Thursday, May 24, 2007

Update to “wistful VICTORY”

In my post wistful VICTORY , I reported that Wiccan veterans had finally won the right to have the symbol of their faith on their tombstone- something that the Veteran’s Administration had denied them for nearly a decade since the first request. Pictures have been released of the first five markers so engraved, and can be seen here . If you look closely, you will see that they are veterans of World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and both desert wars, and that there are multiple Purple Heart and Bronze Star winners.

This represents two victories to me. First and foremost for the veterans themselves; they’ve finally been accorded the religious liberty they died for. But secondly, this is a victory for all Pagans, and all those whose beliefs are out of the mainstream- even the biggest religious bigot will have to stop and think after seeing those headstones at Arlington.

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