Evil is real – a thought that escapes, eludes, or is wishfully rejected by many people, for a simple reason. If you understand that good and evil exist, that lives, nations, and humanity’s future are affected by this reality, you are compelled – if moral – to act. You must choose. With our culture in disarray, we now have an afterschool program in Virginia for children five and up – built around Satan, personification of evil, a “Satan Club“. The idea is horrific, an abomination.
Nationally, our leaders fail when they imagine evil does not exist, that it is perhaps just an invention of those who “cling to guns and bibles,” or that it is some kind of game, and that – in fact – all the world is good, just mildly deceived, a few clicks from being America.
Having spent time in dozens of countries – where evil comes in all shades and shapes, overt oppression to subversive misdirection, killing, stealing, rape, and wounding in the name of faith, revenge, envy, resentment, or simply validating life-distorting prejudices, evil exists.
Ironically, many think – because they would like to think – that evil can be ignored because well-wishers will overcome those intent on deception, dominance, power, murder, greed, and graft with hope, charity, song, and serendipity. Diplomatic fairy dust will put it all right. Wrong.
For those who think Iran’s signature on a sheet of paper, bought with billions of US tax dollars, will end nuclear threats; or that giving (let alone taking) money from China will end Communist expansion; or that buying oil from Communist Venezuela, accepting Communist Cuba, ignoring North Korea’s ICBM launches, pretending terrorism is just a fad – or that bad acts by any nation will go away on their own, if we are just more kind and accept them – I have news: Wrong.
Much of Western Europe in the 1930s thought a global war, one brutally ending tens of millions of innocent lives, was unthinkable. They permitted Nazi Fascist creep, as others underestimated the Soviet Communist creep. They appeased, averted their delicate gaze, imagined all governments and beliefs equally legitimate, and that indifference and neutrality were intelligent. Wrong.
Now we come to the emergence of a “Satan Club” for students five and up, a different kind of appeasement, aversion of gaze, delusion for inclusion, indoctrination and confusion to support cultural erosion, pretending all beliefs are legitimate – and that indifference is not evil.
Edmund Burke famously explained, and we need to hear it again, “All it takes for evil to prevail…is for good people to do nothing.” Ellie Wiesel, survivor of Nazi concentration camp, author and thinker of enormous depth, noted “Indifference…is the epitome of all evil.”
To be clear, this is where we are. Indifference to evil is evil; silence is complicity – the degradation of souls. Anyone who permits a child in America to be abused, deceived, miseducated, deluded, indoctrinated into evil – who allows a club promoting Satan – is guilty of misguiding a little soul, risking the loss of that soul, and is themselves complicit in evil.
One time, long ago, I debated an immoral promotor of drug abuse, indifferent to drug addiction, on national television. After they pushed fantasies, fallacies, and glib immorality, I offered a fact: You would sleep better if you expended all that energy – in saving just one child’s life. ON network television, the mic was silent for nearly ten seconds. The truth is powerful stuff.
Rather than a club dedicated to abusing children, glorifying Satan and evil, for that matter Nazism, Sovietism, Maoism, deception, denial, violence as peace – like George Orwell’s doublethink slogans, “slavery is freedom,” “war is peace,” “ignorance is strength” – how about we teach the power and emotional returns in “doing goodness?”
How about we support clubs offering lessons in how to help others, live by giving, integrate into our every life fortifying and elevating acts of simple kindness, generosity, decency, dignity, even nobility, premised on distinguishing good from evil, critical thinking, connectivity to your heart, empathy not ignorance, integrity not indifference, the power of sacrifice on behalf of others.
All this is worth saying, because the time is right for forming a different kind of club – in schools coast to coast, clubs that teach young people to love what is best in themselves, or as Abraham Lincoln said, follow their “better angels” and feel the power of good decisions, personal responsibility, modelling goodness, acting on it, living by it – with sky-high rewards.
Recently, I met a Congressional Medal of Honor winner. The handshake humbled me to my core. Such acts are goodness at its highest, loving others enough to risk all for the sake of saving another. St. Paul wrote there is no higher calling. Perhaps the time is right, rise of absurdity and evil reminding us what really matters. What really matters is using every second well, for the promotion of what is good, and to do that – we must remember what is good, and what is not.
May this nation never become indifferent, not fall into the deception of indulging ideas that knowingly hurt others, especially the young. When we do that, we lose what we have inherited, and our souls. May we grow strong by recommitting ourselves to what lifts others, teaching with new resolve the power of love not defilement, deception, and hate.
