ckets, emblazoned with rock logos (Motley Crue, Black Sabbath, and Ozzy Osbourne to name a
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
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
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
In the meantime, I'll continue chasing these youthful Hollywood stereotypes
and hope the Christian society appreciates what this Pagan policeman is doing
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