Paganism

"Wiccan Soldiers Win Star of Respect," a Commentary by The Sun Chronicle

April 26, 2007

Author: The Sun Chronicle

Source: The Sun Chronicle

http://www.thesunchronicle.com/articles/2007/04/26/opinion/opinion1.txt

How fitting that daffodils bobbed up Monday and area magnolias unfurled like silent celebratory fireworks, the very day the government grudgingly added the Wiccan pentacle to the long list of emblems permitted on government-issued headstones of soldiers and in national cemeteries.

Recognition of...

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Wiccan Widow Relieved VA Case is Over

April 25, 2007

Author: Viktoria Pearson

Source: Nevada Appeal

http://www.nevadaappeal.com/article/LF/20070425/News/104250027/-1/REGION

The Department of Veterans Affairs finalized a settlement and stipulation agreement to have the pentacle, a five-pointed star in a circle and the symbol of Wiccan and pagan religions, placed on tombstones or memorial markers at Arlington Cemetery and other recognized U.S. military burial grounds Monday.
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Wiccans Allowed to Place Pentacles on Graves in National Cemeteries

April 24, 2007

Author: Scott Bauer

Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Wire Service: AP

http://www.gwinnettdailypost.com/index.php?s=&url_channel_id=34&url_article_id=27205&url_subchannel_id=&change_well_id=2

MADISON, Wis. — The Wiccan pentacle has been added to the list of emblems allowed in national cemeteries and on government-issued headstones of fallen soldiers,...

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VA Allows Wiccan Symbol On Grave Markers

April 24, 2007

Source: KSBW Channel News

http://www.theksbwchannel.com/family/13032268/detail.html

MADISON, Wis. -- On a hill, overlooking a 200-acre nature center in the Wisconsin woods, sit three unmarked graves for veterans who followed the Wiccan religion.

Thanks to lawsuit settlement announced Monday, they won't be unmarked for long.

In a settlement with Wiccans, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs agreed to add the religion's pentacle to the list of...

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'Hail Persephone': Pagans Retool the Rosary

April 10, 2007

Author: Kimberly Winston

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: RNS

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/215/story_21571_1.html

Picking up her Catholic rosary, Meg, a 24-year-old from Maine, begins her prayers like this:

"Hail Persephone, full of strength and beauty. ... Blessed are you and blessed is the cycle of your life. Holy Persephone, queen of life and death, pray for your children now, and in the hour of our...

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"Witch Trials And Tribulations In The Land Of The Free," a Commentary by Charles C. Haynes

April 8, 2007

Author: Charles Haynes

Source: North Country Gazette

http://www.northcountrygazette.org/articles/2007/032907WitchTrials.html

People accused of witchcraft in America aren't executed anymore (we are 300 years and a First Amendment away from Puritan Massachusetts). These days they just lose their jobs.

Don Larsen discovered this the hard way. A year ago, Larsen was a Pentecostal Christian minister serving as an Army...

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Chaplain Advises Wiccan Soldiers

March 31, 2007

Author: JOHN COTTER, CP

Source: Edmonton Sun

http://www.edmontonsun.com/News/World/2007/03/31/3879456-sun.html

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan -- From jokingly advising Wiccan soldiers to keep their clothes on when celebrating the spring equinox to coaxing troops to talk about the trauma of surviving a roadside bomb, Canadian Forces chaplains are in Afghanistan for everyone.

Maj. Malcolm Berry smiles as he recalls being approached on...

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