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.

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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.

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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.

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