Rainbow Mountain celebrates autumnal equinox

On Monday, Rainbow Mountain Children's School celebrated the first day of fall in a school-wide gathering that honored the school community, the equinox's balance of light and dark, and fall's preparations for ... Full Story
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local and fed up

Lincolnton, NC

#1 Sep 25, 2007
These poor children. They have no choice in the matter.

I guess they all wear purple and practice casting spells and have sacrificial ceremonies, too.

They may no realize it but these adults have some serious blood on their hands.
Harry Potter

Asheville, NC

#2 Sep 25, 2007
Training camp for witches starts early.
Wonder what they get to do at Halloween?
Mr Innappropriate

United States

#3 Sep 25, 2007
local and fed up wrote:
These poor children. They have no choice in the matter.
I guess they all wear purple and practice casting spells and have sacrificial ceremonies, too.
They may no realize it but these adults have some serious blood on their hands.
Did your parents give you a choice when they dragged you to church as a young child? You want to talk about blood on their hands? What about all those poor Jewish kids that have to deal with the effects of Passover on their young psyches. Let's face it, thousands of innocent first born children were killed by god simply because they were Egyptian and now Jewish parents force their children to celebrate this slaughter every year.

I don't know how they can live with themselves.
Pointer

Asheville, NC

#4 Sep 25, 2007
Mr Innappropriate wrote:
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Did your parents give you a choice when they dragged you to church as a young child? You want to talk about blood on their hands? What about all those poor Jewish kids that have to deal with the effects of Passover on their young psyches. Let's face it, thousands of innocent first born children were killed by god simply because they were Egyptian and now Jewish parents force their children to celebrate this slaughter every year.
I don't know how they can live with themselves.
Thank you for clarifying that the perspective of these dirt worshipers is to be in opposition to God, and to try to stand in judgment of God.

Since: Feb 07

Asheville

#5 Sep 25, 2007
local and fed up wrote:
These poor children. They have no choice in the matter.
I guess they all wear purple and practice casting spells and have sacrificial ceremonies, too.
They may no realize it but these adults have some serious blood on their hands.
Purple? I thought it was black t-shirts with Heavy Metal band logos that was the symbol of evil for some folks, that along with backward masking. I guess purple is the new black...somebody better notify the fashion gurus...
Jennifer Maurer

Maiden, NC

#7 Sep 27, 2007
It is interesting how many uneducated assumptions have been made in many of the preceding comments.

The equinox is a physical event that happens only twice a year when the sun crosses the equator and day and night everywhere on earth are approximately of equal length.

The celebration was intended to connect children to the natural rhythms of the fall season and the school community. It is not a religious ritual of any denominationóChristian, pagan or otherwise.

The school is indeed a peaceful place where children and families of all spiritual, ethnic and political persuasions are respectfully welcome. It is also a dynamic educational environment where children are taught to think for themselves and to discover their own unique truths and gifts.
local and fed up

Weaverville, NC

#8 Oct 3, 2007
Jennifer Maurer wrote:
It is interesting how many uneducated assumptions have been made in many of the preceding comments.
The equinox is a physical event that happens only twice a year when the sun crosses the equator and day and night everywhere on earth are approximately of equal length.
The celebration was intended to connect children to the natural rhythms of the fall season and the school community. It is not a religious ritual of any denominationóChristian, pagan or otherwise.
The school is indeed a peaceful place where children and families of all spiritual, ethnic and political persuasions are respectfully welcome. It is also a dynamic educational environment where children are taught to think for themselves and to discover their own unique truths and gifts.
Being concerned with "the natural rythms of the earth" IS paganism, darlin'. Wake up before you end up being concerned with the natural rythm of eternal separation from God.
lokel

Weaverville, NC

#9 Oct 3, 2007
local and fed up wrote:
These poor children. They have no choice in the matter.
I guess they all wear purple and practice casting spells and have sacrificial ceremonies, too.
They may no realize it but these adults have some serious blood on their hands.
How is this behavior considered by you to be unusual, any different from the kids at Carolina Day School who dressed up like Monarch Butterflies and "migrated" across the playground?
Just because the school is alternative doesn't mean that the teaching methods are suspect.
Observer

Morganton, NC

#10 Oct 3, 2007
Harry Potter wrote:
Training camp for witches starts early.
Wonder what they get to do at Halloween?
In some government screwls, Halloween celebration has been banned due to offending mooslim students.
Christian at RMCS

