Friday, October 06, 2006

BBC NEWS | Americas | Wicca veterans seek grave symbols

BBC NEWS Americas Wicca veterans seek grave symbols

The Dragon is not a Wiccan. In fact I think that any organized religion is kinda silly. A person's, or reptile's relationship (or lack thereof) with the Divine is an entirely personal thing, and adding mediators and community to it only waters it down and makes it less meaningful. But that's just me...

Anyway, if these kids are praying to the Goddess before IED's return them in itty-bitty pieces to the earth, I say it's their right, and the right of their families to proudly display the Goddess's symbol on their graves. I mean these kids are fighting and dieing for Democracy and the right to worship as your conscience dictates against intolerant theocratic fanatics abroad. Let's not make a mockery of their sacrifice, by saying the dictates of their conscience are any less valid than ours, OK. They, and their families paid their dues, in spades, we shouldn't make them fight against intolerant theocratic fanatics at home.

Wiccans in the US are taking the government to court over its refusal to allow their symbol on gravestones in military cemeteries.
Relatives of dead soldiers, including one killed in Iraq, are demanding that Wicca symbols be permitted.
Some 38 other religious symbols, including the Jewish star of David and the Buddhist wheel, are allowed.
The Pentacle, a five-pointed star surrounded by a circle, is one of the most important symbols in Wicca.

Thanks to the most holy, and debauched Mr. Warren Ellis

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