A kid’s school bus is no place for a pentagram people. So says an outraged mid-South Christian mom, who claims her local school’s “pentagram buses” – evidently on the highway to Hell – are showcasing a very ungodly symbol. The outraged mom is speaking out over what she sees as a satanic symbol, illuminated every time a Durham School Services bus in Cordova, Tennessee stops at a traffic light. To her, the brake lights appear as a pentagram – a five-pointed star in a circle, also called a pentacle. Evidence that the Devil is, quite literally, in the details.
WMC Action News out of Memphis on Jan. 23 said the woman’s name was not released; her outspokenness over this seemingly non-issue has caused her to be the recipient of social media death threats, they say. The site writes: “She says Christians should be outraged that a symbol that looks like a pentagram would be allowed in the design of a vehicle used to transport children to public schools.” Other media sites have identified her as Robyn Wilkins, seen in the video above.
A sign from the devil? Occultists lurking about town? On social media, parents are taking up both sides of the debate – some calling it a deliberately concealed pagan message, others claiming a simple design oversight, while still others are mocking those who have an opinion either way.
“Anyone who fears a God, if not God and Jesus Christ, should be outraged,” Wilkins reportedly said. “If you can’t put a cross on there, you cannot put a pentagram on it. Would we allow a swastika to be put on the back of a bus?”
In ancient western symbolism, the pentagram was actually a Christian symbol that represented the five senses of the body; it also stood for the five piercing wounds of Christ when he was executed – nail holes in each wrist, each foot, and the soldier’s spear jabbed into his side. The pentagram later became synonymous with magic, and as a symbol carried various connotations – with different meanings depending on how the star was aligned.
The school bus brake light pentagram is the worst of the worst – an upside down pentagram. According to the book Transcendental Magic, its Doctrine and Ritual, the “reversed pentagram, with two points projecting upwards, is a symbol of evil and attracts sinister forces because it overturns the proper order of things and demonstrates the triumph of matter over spirit. It is the goat of lust attacking the heavens with its horns, a sign execrated by initiates.”
Yikes! And here we just thought it meant: Bus is stopping.
Adds KRON4: “The TV station talked with a local Wiccan who disputed the claim the pentagram had anything to do with Satan. ‘Find out what it really means before you start getting riled up and all worked up about something,’ Jo Applewhite said. ‘Wiccans, we believe in God, we believe in Jesus, but we don’t call him God.’”
The Shelby County School District, wisely, has thus far avoided any of the pentagram prattle, and has not commented on this story. We already have Mary in the lawn bathtub, Jesus making appearances in burnt toast. What’s next? King David in my Ikea entertainment center? The Son of Man looking out from Justin Bieber’s tatted-up leg? Wait, that’s a real sighting.
Sound off below: Any thoughts on the school bus pentagram?