As I've mentioned before, I've tried on many religious, at least spiritual, guises through the years. I was always searching for something of human invention that could help me come to terms with myself, and Wicca actually seemed a natural intuitively sound possibility. When I was 19.
Tuesday, July 4, 2006; Page A02
At the Veterans Memorial Cemetery in the small town of Fernley, Nev., there is a wall of brass plaques for local heroes. But one space is blank. There is no memorial for Sgt. Patrick D. Stewart.
That's because Stewart was a Wiccan, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has refused to allow a symbol of the Wicca religion -- a five-pointed star within a circle, called a pentacle -- to be inscribed on U.S. military memorials or grave markers.
I've even got a gnarly little ghost story about the day I "consecrated" my space in my parents attic, but will leave that for perhaps another time...
Anyhow, this is simply closing on beyond belief. Shake's Sis says it very well and quite succinctly.
The minister who served as the chaplain of Sgt. Stewart’s unit, Rtd. Army Chaplain William Chrystal, strongly supports Sgt. Stewart’s widow’s request to have the pentacle put on his memorial. He suspects that the reasons it’s being denied are strictly political, considering “It’s such a clear first Amendment issue… I think the powers that be are afraid they’ll alienate conservative Christians if they approve a symbol that connotes witches and warlocks casting spells and brewing potions.” I believe he’s right, which leaves me with only one question.
Just how much of our country are we going to sacrifice to protect the delicate sensibilities of the willfully ignorant?
[Check out her post for the comments as well.]