FORT WAYNE, Ind. — The school district for a 4th grade teacher who REAL News Michiana discovered owns and operates a statewide Satanic temple, responded to RNM’s requests for comments by defending the teacher’s association with Satanism.
“We do not ask our teachers, or any employees, about their religious beliefs.” An email from Southwest Allen County Schools’ Director of Human Resources, read. “Per our School Board Policy, ‘The Board of Education of SACS believes that all persons ought to be free to follow their own religious beliefs, without government interference, according to the dictates of their own consciences and in accordance with law.’ As a public school corporation, our teachers are expected to teach the approved curriculum and they are not to impose their personal beliefs onto their students.”
According to Indiana Secretary of State records, Jessica Klikas is the owner of The Satanic Temple Indiana, also known as Porta Infernum (Latin for Gate of Hell) LLC. Klikas is currently a 4th grade teacher at Haverhill Elementary School, according to a staff directory for the Southwest Allen County Schools’ district website.
RNM has discovered several openly pro-Satan posts on Klikas’ social media. Below are a couple of examples from her Twitter account, that have since been deleted. Klikas has also changed the privacy settings on her Facebook account to prevent anyone from seeing her previous public posts.
Photos of Klikas have also been scrubbed from The Satanic Temple Indiana’s Instagram page. RNM took screenshots of those prior to their removal.
Klikas and The Satanic Temple Indiana appear to have a strong relationship with a non-profit based out of Elkhart County called Northern Indiana Atheists. REAL News Michiana recently ran a story about a fundraiser the NIA held for The Satanic Temple Indiana called “Menstruatin’ with Satan.” The Satanic Temple Indiana also has the NIA featured in an article on their website.
The NIA has also promoted Satan and The Satanic Temple in other ways. This year, the NIA set up a Satanic Holiday Display in the lobby of the County-City building in Downtown South Bend.
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