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Christians Desecrate Wiccan Religious Site at Air Force Academy


Evangelical Christians are at it again. The proselytizing only-through-Christ bunch have now taken up desecration of non-Christian religious sites: Not Jews this time but Wiccans. What the hell goes through the minds of these evangelicals who think they can tell other religions—at a military academy no less—what to believe? At their core, evangelicals who despise pluralism are infantile.

Update: In celebration of holy Super Bowl Sunday, I want to urge readers to check out the new book, Onward Christian Athletes by Tom Krattenmaker. Not for Jews, Wiccans, Muslims, Football-Only-though-Christ. This is a critical book and Krattenmaker is brilliant. –

- The opening of the worship area at the Colorado Springs academy had been hailed as a step for religious tolerance
By DeeDee Correll—Reporting from Denver – The Air Force Academy, stung several years ago by accusations of Christian bias, has built a new outdoor worship area for pagans and other practitioners of Earth-based religions.

But its opening, heralded as a sign of a more tolerant religious climate at the academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., was marred by the discovery two weeks ago of a large wooden cross placed there.

‘We’ve been making great progress at the Air Force Academy. This is clearly a setback,’ said Mikey Weinstein, a 1977 graduate of the academy. He is founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, and has often tangled with the academy over such issues.

Although he credits the academy’s superintendent, Air Force Lt. Gen. Michael Gould, with an improved climate of religious tolerance, Weinstein criticized other academy officials as trivializing the incident, which he said was not revealed to cadets.

Rhetorically addressing academy officials, Weinstein said Tuesday, ‘It’s been two weeks — were you going to get around to telling them about this horrible thing that happened, and why haven’t you?’

Academy spokesman John Van Winkle said officials reported the situation to those on base and issued a message reiterating the school’s policy of religious tolerance and respect.

In a statement, Gould said, ‘We absolutely will not stand for this type of destructive behavior. I consider this no different than someone writing graffiti on the Cadet Chapel.’ In 2004, an academy survey found that many cadets felt that evangelical Christians were imposing their views and harassing non-Christians at the school.

The following year, an Air Force task force determined that there was no overt discrimination but the academy had failed to accommodate the religious needs of some cadets. Since then, the academy has worked to change that, Van Winkle said.

“It boils down to the key issue of respect — respect for everyone’s right to practice their faith as they choose,’ he said.

Specific steps include the creation of a Cadet Interfaith Council that identifies upcoming religious holidays and helps adjust cadets’ schedules to observe them.

The academy — which also has worship areas for Catholic, Protestant, Muslim, Buddhist and Jewish faiths — already had a designated area for Wiccans, pagans and followers of similar traditions, but it was located on the north end of the 19,000-acre campus and was not easy for cadets to visit, Van Winkle said.

The new site, a collection of stones set in a circle unveiled late last year, is closer to where cadets live and train.

Modern Wicca is a reconstruction of ancient European pagan religions and is based on respect for Earth, nature and the seasons. On the weekend of Jan. 17, Weinstein said a client of his organization who is based at the academy spotted a cross, constructed of railroad ties, propped against a rock at the center. The client reported it, and the Office of Special Investigations began an inquiry.

The dean of faculty, Brig. Gen. Dana Born, discussed the incident at a Jan. 27 staff meeting, Weinstein said.

Weinstein did not attend the meeting but said that faculty members who did described the official reaction as tepid.

One faculty member, who attended and asked not to be named because of the sensitivity of the matter, supported Weinstein’s characterization of the meeting.

The reaction would have been stronger, Weinstein said, if another worship center had been involved. Had a swastika been placed in the Jewish center, ‘heads would be rolling,’ he said.Van Winkle said he saw video of Born’s address: ‘She downplayed nothing. She addressed the expectations, the issue and moved on.’

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  1. Kali  April 30, 2010 at 2:53 am

    This one’s for all the Christian’s out there who think it’s acceptable to attack another’s beliefs. It is not your job nor your right to judge another’s beliefs. If yours is the “right” path, we’ll find that out. But your own Bible declares that we have the right to free will. So is it not counter-productive to then judge us “sinners” or “wrong?” For the record, before making the decision to become Wiccan, I studied all major religions in depth, with a great deal of time spent on Christianity, and have read your Bible four times through. I’m more than happy to post other passages that support my statements just as well. Your God has told you that he and he alone is to judge man. Not you. So leave us in peace, we’ve never in the history of humanity attacked you.

    1 Judge not, that ye be not judged.
    2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. Mk. 4.24
    3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
    4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?
    5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.
    6 ¶ Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.

  2. goddamnathiest Rick  February 12, 2010 at 7:25 am

    Back around 2001 the same thing happened at Ft. Hood. The Wiccan’s had their place vandalized too. But the III Corp Commander put an MP out there. He wasn’t going to put up with anything like that.
    Later, a Republican Congressmen came down to protest, get some PR and so on. Funny thing, there were more anti-protesters then there were protesters. Not the welcome the Congressmen was expecting.
    That should get some press too. It did back then, but I think it should be brought up.