In short, we need more clubs that honor decency, dignity, unapologetic faith in the power of love, and doing good – teaching what evil looks like, that evil exists, and must be fought. What we do not need is more deception, degradation, depravity, and diminishment of young souls. We are better than that horrific idea, and we know it. And so, I suspect, do the people of Virginia.
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Interesting. Then I’m devoted to St Michael the Archangel. Now who wins this battle?
The deterioration of American society began in earnest in 1954.
“our leaders fail when they imagine evil does not exist” “Our” leaders are evil incarnated, so why should they oppose evil?
Democrats finally found a higher power to believe in.
” SATAN ” and All that he offers in the WORLD to them if ONLY ” THEY ”
Worship Him.they can ” LIVE ” as Royalty, High Above those that graffle at their Feet ..
Send these people to China and Muslim nations.
Very dangerous territory that is being treaded here.
Satan is alive and well, he will do and say anything to get you on his side. He is a created being and an adversary to all God loving and God fearing people.
Do not give him an inch because he is a prowling lion looking for prey.
Thank you Elaine. The Bible speaks of evil being present on earth. It also speaks of being wise as an owl and gentle as a dove. And satan uses things and people who are willing to be used. Don’t be willing. Believe and serve the Lord Jesus and God the Father with all of your heart.
Elaine, Can I Copy this and reprint it??
Just because we allow teachers in the class room, we don’t have to allow killers there. Just because we allow an organization that builds a person up, we don’t have to allow one that wants to destroy people.
If you don’t like after school Satan, then don’t go. Good v Evil is a simple concept, very often proffered by simpletons. It’s a simple black and white concept that appeals to their simple way of thinking. Complex concepts are anathema to the way that simpletons operate. This is not about good versus evil. This is about the school deciding to let religious organizations have access to the school after school. Jesus clubs insisted that they have access to the schools. And they received access to the schools. And ultra conservative Anton Scalia wrote the opinion. Simpletons bark about religious freedom until other religions want the same freedom the “good” religion is demanding. If you get to heaven, bring it up with Anton Scalia. In the meantime, if you’re going to permit a Jesus club, you have to permit a Satan club. You demanded religion in the public space. Now you got it. Deal with it.
You must be a smart simpleton Simon?
At least we know we’re your headed,when you get to hell, remember that simplton
If its just about “religion” let one of these kids babysit yours. But hide the sacrificial knives first…
Your screen name says it all…speaks volumes to your twisted way of thinking.
It doesn’t amaze me that this garbage exists with the filth with almost no morale’s that are in charge of our country and really are screwing AMERICANS.The powers that be are saying ME,ME,ME first,AMERICANS last and ANYTHING foreign,borders,enemies,china;iran misfit counties,that”joey mumbles”seems to think are more important than the citizens that made AMERICA great,absolutely not the bidens or most democRATS.
What is taking over in Virginia?!? Good people that fight back against the awful things are targeted by the White House. More Virginians as well as the rest of the country need to stand up and stop this! I would not allow my child to attend this school, and I would not work there either!
Spiritual warfare is is very evident in this country alone, the government corruption, greed, immorality, lack of values, lovers of themselves, etc…. We are living in the end times and is prophecized in the bible. This nation is the only light left in the world and is rapidly getting dimmer. We can’t change the inevitable but we can delay its action by turning back to God. Blow the dust off your Bible and read it!!! We can’t save this nation, too many godless people including our government but you can save yourself. Do it by accepting Jesus Christ as your savior, turn from your sinful nature, spread the gospel as Jesus instructed us to do!!!
This is a powerful and necessary declaration! The Lord says “woe to those who say evil is good and good is evil”. Jesus said that children are the greatest in God’s Kingdom. America’s children are under attack! The wicked Left prays on them! We must do everything we can to protect them! Voltaire stated that if you can get people to believe in absurdities, you can get them to perform atrocities! We are seeing this happen to children in America. We must “speak the truth in love” if we are going to protect them. Thank you for your brutal honesty! Great article!
It’s my understanding that the school allows the club because they allow a Bible Club on school premises. The Satan Club claims freedom of religion protected by the Constitution. I find the idea of this club repugnant but they find the Bible group repugnant. How do we fight this if both groups are protected? I really like the idea of a club that teaches and strengthens kids to identify their talents and fosters their growth and strengths.
I really like this article. We need to stand for right and fair and what is nice.Thinking it is someone else’s responsibility is wrong. We all need to do our part in pushing Satan back down.
