Friday, August 18, 2006

Symbols In Society And School

I was at the Jasper County Courthouse this week, talking with Jasper County Sheriff Archie Dunn when I noticed his badge.

It is a five-pointed star within a circle. An ancient symbol of protection also known as a pentagram.

The symbol is well suited to the law-enforcement community since it has long been used as a symbol of protection, but the symbol has also been associated with the ancient Greeks, those of pagan faiths, Freemasons and even early Christians who used the pentagram to represent the five wounds of Jesus.

So I thought it was somewhat ironic when I remembered that the five pointed star within a circle is among the symbols now specifically banned from Carthage Junior High School. Full Story

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