  3. mrg  February 12, 2010 at 1:06 am

    mike weinstein is my kind if man and my kind of american.i hate religion because just like politics you have a certain amount of dipshit racist assholes that use religion to hide their rightous hate.religion should come with a warning label like drugs because it is the opiate for the masses!to much and weak minds od!sgt mjr you’re no differnt than a islamic rebel.

  4. Amnon Shadow Walker  February 10, 2010 at 2:54 am

    And while we are burning all of this metaphorical powder on this event, I would like to share a comment to help put this into perspective.

    As a fellow pagan friend of mine commented to me after his return from the sand box;
    After spending time in a *real* fundamentalist country, the Christians we have here are not a real big problem.

    And he went on to point out that the Christianity practiced in America today bears little resemblance to the “Convert or Die” Christianity of the 12th century crusades.

    I mean it has been, what, 300 years since we’ve had a burning at the stake here and just *ages* since the Christians have cut someone’s head off.

    Christians, like any other grouping of humans you could name, will have some real winners and some true a-hole rejects.

    I’ve met pagans and atheists and others who fit the same categories.

    Yep, some igits pooped in someone else’s sacred space.

    This is a problem for us because

    1) It happened at one of our academies
    and
    2) As veterans, we are the type of folks who get very p*ssed off by this kind of thing. It is the sort of thing we generally fight against.

    But there is no reason to paint all of any group from the igits that do something stupid like this. Especially when it is something this minor in the long term scheme of things.

    B*B

  5. Name (required)  February 10, 2010 at 2:11 am

    who cares about the wiccans? seriously, they are just a bunch of girls playing with a ouija board. they’ll grow out of it eventually, just ignore them.

    • jessica  June 10, 2010 at 9:37 pm

      there not all girls ((smiles )) but i am a woman and i dont use a Ouija board and i wont grow out of the wiccan rede or my pagan beliefs but talking with my father in his christian church is some times pleasant but uncomfortable .,

  6. Karl  February 9, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    I’m a disabled veteran of the war in Iraq. I am a Christian. I am appalled. Disgusted. Don’t you geniuses see? Desecrating that Pagan symbol was EXACTLY against everything we swear to “support and defend” when we enlist in the first place. I may not agree with a man, but I’ll put my ass on the line to defend his freedom to be different from me. (Snd shame on you, Sergeant Major, if you really are one, for not seeing that. You’re supposed to be a LEADER.)
    When the Apostle Paul encountered a Pagan temple, he didn’t destroy anything, didn’t preach against anyone, didn’t take an “us against them” approach at all. What he DID do was look around and find some common ground- in this case, the shrine “to the unknown god,” and started his discourse from there.
    I don’t know about you, but I certainly wouldn’t compare myself or anyone I’ve met to the apostle Paul as far as spreading the Word goes… and if someone thinks doing something this stupid is doing anything but pushing people AWAY from the cross of Christ, they’re a complete fool.
    This is a bad thing- for America, the Service, and Christianity.
    whoever did this is a coward… too much of one to walk in like Paul and make a difference in person. And a fraud.
    And shame on his/her supporters in the name of Jesus Christ and the Constitution of the United States of America we all swore to defend.

  7. charlies  February 9, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    I agree that the military has a job to do, but obviously ‘wiccans’ are not going to be able to perform that job as well as others.

    • SPC Brian  February 10, 2010 at 7:48 pm

      woah what that was probably the idiotic statement in this entire forum look here guy im pagan Wiccan actually and buddy i was a combat medic in the army attached to a cavalry unit and for you to say that if i were christian i could have done a better job at saving lives is the stupidest thing i have ever heard i only lost one soldier in a 14 month tour of iraq and he swallowed the barrel of his weapon. we do our part in the war despite being descriminated against

  8. lionflower  February 9, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    You all seem to be forgetting that this is the United States of America. Still. And that religious freedom is everyone’s right, whether you agree with that religion or not. And, the military of the United States respects and honors that. … for the most part.

    I served for six years as enlisted in the U S Air Force. I was a damn fine aircraft mechanic and earned the respect of my peers. It’s no aircraft carrier, but the flightline can be a dangerous place to work. We all watched out for each other. We ate together, sweated together, swapped stories about spouses, deployed together, and relied on each other to keep each other safe.

    Oh, yes, and I had Wicca on my dog tags. And do you know what? The Evangelicals I worked with watched my back just as closely as the Atheists did. And do you know what else? I watched their backs, too, and kept them safe.

    Let’s not lose sight of what’s really important. The military has a job to do.

