The Satanic Temple to Place Ministers in Oklahoma Schools if SB 36 Becomes Law

KTUL - May 1, 2024 6:08 am

The Satanic Temple (TST) announced it plans to have Ministers in public schools across Oklahoma after the House passed Senate Bill 36.

The measure would allow volunteer chaplains in public schools, however, there are some strings attached.

Districts must conduct background checks, and cannot employ a chaplain who is a registered sex offender or convicted of a felony offense.

The chaplain can also be dismissed for mental or physical abuse to a child, negligent endangerment, or an act of moral turpitude.

If the bill passes through the Senate, it would take effect Nov. 1.

TST said it has expressed a dedication to religious plurality and community service.

“While we would prefer states to invest in professional counselors over unlicensed religious support for students, we are prepared to adapt to these legislative conditions,” said Rachel Chambliss, TST’s Executive Director of Operations. “We are committed to offering compassionate guidance to students who come to us so that we can help make positive changes in their lives by listening to their needs and providing support.”

Chambliss also said having TST Ministers in the state’s education system would help with equal religious representation.


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