Pagan pentacle accepted by U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs
Thursday, April 26, 2007
The settlement was in response to a lawsuit brought on behalf of nine families by the advocacy groups ACLU and Americans United for Separation of Church and State (AUSCS). One of these was the family of Sgt. Patrick Stewart, 34, who was killed in Afghanistan, who was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. His wife Roberta Stewart said in the year prior to the settlement "This is discrimination against our religion".
The Rev. Barry W. Lynn of the AUSCS said: "This settlement has forced the Bush Administration into acknowledging that there are no second class religions in America, including among our nation's veterans."
Wicca is a nature-based religion. Many Wiccans, though not all, include themselves in Paganism or Neopaganism. There are an estimated one million Neopagans in the world today.
- Scott Bauer. "VA allows Wiccans to place symbols on grave markers in national cemeteries" — , April 23, 2007
- "Nev. politicians join soldier's widow in fight for Wiccan headstone" — , May 26, 2006
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