Saturday, April 15, 2006

Wiccan Soldier's Widow Petitions for Recognition

Update: Over on you can listen to a 2006 report by RBM on efforts to recognize the Wiccan pentacle as a government-approved burial marker. The feature aired on NPR's All Things Considered. An excerpt from the intro:
The widow of a Nevada National Guardsman killed in Afghanistan wants her husband's Wiccan faith recognized. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs permits 38 religious symbols to adorn headstones and memorials, like the one commemorating Sgt. Patrick Stewart's unit. That list includes the Christian cross and even a symbol for atheists, but the government has not yet approved the Wiccan pentacle.