To Robert B.Charles , Great article, very important information, sure enough the sort of writing that will help Good to triumph over evil. In the spirit of everything that encourages good character, good citizenship, respect for law and the will of God, respect for life and freedom . What you wrote I do believe will be one of the most important ways to enable victory over evil in the current ideological attack on the country being made by the forces of darkness , My favorite parable of Christ is the parable of the lamp , as I believe it conveys the message for people to do what is morally right
and be a good influence on others, to set a good example . Your article is in keeping with that idea. Courage !
Well-said and persuasive. Thank-you!
Conservatives made this happen. Jesus clubs demanded access to schools for after school programs. Anton Scalia insured that not just religious programs but all programs will have access to the school for after school programming, if the school decides to offer after school programming by independent third parties. Good News Club v. Milford Central School 533 U.S. 98. I’m going to guess that you’re probably in a constant state of outrage, but I think you’re going to be more outraged when you find out that satanic temple also gets funding from the federal government to offer community programs, pursuant to George HW Bush’s misguided office of funnel funds to religious organizations or whatever it’s called. All this is thanks to conservative leaders who think they can favor one religion over another, or the religious over the non-religious. If you get to have and take it up with Anton Scalia and George HW Bush.
You make GWHBush to be a saint/conservative? He was a freemason, set to destroy this country. He was justly executed for treason. His son GW will be next in line I’m sure.
Thank you, Robert Charles, for bringing to Light the evil permeating around us.
”In God we trust” we are “one Nation under God”. I know this offends some people, and I am sorry for those people, but God has truly always been the Foundation of this Nation.
There is an unbroken history of the role of religion, the role of God, in American life. The place of God in our nation has been acknowledged by uncountable numbers, in all three branches of government.
Lamentable that, primarily within the past 30 or 40 years, the role of God has seemed to diminish. Nonetheless, the Glory of God remains our base:
“Having undertaken, for the Glory of God and the advancement of the Christian Faith…” (Mayflower Compact, November 11, 1620)
America’s Founding Fathers, after appealing to the ‘Laws of Nature, and of Nature’s God’ to justify their separation from Great Britain, then declared: ‘We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness’. (July 4, 1776)
”God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the Gift of God. That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever.” (1781 by Thomas Jefferson)
Absolutely beautiful, captivating, and poignant. This is one of my favorite entries. President Thomas Jefferson was a wonderful writer. Excellent Quote. Thank You!
To Jeanine , You wrote a very good and very appropriate comment. The historical references put matters in the right perspective. In 2020 my opinion about the mask and so – called vaccine mandate was that the sort of coercion involved was the equivalent of a hijacking, and more people needed to at least remember what the Declaration of Independence was all about. And keep in mind the will of God in order to defend everything that needs to be defended. Faith, Courage!
Albert Einstein once said: The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil but because of the people who won’t do anything about it. Very true today.
This country is ,sadly, on a self destructive course. Over the last 2 years the good people have refused to speak out. I am especially appalled at the silence of the leaders of the major religions of this country. Those are the ones who are supposed to be sounding the alarm, instead their silence is deafening. Then their are the gov’t leaders who are more corrupt than any in our history. Too many of the people just don’t care. We need to wake up and recognize evil and corruption and the effect it is having on our country and it’s individual citizens. Yes folks , if things stay the same the end is near. We must be in contact with our civic and religious leaders to let them know how we feel.
I just wish Jan 6 had been better organized instead of turning into a disorganized flash mob.
God gave us America and we should not mock Him by letting it get away and turn against Him.
God bless America !
What happened on Jan 6th was a setup to distract us from the theft of the vote by the demonrats. We must be ready for 2024 for the theft and cheating will worse. PRAY THAT WE DO NOT FAIL THIS TIME!
To Merl, Your comment makes good sense. I agree with what you wrote about not enough of those who should have spoken out about the wrong things going on have spoken out. I reckon that could be called complicity in some circumstances, or just indifference ? It could be a lack of knowledge of American history, or a combination of things , You have the right spirit . Courage !
All too real. The ‘Invasion of the Body Snatchers.’ (Just like the 1956 film.) Horror/Science Fiction Film. Children & Adults literally stripped of their true identity. Mentally, Physically, Spiritually stripped of any unique identity. You can see it. Communism, Socialism, Marxism pounded into the innocent minds of our children. Television and institutions of all kinds permeated with Marxist Woke Propaganda. Ready to swallow us up like an Boa Constrictor. Swallow us whole; then, spit out our gonads, brains, and soul!… God Help These United States of America!.