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Satanist Victory: PA School District Revises Dress Code to Permit Satanic Clothing

The effort was led by a local religious group, Satanic Delco


An independent Satanic organization convinced a Pennsylvania school district to remove the anti-satanic rule from its organization.

The founder of Satanic Delco, Joseph Rose, told WPVI that fellow Satanists with children in the Rose Tree Media School District pointed out the dress code prohibits any clothing or gear that are “satanic in nature.”

“The idea that a public school would allow religious expression in school, but choose to single out and prohibit the expression of one specific religion obviously seemed like a problem for us,” Rose said.

Rose spent several weeks calling and emailing Superintendent Eleanor DiMarino-Linnen.

“I’m simply asking for any direct mention of ‘Satanic’ to be removed,” Rose told Timcast via email. “It’s unfair and unconstitutional to single out and prohibit ONE specific religion. It’s all or none!”

“I wasn’t making a lot of progress,” he told the Patch. “I think sending the message I wasn’t going to stop made a difference.”

Then, the district announced it would change the language of its dress code.

“Although we have had no complaints or concerns brought forward by any student, parent, or resident we will remove this language from our current dress code information in the student handbook,” the district said in a statement.

Rose said that no one from the community has directly confronted him, but they have “expressed their displeasure on Facebook.”

“I’m glad the (Rose Tree Media School District) made the right choice, and I only hope it sends a message to other schools that freedom of expression has to be given equally,” Rose told USA TODAY.

He added that he supports the district’s ban on items that feature violence, sexually suggestive topics, substance use, and obscenities in a high school environment.

Rose has begun a similar effort involving the Garnet Valley School District. The district has a ban on clothing and gear with satanic or “cult-ish” imagery.

Rose’s organization, Satanic Delco, says it believes “that religion can, and should, be divorced from superstition” and does not “promote a belief in a personal Satan” nor does its members believe in the “existence of Satan or the supernatural.”

The group believes in the “7 Fundamental Tenets of The Satanic Temple” and runs several philanthropic efforts, including To Hell with Homelessness, Heathens Helping Hounds, and the Outsider Achievement Award, which gives $666 to a high school student who “embraces individualism, empathy, free-thought, and skepticism.”

Satanic Delco did not immediately respond to Timcast’s request for comment.

Editor’s Note: A previous version of this article did not include comments that Rose provided in an email interview with Timcast. 

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5 responses to “Satanist Victory: PA School District Revises Dress Code to Permit Satanic Clothing”

  1. Mythweaver says:

    Our freedoms have reasonable limitations where they would impede on another’s rights, such as freedom of speech being limited in cases of threat, harassment, or slander. Similarly with freedom of religion, all creeds may practice so long as they don’t impede on another’s rights. So you have to ask yourself, am I willing to allow my religion inside of public schools if it means my children will to be exposed to religions I do not approve of in that same public school? You don’t get to ban one unless you ban them all. To do anything else is to appoint yourself an infallible and incorruptable censor, which no man can be and is dangerous ground to tread.

  2. drspinaltap says:

    The freedoms we fight for are the freedoms to do good. Not EVIL. You do not have the freedom to practice an evil religion. This is why society has decayed to the point it has, we have tolerated and given space for evil in our society so it festers and grows and destroys everything it touches.

    It used to be society decided to kill people who chose to do this stuff. Now we celebrate it. Let me ask you this, which society is better? The God loving society that destroys evil? or the society that has no morals that embraces all things evil and eschews all that is good.

  3. NeverMetTheGuy says:

    One nation, under God.

    It’s tough because it’s apparently a religion but, like the other guy said, why would anybody want to back the other guy?

  4. JMac says:

    Imagine believing all of it – God, Satan, Heaven, Hell, and even having a book that tells you how it’s all going to end – and then choosing to go with the other guy.

  5. Almighty_Antichrist says:

    Blasphemy!