We do not know of any children anywhere who have been harmed by having their awareness and intellect expanded. It is ignorance which causes harm, not knowledge. Nevertheless our purpose is to provide ADULTS with genuine literature and equipment so they can investigate all religions and philosophies.
We repudiate any suggestion by ardent Christians that knowledge of minority religions and magical traditions is harmful to children. This is pure hypocrisy when compared with the indoctrination of their own kids daily and by rote with exposure to psychopathic stories of death and destruction from the bible which contain enough violence and perversion to warrant an 'X' rating! Proselytisers of a religion which features an image of an emaciated man dripping blood and entrails and with his hands and feet nailed to a cross, are in no position to adopt a holier than though attitude about what is and what is not appropriate for the children of parents who hold other beliefs. However until minors reach 18 they are still legally under the jurisdiction of their parents/guardians and we respect their rights under the U.N.D.H.R with regard to deciding the belief and religion of their offspring.
We do not therefore provide goods to people under the age of 18 unless their parents/guardians provide permission in writing. This permission can be selective (e.g. only books of a stated kind) or global; on an each-purchase, or all-purchase basis, as specified by them. Permission should be sent in with the order by ordinary mail in the first instance. If Parents/Guardians instigate an each-purchase permission status then every order will have to be sent in by mail and countersigned by them. Otherwise, after the initial written permission is received, we can accept orders from their charges by email limited, of course, to their original permission specification. In this instance the parent's credit card will be used and the contract of sale will be with them.
Out of our sixty six thousand client base we have very few customers who are under 18 but have put these fair rules in place so that parents who have an objection can retain control, and those parents who are liberal and pluralist in approach can teach the ancient wisdom to their offspring without the humbug and censorship which infects this area. Note that some items of an adult nature will only be provided to over 18s and that some items are restricted in British law to over 16s. For example all magical knives, swords, blades and sharp instruments. Parents/guardians should bear these things in mind and oversee all orders placed.
All items are legal under British statute law. These voluntary rules concerning minors have been in place, working effectively, for the past 30 years . This successful track record proves our social responsibility to the family. Our stance towards minors should NOT be seen in any way as tacit admission of any harmful or negative repercussions from occult or new age involvement and we uphold the rights of all parents to teach their offspring the meaning of life in the way they see it.
I have no objection and hereby agree and give permission for my son/daughter name:
to purchase the following listed item/s from The Sorcerer's Apprentice.
Please note: Our decision not to sell items to under 18s is a voluntary one based on the philosophy delineated above.
Print out and Post or Fax this form along with your order to:
The Sorcerer's Apprentice 6-8 Burley Lodge Road, Leeds LS6 1QP , U.K.
Fax: 0113 2451309 - Outside U.K. +44 113 2451309 (24hrs)