IRS granted Satanic cult be exempt from taxes within 10 days, report says

After School, Satan logo.

(The Satanic Temple)

While some conservative groups may wait a year exempt from taxes, the IRS quickly gave approval to a Satanic sect that sponsored “After School Satan Club,” according to records obtained by a watchdog group.

Documents published by the conservative government watchdog group Judicial Watch late last week show the non-profit called Reason Alliance, based in Somerville, Mass., operates in the state of Washington as the Satanic Temple of Seattle.

The group seemed to have of the purpose of the creation of Satan clubs in the public schools in Washington, in districts that had a similar clubs operated by a Christian group. Documents obtained by Judicial Watch included the process of setting up an after-school Satan club at the Point Defiance elementary School in Tacoma.


Records obtained from the Ministry of finance showed that the Satanic cult applied for tax-exempt status on Oct. 21, 2014, and received on Oct. 31, 2014.

The director of the Seattle temple, Lilith X. Starr, the Point Defiance Elementary Satanic club with the purpose of “the development of the characters,” records obtained by Judicial Watch, adding that adult instructors are approved by the Satanic Temple’s Executive Ministry.”


Children in the age group 5-12 who participate in the club would develop basic critical reasoning, character traits, problem solving and creative expression, according to the Satanic Temple declarations contained in the documents.

The records also show that Starr told the Tacoma School District, Director Carla Santorno that the clubs are led by ‘ make Satanists,” and that the effort to establish after-school Satan clubs in Tacoma schools is in direct response to the Christian Good News Clubs are active in campuses in the district. That admission kindled concern among some Tacoma district officials, records obtained by Judicial Watch.

In an e-mail exchange in February 2017, Tacoma Schools official Andrea O’brien-Henley sends colleague Paul Koch is a quote from the Satanic Temple website, noting that the temple wants only to establish after-school Satan clubs in school districts with Christian Good News of the Clubs.

O’brien Henley says that it is “weird” the Satanic Temple is only intended for schools that have Good News from the Clubs.

In a separate e-mail exchange of February, the executive director of communications for the Tacoma School District, Voelpel, expressed concern about colleagues that people would confuse the school district, the message of tolerance in the direction of the Satan Club with tolerance in the direction of the alleged “hate-related activities in the country in the aftermath of the presidential elections.”

The principal of the Point Defiance elementary School, revealed in the documents that two weeks after the Satan Club launched, no one had signed up for it.

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