas. Back in 2012, the town's school board decided to change its rules, rather than discipline a male teacher who broke school policy when he paddled two female students. Now male administrators in those schools can physically punish female students as long as there is another female faculty member present.

The proposed billboard for Springtown reads "Never be hit in school again. Exorcise your religious rights," alongside a giant pentagram and more information about the Protect Children Project.

"Hopefully, our billboard will serve as a daily reminder to the citizens there that they live in a barbaric backwater town where dysfunctional and possibly sexually disturbed middle-aged men may depravedly titillate themselves by violently spanking teenaged girls," Satanic Temple spokesperson Lucien Graves said in the church's statement

In its dogged pursuit of religious equality, the Satanic Temple has launched After School Satan Clubs in school districts that have after school Christian programs, which promote "a rationalist, scientific, non-superstitious worldview." It's also distributed Satanic coloring books in a Florida school district that allowed the distribution of Christian religious pamphlets.

https://www.vice.com/en_ca/article/the-satanic-temple-wants-to-save...

So yeah . . . I think that's all the weird I can handle today.

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At least in this particular school, where the billboard has been spotted, the parents opt in to the punishment; and even at this rate, I think the over all instances of this punishment being used is extremely low...

Again, the parents sign a waiver to allow for this punishment to be used on their child.

That's still weird.

Why is that?

You don't think it's weird to give a public servant the authority to hit your kids? Or to give some guy a blank cheque to smack your daughter's ass whenever he subjectively decides that she deserves it?

This type of punishment was the norm when my sister and I were in school and I received exactly one swat in all 13 years of my public school education, she received none.

I don't think everything has to be made a deviant act of sexual perversion... However, my wife and I have decided that we will be the ones to spank our kids when it's warranted.

I'm not sure their endorsement helps their cause. Might actually win more converts for their opponents. It's a little like Trump getting the KKK endorsement (or whatever whack-job endorsement he got). Probably better off shutting up ... or endorsing the other side.

Doesn't seem like a big enough problem to worry about anyway.

JB

Hm.  Identifying no-spank with Satanism should be an effective way to promote spanking.  This will help the billboard backers to demonise, hah, non Satanists as abusive monsters.  That is, more spankings and more self righteousness. What's not for Satan to like?

I'm pretty sure my school district would fire anybody who spanked a pupil.

Curious what our resident Satanist thinks of this.

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