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Re: Reporting Religion

From: Cap'n M.
Sent on: Monday, June 11, 2007 8:45 PM
Michael wrote:

> 2. After all these years, the US Army finally recognized the right of
>    soldiers to have a Wiccan funeral. I'll admit that the only thing I
>    like about Wiccan is its humor value, but I'm wondering, do atheist
>    soldiers have the same right? I would assume so, but I'm not sure.

From this month's edition of _Church and State_, the newletter of
Americans United for Separation of Church and State (www.au.org):

    [The VA had] 38 symbols available, including emblems for atheism and
    humanism.  But because the pentacle was not on the VA's "approved
    list," it would not appear on Sgt. Stewart's marker.

What those emblems are I have no idea.

I remember seeing a Wiccan couple interviewed on Larry King Live many
years ago, and they talked about having 5-year marriage contracts rather
than the open-ended, 'til-death-do-us-par­t kind.  That seemed very
reasonable to me.  But of course, the bit about the Lord and the Lady is
a lot of bunk.

    Cheers,
    Mike

-- 
Mike Leibensperger      --+--      ...mjl at alumni dot cmu dot edu...
"Men never do evil so completely or cheerfully as when they do it from
religious conviction."           -- Blaise Pascal, 17th century Jesuit

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