Maiden, NC

#11 Oct 26, 2007
local and fed up wrote:
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Being concerned with "the natural rythms of the earth" IS paganism, darlin'. Wake up before you end up being concerned with the natural rythm of eternal separation from God.
So what you are saying is that, though you have never attended an equinox ceremony, you know first hand what happens at these events.
Well "darlin'", I'm a Christian who sends his kids to RMCS. And I can tell you that there is more "Christian" ethics being taught at the school than in the public system. Tolerance and respect, love for God's earth and humility.
The Equinox ceremony was simply a celebration of the turning of the seasons. By the way... Easter was originally a Pagan celebration (yet another equinox celebration).
Modern-day Easter is derived from two ancient traditions: one Judeo-Christian and the other Pagan. Both Christians and Pagans have celebrated death and resurrection themes following the Spring Equinox for millennia. Most religious historians believe that many elements of the Christian observance of Easter were derived from earlier Pagan celebrations.
The equinox occurs each year on March 20, 21 or 22. Both Neopagans and Christians continue to celebrate religious rituals linked to the equinox in the present day. Wiccans and other Neopagans usually hold their celebrations on the day or eve of the equinox. Western Christians wait until the Sunday on or after the next full moon. The Eastern Orthodox churches follow a different calculation; their celebration is often many weeks after the date selected by the Western churches.

Since: Feb 07

Asheville

#12 Oct 26, 2007
local and fed up wrote:
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Being concerned with "the natural rythms of the earth" IS paganism, darlin'. Wake up before you end up being concerned with the natural rythm of eternal separation from God.
If God created the Earth and those natural rhythyms, how can it be paganism...

Since: Feb 07

Asheville

#14 Oct 26, 2007
BuncCyBapt wrote:
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Can't agrue with a woman that loves the furry little satin pocket better than me.
...nope, that made no sense at all.
rickm

United States

#15 Oct 27, 2007
My daughter went there, it's not a training center for witches. It's a school that produces some really bright kids. The kids don't have to worry about having religion/politics/etc jammed down their throats. If anything the kids learn to respect their environment and surroundings.

They're kids, leave them alone.
Kate

Hickory, NC

#16 May 10, 2008
Speaking as a student at rainbow mountain, These celebrations you are calling "witch craft" and "sacrificial ceremonies" are simply a celebration of the first day of fall!
And appreciation to our earth!
This school is the best! The people there are my family! I have been at this school for nine years!
Listen to someone who knows what they speak!
Do not judge what you do not know!
local

Inman, SC

#17 May 10, 2008
Kate wrote:
Speaking as a student at rainbow mountain, These celebrations you are calling "witch craft" and "sacrificial ceremonies" are simply a celebration of the first day of fall!
And appreciation to our earth!
This school is the best! The people there are my family! I have been at this school for nine years!
Listen to someone who knows what they speak!
Do not judge what you do not know!
Has any of those wonderful people who are teaching you to celebrate and appreciate the earth so much ever bothered to teach you to celebrate and appreciate The One who CREATED and GAVE you the earth?
hoosier boy

United States

#18 Sep 21, 2008
Some of you talk about casting spells? What do you think modern advertising is all about. Natural Cycles are pagan? So what. Some of your beliefs have corrupted your mind, and have seperated you far from God. Somehow you got brainwashed, and believe nature is bad. The garden thing again...
Earth Spirit

United States

#19 Sep 21, 2008
The day we stop connecting to nature is the day we perish. The natural cycles are one of our connections to God. If you do not believe this....you are lost and probably voted for George Bush.
Former RMCS family

United States

#20 Dec 20, 2008
While claiming these ceremonies are harmless, over the years, these ceremonies have made many Christian families uncomfortable. Many of them chose to take their children elsewhere because of a clear antagonism towards Christians and main stream ideologies. It is an alternative school, and the school isn't inclusive as they would like to believe. They do have many gifts to offer, but they would do well to acknowledge Jesus Christ too. Perhaps then they could really explore the multi-cultural world they proudly proclaim to embrace.
local

Hickory, NC

#21 Dec 21, 2008
Former RMCS family wrote:
While claiming these ceremonies are harmless, over the years, these ceremonies have made many Christian families uncomfortable. Many of them chose to take their children elsewhere because of a clear antagonism towards Christians and main stream ideologies. It is an alternative school, and the school isn't inclusive as they would like to believe. They do have many gifts to offer, but they would do well to acknowledge Jesus Christ too. Perhaps then they could really explore the multi-cultural world they proudly proclaim to embrace.
You are so correct.

Maybe we need to start a real support system for Christian parents who are realizing there aren't many options for their children.
The Man

Kill Devil Hills, NC

#22 Dec 21, 2008
local wrote:
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You are so correct.
Maybe we need to start a real support system for Christian parents who are realizing there aren't many options for their children.
Gosh, the last time I checked, there were plenty of churches and christian schools in the area. Fools.

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