ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The U.S. Naval Academy is providing a room on campus for midshipmen interested in The Satanic Temple to discuss the group.
Cmdr. Alana Garas, an academy spokeswoman, said Thursday the group has been provided a space to meet after a request was made by midshipmen.READ MORE: ‘Tremendous Loss’ Violence Prevention Worker Killed In East Baltimore Mass Shooting
An internal email was sent Oct. 8 to all midshipmen to announce the start of “satanic services.” However, Garas says the email was sent without approval of the Naval Academy’s Command Chaplain, as required.READ MORE: Weather Whiplash: Winter Weather Still Threatens Road Conditions
Garas says the academy’s Command Religious Program facilitates the exercise of diverse beliefs.
The Satanic Temple calls itself a nontheistic organization that aims to “encourage benevolence and empathy among all people.” The organization also says it rejects tyrannical authority and advocates for common sense and justice.MORE NEWS: Cycle Of Crime In Baltimore Highlights BPD Shortcomings, Judge Says
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