Wiccan’s & the U.S. Air Force

February 4, 2010 No Comments

We have article links in their entirety discussing the Wiccan Circle the U.S. Air Force has permitted.  We have also attached Wikipedia’s definition on Wicca.  We wanted to provide you with other links on Wicca and Christianity but they seemed to proselytize, opine, provoke or denigrate.  Since Christianity, according to Wikipedia and other resources, is the main belief in America we can understand why this is a hot topic.

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By Joshua Rhett Miller – Fox News

A large wooden cross was placed at an Air Force Academy worship area for pagans and other Earth-centered religions, prompting an investigation by academy officials, though some caution that it’s hardly “destructive behavior.”
Mikey Weinstein, founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, said an Air Force Academy staffer spotted the cross — erected with railroad ties — lying against a rock at a worship area for pagan groups at the academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Jan. 17.
Tech. Sgt. Brandon Longcrier, a self-described pagan who sponsors the group that worships there, said the incident was similar to someone leaving a pentagram or a pagan symbol at the academy’s chapel altar and claimed he and others are victim of a hate crime. In an e-mail to Weinstein’s group, Longcrier said his group had been “thrown under the bus by the system we trusted” and that the “hate crime” has been ignored.
David Cannon, director of communications at the Air Force Academy, said the incident remains under investigation. He declined to indicate whether it could be classified as a hate crime pending completion of the probe.
Cannon said that if a cadet were behind the incident, the Air Force would have the power to prosecute. If a civilian did it, the case could be taken up by local authorities.
“Until (the investigation) is over, we can’t classify it as anything,” Cannon told FoxNews.com, adding that it remains unclear whether cadets were involved.
In a statement issued Wednesday, Lt. Gen. Mike Gould, the Air Force Academy’s superintendent, said the school will take “appropriate action” if a cadet were indeed responsible.

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By AN ELLIOTT – Huffington Post

DENVER  -  The Air Force Academy has set aside an outdoor worship area for Pagans, Wiccans, Druids and other Earth-centered believers, school officials said Monday.

A double circle of stones atop a hill on the campus near Colorado Springs has been designated for the group, which previously met indoors.

“Being with nature and connecting with it is kind of the whole point,” said Tech. Sgt. Brandon Longcrier, who sponsors the group and describes himself as a Pagan. “It will dramatically improve that atmosphere, the mindset and the actual connection.”

The stones were moved to the hilltop last year because erosion threatened to make them unstable in their previous location near the visitors center. Crews arranged them in two concentric circles because they thought it would be a pleasant place for cadets to relax, Longcrier said.

When Longcrier and academy chaplains were looking for an outdoor worship space, they discovered one already existed in the form of the circles.

Read the rest of this article at Huffingtonpost.com

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