The Satanic Temple is fighting child abuse in America’s public schools. Tens of thousands of children are placed in solitary confinement or subjected to physical restraints as punishment, and countless others are deprived bathroom access. Corporal punishment is legal in 19 states and over 110,000 children are legally hit in school each year with many of those beaten so badly that they require hospitalization.
TST’s Protect Children Project utilizes the First Amendment to protect public school students who share our sincerely held beliefs of bodily inviolability from these abuses. When a student registers, we notify their school board that harming that student would violate their civil rights.
We are putting the worst school districts on notice by posting billboards near their schools announcing that students no longer have to be subjected to their sadistic practices. The billboards also broadcast to the rest of the world how sickeningly shameful these schools are.
Springtown, Texas was chosen as the site for our first billboard not only because they routinely hit students, but because the district took no punitive action against a male vice principal after he beat two female students despite the school having a policy that prohibits male administrators from hitting female students. Rather than arrest or, at the very least, fire the vice principal, Superintendent Mike Kelley successfully lobbied the school board to change the rules retroactively to allow male faculty to spank teenage girls.
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HUGS AND KISSES FOR SATAN
This Valentine’s Day, The Satanic Temple is hosting a fundraising drive, “Hugs and Kisses for Satan,” to support our Reproductive Rights lawsuits against the State of Missouri over mandatory waiting periods and mandatory reading materials which claim that life begins at conception. TST objects to these requirements on religious grounds because they violate our belief in the inviolability of one’s body. (www.religiousreproductiverights.com)
If you would like to participate, simply get sponsors who will contribute for every hug or kiss you receive on Valentine’s Day. Download Pledge and Contact Sheets as well as the XO Card (you can print as many pages as you need). Find people who will sponsor you and fill out their info on the Pledge Sheet. On Valentine’s Day, solicit hugs and kisses using the XO Card and ask the people who hug or kiss you to write their initials on the Contact Sheet.
After Valentine’s Day, collect contributions from your sponsors based on the number of hugs and kisses you received. Contributions and contact sheet should be forwarded to TST either by mail or by PayPal preferably by February 28th. Prizes will be awarded to the person who raises the most money, receives the most hugs, and receives the most kisses.
Please note that TST believes religious organizations should be taxed, so contributions are not tax deductible. Questions regarding the event can be emailed to us at email@example.com.
Obtain sponsors prior to February 14th and record each sponsor’s name and contact information as well as how much they wish to pledge per hug or kiss. Sponsors can cap how much they give. For example, if they are willing to pledge $1 per hug or kiss and provide a maximum pledge of $20, then this would be the pledge limit even if more than 20 people hug or kiss you. After Valentine’s Day, collect money from your sponsors and write down on the PLEDGE SHEET how much you received from each person. TST will award prizes for the person who receives the most hugs, the person who receives the most kisses, and the person who raises the most money.
Collected monies should be sent to TST either via paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org or via mail using check or money order to TST 64 Bridge Street Salem, MA 01970. To be eligible for prizes, be sure to send in your donations by February 28th and be sure to include your CONTACT SHEET.
Feel free to print extra sheets as needed.
Be polite and respectful at all times. As participant, you are asking another person to hug or kiss you, which is designed to assure that contact is consensual. If a person shows no interest; move on immediately. Persistent requests are a form of harassment. You might want to present a person you approach with a Satanic Valentine’s XO card as means to courteously explain the event.
People who hug or kiss you should provide their initials on the CONTACT SHEET.