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Originally posted by Merriman Weir
No real pagan content in this story and any debate as to whether this was a pentagram, a pentacle or even a pentatonic minor scale is pointless. The man was a unstable dick and it's very, very unlikely he has any pagan belief system. The point about 12-12-12 being a holy day backs this up. It was only a holy day in his head.
Honestly? He's probably a nutbag who has, over the years, seen too many lazy horror films that use this kind of symbol is pretty meaningless ways. It's like swastikas, over the years there's been fads of people using this to shock, without really subscribing to a Nazi ideology. Draw a pentagram or pentacle and the associations of the viewer basically write their own message.
Originally posted by Cuervo
But to clarify to any who might think that his beliefs are important and want to be able to label him as something, I can say that there aren't any observances of 12-12-12 by any of the major traditions beyond what the rest of you have for it which is "Oh look, it's 12-12-12. Cool." Many have chosen to to do works on that day but it is in no way largely thought of as a "holy" day for any major groups. This guy was either acting alone or acting on behalf of a twisted and fairly obscure group.