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Subject: Things that make me go... (long) Date: 9/14/2001 2:27 PM
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So I was helping my son w/his "Code of Behavior" homework. His school district is extremely proactive about appropriate behavior to the extent that he now understands the meaning of assault and battery. He is 11. I support this part of his education. With one exception:

The code of behavior specifically excludes occult symbols at school and in fact, lumps the occult w/cults.

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cult (klt)n.

1.A religion or religious sect generally considered to be extremist or false, with its followers often living in an unconventional manner under the guidance of an authoritarian, charismatic leader. The followers of such a religion or sect.
2.A system or community of religious worship and ritual.


ocĀ·cult (-klt, klt)adj.
1.Of, relating to, or dealing with supernatural influences, agencies, or phenomena.
2.Beyond the realm of human comprehension; inscrutable.

By these definitions, a crucifix is both a cult and an occult symbol. But I'll bet you money that my son would get into trouble if he wore a pentagram (5-pointed star) to school. But many of his teachers wear crosses with impunity.

My son is not pagan, nor is he christian. It doesn't bother me that his teachers are christian. It bothers me that people are so afraid of things they don't understand that they teach intolerance by accident.

ataxwitch
*pagan daughter of a Jew and an atheist, wife of a Catholic, mother of a ?
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