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Article ID: 4721
Age Group: Adult
Posted: September 30th. 2002
Spiritual Counterfeits 
by Kerr Cuhulain
I had two major concerns about this "project". The first was that it was being mailed out to CCIN Inc. supporters exclusively and thus was hardly canvassing a representative cross section of law enforcement personnel. One would expect the replies to be supportive of Satanic Conspiracy beliefs held by the majority of CCIN Inc's subscribers under these circumstances. The second concern was that it appears that the authors of this study have already concluded a number of things even before this study is done. They have stated clearly that they think that "occult activity" promotes "criminality and deviance" and that they consider Christianity to be the standard for normalcy. They also obviously feel that Satanism is the cause of criminal activity rather than the symptom of some criminal activity. This study doesn't sound very objective, does it?
There are organizations out there trying to dictate what schools ought to be teaching our children too. One such organization is Citizens For Quality Education in Coeur D'Alene, ID. This organization distributed a package entitled "Excerpts From Impressions Series" and subtitled "Overview of Objectionable Themes in the Impressions Series." This series was a teaching program in use in Idaho Schools. Citizens for Quality Education opens by stating in this package that "not everything in the Impressions Series is objectionable. In the main, the material and illustrations are well done... But there are themes, clearly woven throughout the entire curriculum, which could be detrimental to the development of a healthy personality in children."
There are five pages of excerpts included in this package. Most are poems or prose about monsters, mutilations and violence that certainly do appear objectionable, at least in the manner in which they are presented by Citizens For Quality Education. Others, however, raise concerns on my part. For example, Citizens For Quality Education lists the following things that they object to:
- "3rd grade teacher anthology, pg. 16, "Zini and the Witches" "He lifted a curtain to look in a third dark place, and he saw -it isn't easy to say what he saw. There were bodies and bones, and all sorts of horrors. So then Zini knew his wife was a witch. I will spare your life on one condition. Bring me the hearts of your mother and sister and you shall live. This will turn you into a mighty witch and you shall help your wife to work evil."
- "5th grade teacher anthology, pg. 24, "The Little Mermaid": The story refers to a witch who cuts off the mermaids tongue, the witch scratches her breast and lets her black blood drip onto the cauldron, and she makes a potion from it."
Now both of these examples describe stereotypical "evil witch" image created by the Inquisitors, and as such do not represent Wiccans as they really are. But as you will see in a moment, Citizens for Quality Education obviously believe that these descriptions of Witches are real.
On the more positive side there are some activities outlined in the list of excerpts that seem fairly innocuous, such a spell casting to cure the world's ills, candle magic, visualization and making good luck charms. There is also a rather nice poem entitled "Sorcerer, Sorcerer":
"SORCERER, SORCERER, WHAT DO YOU BREW?
SWEET, SWEET, HONEY FIELD DEW.
SORCERER, SORCERER, WHO IS IT FOR?
BOYS, GIRLS, A DOZEN OR MORE.
SORCERER, SORCERER, GIVE SOME TO ME!
DRINK, DRINK, AND MAGIC YOU'LL SEE.
SORCERER, SORCERER, WHAT WILL IT DO?
WISH, WISH, AND IT WILL COME TRUE."
Remember how I said that Citizens for Quality Education believed in the stereotypical images of "witches" in the examples above? Now look at the conclusions that they draw from these excerpts:
- "The Impressions Series propagates WICCAN religion. Wicca is an official religion in the United States and has been recognized as such in the courts at all levels, both state and federal. Wiccan religion is practised by witches and warlocks. Their rituals include spellcasting, incantations, seances, animal sacrifices."
- "There is a disproportionate emphasis on the Halloween theme by comparison to other holidays such as Valentine's Day, Thanksgiving Day, Mother's Day, Memorial Day, Christmas. The Halloween theme dominates the curricula from the 1st of October through the end of November..."
- "The Impressions Series curriculum appears to be absolutely, amoral. That is, nothing is good or bad in and of itself. This could be heralded as "objective", but it also undermines the sense of moral and ethical absolutes in the formation of a child's value system. It can be called an indoctrination in "relativism". This is a tenant (sic) of Religious Humanism and is objectionable to many from other religious persuasions."
- "A responsible decision relative to the content of all curriculum would have involved the choice of books that build character rather than books that propagate occult religious rituals...books that are compulsory ought to be in keeping with traditional American values and refrain from PROPAGATING RELIGION (especially the evil of occult religion)[emphasis in original".
While it is true that the courts at all levels have recognized Wicca in the United States, it is certainly not true that the Impressions series "propagates Wiccan religion". If anything it is perpetuating the objectionable stereotypes about Witches that frustrate Wiccans everywhere. Note the objection to "religious humanism" in point three. They say that it is objectionable to "other religious persuasions", but it is obvious from this that this "other persuasion" is fundamentalist Christianity. Suddenly "the occult" has become a religion. They finish with the following paragraph:
"Is This a Witch Hunt? No! No one had to hunt for it. This is blatant promotion of WICCAN religion. No one is after the 'witch', but the compulsory teaching of her doctrines and rituals in our public schools in unacceptable!"
If this material was an attempt by Wiccans to indoctrinate children into their religion, I could understand the concern of Citizens For Quality Education. Obviously it is not. Just as obviously, Citizens For Quality Education has bought into the negative stereotypical image of Witches portrayed by those propagating the Satanic Conspiracy myth and are misidentifying this material as Wiccan. Contrary to their disclaimer, a "witch hunt" is exactly what this is, since this material has nothing to do with Wicca. In fact, some of it portrays a very negative image of us to which Wiccans would object. If what Citizen's For Quality Education was saying was true, Wiccans would probably support this organization to the extent of agreeing that it is inappropriate to use schools to indoctrinate children into any religion.
It is interesting to note that this organization emphasizes "traditional American values", a phrase often used as a synonym for "traditional Christian values." I also note that they report that you can pick up copies of their information package at either the Citizens for Quality Education office or at the Church of the Nazarene in Coeur D'Alene. Perhaps a better title for this organization would be Citizens For Christian Indoctrination.
There is very little cause for concern on the part of educators concerning children practising Satanism in schools. I highly recommend the Apr-May 1990 issue of "School Intervention Report" on the subject of this issue is "Satanism in Schools."(50) It is a very objective and well balanced report. It puts to rest the myths of an international multi-generational Satanic conspiracy and calls for level headed treatment of this issue.
Now you have seen several common variations on the theme of researching "spiritual counterfeits." As I continue this series we will examine other organizations that disseminate misinformation on "occultic practises."
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Bio: Kerr Cuhulain the author of this article, is known to the mundane world as Detective Constable Charles Ennis. Ennis, a former child abuse investigator, is the author of several articles on child abuse investigation that appeared in Law & Order Magazine. Better known to the Pagan community by his Wiccan name, Kerr Cuhulain, Ennis was the first Wiccan police officer to go public about his beliefs 28 years ago. Kerr is now the Preceptor General of Officers of Avalon. Kerr went on to write four books: The Law Enforcement Guide to Wicca (Horned Owl Publishing), Wiccan Warrior and Full Contact Magick: A Book of Shadows for the Wiccan Warrior. (Llewellyn Publications), as well as a book based on this series: Witch Hunts: Out of the Broom Closet (Spiral Publishing).
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