A Christian mom in Cordova, Tennessee is furious after she saw a pentagram within the red brake lights on the back of a school bus. She says that the pattern of bulbs in the brake lights looks just like an upside down, five-pointed star, which when enclosed by a circle — as she claims it almost is in the brake lights — could be considered a “satanic” pentagram.
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“Anyone who fears a God, if not God and Jesus Christ, should be outraged,” Robyn Wilkins told WMC Action News Channel 5. She says she wants all of the pentagram-like school bus lights to be replaced. She says that since some religions consider the pentagram a sacred symbol, it should never have been placed on a public school bus.
“If you can’t put a cross on there, you cannot put a pentagram on it.”
The pentagram-like images were seen on a bus belonging to the Shelby County School District, Channel 5 reported. The district has declined to comment on the claims of the pentagrams on the back of the school bus.
“On social media, parents are arguing both sides of the debate,” a KSN News report stated. “Some say the brake lights are a subliminal pagan message, while others say it’s just an unintentional design.”
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Wilkins reminded the news that Walgreens recently removed wrapping paper from store shelves that some shoppers felt included swastikas hidden within the design. Wilkins says this is a similar thing, and the lights need to be removed.
“Would we allow a Swastika, for instance, to be on the back of the bus?”
— Frances Parker (@francesetparker) January 18, 2015
Still, the pentagram has historically been used by non-satanic groups as well – including those who practice Wicca and members of the Order of the Eastern Star, which is a fraternal organization associated with Freemasonry and based on biblical teachings. For people in the Order of the Eastern Star, the pentagram emblem historically represented biblical figures. When it was adopted, the five points represented Adah from the Book of Judges, Ruth, Esther, Martha from the Gospel of John, and Electa from the Second Epistle of John.
As it turns out, the Christian mom from Tennessee wasn’t the first one to discover the pentagram on the back of a school bus and talk about it on social media.
— Dewey Nelson (@TheDeweyNelson) November 7, 2014