‘After School Satan Club’ Received Fast-Tracked Tax-Exempt Status from IRS

From: breitbart.com,  by Dr. Susan Berry,  on Mar 16, 2017

Documents obtained by Judicial Watch show the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) fast-tracked tax-exempt status for an “After School Satan Club” in Tacoma, Washington, while the federal agency was discovered to be either denying conservative and Christian groups the same status or making them wait for years.

According to the watchdog group that uncovered the IRS scandal during the Obama administration, the After School Satan Club at Point Defiance Elementary in Tacoma applied for its tax-exempt status designation on October 21, 2014, and received it only 10 days later on October 31, 2014.

Breitbart News reported in October of 2016 the announcement by the Satanic Temple of Seattle for its proposal of the After School Satan Club in the Point Defiance Elementary school.

“After School Satan Clubs will focus on free inquiry, rationalism, science, and character building,” the temple’s website says, and continues:

All After School Satan Clubs are based upon a uniform syllabus that emphasizes a scientific, rationalist, non-superstitious world view.

While the twisted Evangelical teachings of The Good News Clubs “robs children of the innocence and enjoyment of childhood, replacing them with a negative self image, preoccupation with sin, fear of Hell, and aversion to critical thinking,” After School Satan Clubs incorporate games, projects, and thinking exercises that help children understand how we know what we know about our world and our universe.

Judicial Watch reports Reason Alliance, based in Somerville, Massachusetts, operates as the Satanic Temple of Seattle with Lilith X. Starr as the director.

The group’s documents show the parent permission form used for children to join the club “asks for the name of the child’s church and pastor.” Records also indicate that Starr told Carla Santorno, superintendent of the Tacoma school district, that After School Satan Clubs are led by “caring Satanists.”

In October of 2015, the Obama Department of Justice announced that Lois Lerner and other IRS officials involved in the targeting of conservative groups’ tax-exempt applications would not have criminal charges filed against them.

“Our investigation uncovered substantial evidence of mismanagement, poor judgment, and institutional inertia, leading to the belief by many tax-exempt applicants that the IRS targeted them based on their political viewpoints,” Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs Peter J. Kadzik wrote in a letter to House Judiciary officials.

“But poor management is not a crime,” Kadzik continued. “We found no evidence that any IRS official acted on political, discriminatory, corrupt, or other inappropriate motives that would support a criminal prosecution.”


Apparently, the devil made them do it. Why else would our IRS intentionally refuse to grant tax-favored status to Christian, tea party, and conservative groups? Some were never approved, many were slow-tracked for years by Obama’s IRS. This was done to deter fund-raising since tax-free contributions are a primary source of income for these groups. 

Just this past week, the IRS revealed that it had found nearly 7,000 documents potentially related to the targeting of tea party groups. Yes, the agency that has stonewalled Congress for four years, lost computers and hard drives and tens of thousands of emails, just discovered 6,924 documents in response to an ongoing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request from Judicial Watch.

Under the Obama administration, IRS political appointees illegally targeted conservative groups, either making them wait up to seven years for tax-exempt status or denying their application altogether. Judicial Watch uncovered that scandal and has obtained piles of government records showing how the IRS illegally colluded with another federal agency to single out groups with conservative-sounding terms such as patriot and Tea Party in their titles when applying for tax-exempt status.

And yet, an afterschool satanic club for elementary school children got fast tracked and received its approval in TEN DAYS.

Note that the approval occurred in October of 2014 while Obama was still in office.

I might have started my commentary with “Obama made them do it” instead of “the devil made them do it,” but we all know who made them do it.



Categories: Political


3 replies

  1. “…the devil made them do it.”

    Good one, Garnet!

    Well we all knew the IRS DID target conservatives and that Obama’s justice department’s investigation was scam and a lie like everything else under the Obama Administration. How can “institutional inertia” explain the routine stonewalling of conservative applications when a silly group like “After School Satan Club” gets fast tracked? But Americans and their short memories have moved on. The lefties know there’s only so much righteous outrage to go around so they just make sure to overwhelm us.

    On a side note, one could do an entirely separate post on this silly club’s sanctimonious remarks about Evangelical teachings “rob[bing] children of the innocence and enjoyment of childhood, replacing them with a negative self image, preoccupation with sin, fear of Hell, and aversion to critical thinking.” The absence of self-awareness is stunning. It is liberals who devote themselves to sexualizing children, yet they point the finger at religion for robbing them of their innocence. Teaching children to be kind, unselfish and yes, chaste (oh dear heaven!) equates to saddling them with a pre-occupation with sin and fear of Hell. I guess we should aspire to the liberal model which teaches children to fear the end of the world from “climate change” and encourages the shunning/shaming of anyone who dares to not agree.


  2. It’s hard to say what’s more disturbing in this story – the idea that a club who purports to have upstanding goals calls themselves Satanists and recruits young children, or the IRS’ easier acceptance of such a group as tax-exempt over a tea party type political group.

    Then throw in the fact that the AG’s office couldn’t find even one smidgen of corruption in the IRS. Why? Because the AG’s office is just as corrupt as the IRS and they ignored such evidence as fried hard drives and fifth amendment pleas.

    So many swamps, so little time.


    • Agreed, both aspects are troubling. Trump ought to fire Comey and Koskinen at the least to make an example for the rest of the agency to see that Obama’s activities will NOT be tolerated. Of course, that’s assuming the Trump will actually be trying to drain the swamp.


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