Occult classes spark protests

PROTESTORS turned up at the first in a series of controversial classes at a community centre last week

PROTESTORS turned up at the first in a series of controversial classes at a community centre last week.A group of Christians gathered outside Worle Community Centre in Lawrence Road to hand out leaflets and try to talk people out of going to occult classes which started on Monday.Centre chairman Joan Thompson was also handed a 28-signature petition from members of the local evangelical church who are outraged about the classes, as well as three other letters of complaint from residents.About 30 people turned up for a taster of what the lessons, which have been causing a furore among churchgoers, would involve.Occultist Scott Jones is running discussion groups and courses looking at the study and ritual uses of Satanism, meditation, witchcraft and tarot. But people have been approaching the Charity Commission to see if the classes can be cancelled.Mrs Thompson said: "Scott Jones asked everyone what interests they had and told everyone they won't be practising anything at the centre but just learning about previous beliefs before Christianity."He said to everyone 'we're not going to be putting pins in dolls' and gave everyone the option of whether to come back next Monday. Nobody felt trapped."Mr Jones will hold the classes on a Monday from 7-10pm.


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