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calendar   Sunday - October 31, 2010

Police given advice on witches and pagans.

Came across this and had to check and see if it was April 1st.

I think it’s real.  Looks dumb but then hey.  As the wife asks every time I question things like this. “ And you’re in what country?”
Oh right.  So I’ll take it that it isn’t a joke.

Closing shortly but couldn’t leave and not post this and the following one as well.

Police given advice on witches and pagans

Police officers will be in a strong position to handle witchcraft-related incidents after receiving official advice on dealing with pagans and witches as part of a 300-page diversity handbook.

By David Barrett, Home Affairs Correspondent

It is Hallowe’en and the witching hour is drawing nearer, but don’t be alarmed – police officers are on the case, having been issued with official guidance on how to deal with witches.

The advice is contained in a 300-page “diversity handbook” which gives officers a range of “dos and don’ts” when approaching followers of a range of religions and other beliefs, from atheism to Zoroastrianism.

The online handbook also advises officers not to jump to conclusions if they encounter a situation where a blindfolded, naked person is tied by their hands – they could merely have stumbled upon a pagan ritual, where such activities are normal practice.

“Witches have a Book of Shadows, which contains a handwritten record or diary of their personal progress as a witch,” says the guide.

“Often the books have ornate covers, some have the title Book of Shadows on the cover, some don’t.

“Any book can be used, but this book is regarded as private and special and should not be touched by anyone but the author. If it is possible to avoid touching this book then it is best to do so.”

The guide, drawn up by the Metropolitan Police, Britain’s largest police force, warns against interrupting a pagan ceremony.

In nine pages relating to atheists, the handbook gives advice on places of worship, Holy texts and prayer, stating: “There are no designated places of worship.

“There are no prescribed texts. Atheists have no prayers.”

It adds: “Atheists have no dietary requirements other than those of the individual.”

It also gives officers a handy guide to key atheist philosophers, and famous agnostic thinkers such as Bertrand Russell, Robert G. Ingersoll and Thomas Henry Huxley.

It warns: “Be aware that Atheists might feel offended by an assumption of faith,” it warns.

As well as religions and beliefs, the book gives officers advice on dealing with teenagers, including a guide on “teen speak”, to allow officers to communicate with younger members of the population.

BOO the rest here

I think I should explain why I think it isn’t a joke and is for real. 
It’s cos they take this diversity and multi-culture crap so seriously here, that I’m willing to believe almost anything. I guess it’s good for a grin at least.


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 10/31/2010 at 12:02 PM   
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