Tuesday, April 24, 2007

this should be fun

UPI report, 4-24-07:

Wiccan symbol approved for veteran graves

WASHINGTON April 24 (UPI) -- The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has agreed to include the Wiccan pentacle among the religious symbols made available for the headstones of veterans.

The decision was made to settle a lawsuit brought by the Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, the New York Times reported Tuesday.

The department previously had 38 religious symbols available for headstone engraving. Richard Katskee, assistant legal director for Americans United, said it generally takes a few months for the department to approve a new religious symbol, but it took 10 years and a legal battle to win approval for the Wiccan emblem.

"The Wiccan families we represented were in no way asking for special treatment," the Rev. Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United, told the Times. "They wanted precisely the same treatment that dozens of other religions already had received from the department, an acknowledgment that their spiritual beliefs were on par with those of everyone else."

Make some extra popcorn, because we are going to see the christianists' heads explode over this.

I want to know when we finally get headstones for all of the atheists in foxholes.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, atheists have a symbol that was approved by the VA years ago. Humanists have a separate one. Wiccans are the 39th group to have an emblem.

Barry Lynn

11:11 PM  
Blogger Milo Johnson said...

Cool! What is the symbol?

2:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The symbol is the image of the atom. Many atheists use this symbol; others do not like it. Presumably now, atheist orgs that use something else could apply successful to the VA for equal treatment.


5:30 PM  
Blogger Ronni said...

For all my Wiccan friends, I thank you for all your hard work, Barry.

11:25 PM  

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