This poem is in response to a glorious article: A school in Portland, Oregon, has granted approval to a local Satanic Temple’s request to set up an after-school programme for pupils.
Children at Sacramento Elementary School, which educates pupils aged between 5 and 10, will have the opportunity to attend the Satanic club’s inaugural meeting on October 19.
Satanic Temple spokesman Finn Rezz told Oregon Live the club would focus on “on science and rational thinking,” promoting “benevolence and empathy for everybody” – while providing an alternative voice to the Bible-centred “Good News Club”.
“Across the nation, parents are concerned about encroachments by proselytizing evangelicals in their public schools, and are eager to establish the presence of a contrasting voice that helps children to understand that one doesn’t need to submit to superstition in order to be a good person.’ Apart from believing in Satan, that is.
Come right in..
There’s no need to be shy.
Here’s your new buddy, Uncle Nick
He’s here to tell you why
we need a new America
that’s rid of lies and stories
so we can tell it as it is;
just like those English Tories.
What is it, Myleen? What is wrong?
You’re scared of how he looks?
Is it his face? I know it’s red..
When weather’s hot he cooks!
Is it his hair? I know it’s strange, but..
Oh. You don’t like horns?
Well, listen Myleen, in this club,
We live in our own way..
whatever shape or shade we are..
it’s cool with us, ok?
Just because a guy has horns,
it doesn’t mean he’s bad.
Yes, I’m sure it’s what your parents said,
but you go tell your Dad,
That he is just plumb crazy
if he really does believe
in all that Good and Badness stuff.
We’ll teach you to be free!
His hands are small, I do agree,
But have you seen his claws?
They’re long and gold and sharp and cruel
They’ll teach you how to deal with life..
Much better than your school.
We’re on your side, you little guys,
We’ll see you get your due.
Just come and sit
by Uncle Nick
and he will see you through.