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ckets, emblazoned with rock logos (Motley Crue, Black Sabbath, and Ozzy Osbourne to name a few) their interest seems to be merely one of appearances, street image. On the other end of the scale is the "punks" who inhabit Robson Square. Outlandish multicolored hair and black (mostly leather) clothing. These individuals take their Satanism (and their anarchism) a bit more seriously. They are invariably equipped with: a) skateboards; b) liquor; and, c) felt pens. Some actually carry Anton LaVay's Satanic Bible around with them. They scrawl on the walls, drink like drains, and commit random acts of assault and/or mischief. All this gives the press and/or the Christian clergy something to rant about (it also seems to divert attention from TV ministry scandals....hmmm). Kind of a self-fulfilling prophesy. Now I am sure that none of this is news to you. You may well wonder what a police officer is doing writing about it. I can't really blame you because you (and some police officers) have probably developed a stereotyped image of me thanks to those same Hollywood producers. Sure, this situation gives me a great deal of work to do, but that's not the point. The point is you see, I am a Witch. Now I learned long ago that Hollywood tends to use the words "Satanist" and "Witch" interchangably. And it doesn't take much imagination to figure out what would happen in most police departments if one of their members was found to be a Wiccan. That member would, in short order, be placed in the same category as the aforementioned little crooks, previous police record not withstanding. Not a pleasant prospect. This hasn't deterred me, but all you Pagans out there could do me a big favour. Write to the movie producers and the news media and tell them to STOP using the name of our faith to describe Satanists, Devil Worshippers and crooks. Let's educate people to equate Wicca with goodness for a change. I don't expect it to reduce my work load, but it would do wonders for the job security department. In the meantime, I'll continue chasing these youthful Hollywood stereotypes and hope the Christian society appreciates what this Pagan policeman is doing for them. @pa Each issue of CultWatch Response is published by CultWatch Response, Inc., a non-profit Corporation established under the laws of the State of Colorado, under a Public Domain Copyright. This entitles any person or group of persons to reproduce, in any form whatsoever, any material contained therein, so long as articles are not condensed, abbreviated, nor excerpted in any fashion and credit is given the original author. In some instances, our articles may be re-published material that is already copyrighted. When this is the case, such articles will be clearly labeled and may not be republished without permission of the author, unless such re- publication includes the entirety of that issue of CultWatch Response.

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