  9. Sc00baEve  February 9, 2010 at 6:09 am

    I love how everyone has to preface their comment with a statement like “As a pastor of 55 years” or “as a vet with enough shiny metal decorations to make Kanye West jealous”. You know what those opening statements say about you? They say that you are speaking from a point of view that you will never ever consider looking beyond. You are announcing to us that you are indoctrinated. It’s so thoughtful of you all to warn us that your thoughts and opinions on the matter mean absolutely nothing to the portion of the population capable of exercising simple common sense. For crying out loud… a makeshift wooden cross was found leaning in a rock circle. How does that equate to bigotry and religious intolerance? Was the cross burning? Was there some kind of heathen hit list nailed onto it? Was it cut from one of the trees that they worshiped? If the cross was really that disturbing, why didn’t one of the pagans simply move it away from their place of worship… perhaps do the neighborly thing and give it to one of the rabid evangelicals? As much as I dislike organized religion, I really don’t want to see the men and women charged with defending everyone’s right to believe what they want destroy each other with their absurd dogma and rhetoric. All of this bother… when the solution is SO simple. In the end, the easiest and most effective way for the US armed forces to deal with such polarizing lifestyles and beliefs as religion and worship… “don’t ask; don’t tell”. It will help lead to better unit cohesion and make it that much easier for the men and women fighting side by side for America can trust and depend on their fellow soldiers.

    • WHood  February 9, 2010 at 9:22 pm

      By your logic blacks who find a burning cross in their yard should just put the fire out and get rid of the cross. Jews who find swastikas spray-painted on their synagogue should just paint over them and get over it. The fact is that crosses do not inherently “desecrate” another religion’s place of worship, it is the INTENT. This was not some innocuous act, the intent was to send a message that says, “we are the dominant faith and intend to stay that way, we have been getting rid of people like you for over a millenia and we will continue to do so.” That isn’t something to simply be scoffed at by the people it is directed at, and that may be your problem: it isn’t directed at you so you are inclined to minimize the situation and laugh it off. If that’s your view then why do you bother to even comment? It doesn’t matter to you so go about your business then.

    • MaxineB  February 23, 2010 at 8:31 pm

      Guess you’ll be losing that “Keep Christ in Christmas” thingee?

    • Affected One  February 14, 2010 at 4:01 am

      I rather like the DADT solution to all the religious nonsense. Once upon a time, in America, religion was a private matter between a person and his god/goddess/gods/self/etc. Adults had been reared to respect that privacy, not getting up in anyone else’s face to discuss religion — at least, not outside of church, and since that suggested the person approached shared same or similar beliefs, it was no problem. Oh, for a return to the days of respect.

      Sadly, my own former commander convinced a committee inside the Pentagon to require superiors to ask about the “spirituality” and, of course, related practices, of those beneath them, during their annual pre-evaluation interviews. Clearly, this was intended to affect the ratings and furture inside the military, for those being so questioned.

      And this was an Air Force commander.

  10. charlies  February 9, 2010 at 1:21 am

    I think the emo wiccans did it to draw attention to themselves

    • jessica  June 10, 2010 at 9:32 pm

      charlie not all wiccans pagans or christians are emo emo is a state of mind that happens mostly with teenagers i have noticed where they get popular by crying and cutting there wrists and emos vary in having all kinds of religions . (( no offense intended i am speaking on what i have seen )) hopefully they will survive long enough to grow outta the crying and cutting .

  11. Rose  February 7, 2010 at 11:37 pm

    Really, you want to mess with someone who screams about their way and only their way… Go on a little tour of some of the oldest “Christian” churches in Europe… And try to count all the various bits of Pagan Iconography that was included AT THE TIME OF THE CHURCHES’ CONSTRUCTION! I find that all rather amusing… Especially when people ask me if I would be OK entering a church because I might find it uncomfortable, or especially the time someone actually watched me walk into a church as if that person expected me to be smote by lightening! ROFL!

    • Amnon Shadow Walker  February 10, 2010 at 2:40 am

      I swear, some times I think they expect me to burst in to flame when I step into a church.

      and I stopped smoking years ago 8-)

      Yes, some of the stuff in the old cathedrals is just *great!*

  12. Derwin  February 7, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    As a Christian (Evangelical), I find that this is not behavior that is representative of Jesus Christ, or his teachings. It is difficult to understand how a “Evangelical Christian”, if that is who committed this act, could think that these actions would lead anyone to Christ.

    As Chrstians, we are to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ not convert, and the best way to begin that is demonstrating his teachings by the way we live.

    • bob taylor  February 11, 2010 at 8:47 pm

      I agree..thats what I was taught and believe..
      I really do hate the stuff it down my throat attitude so much of Evangelical christans practice..that if we see a differnt side of sprititialism they are all frothing at the mouth to what..save us..
      The tennets of the message is what we are all about..

  13. Brandon Longcrier  February 6, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    I do wish that everyone could call this what the original story called it. It’s an Earth-Centered worship cirlce, not a Wiccan worship circle. Wicca is a tradition (or denomination if you will) that falls under Earth-Centered / Pagan spirituality, but everyone just assumes to call it a Wiccan circle. I can tell you that as of today, we don’t even have any “Wiccans” in our group. I just wanted to put this out there so people would know because calling our circle a Wiccan circle is like calling the Christian Chapel a “Baptist” Chapel. And by doing so, you leave out numerous traditions / denominations.

    • Rose  February 7, 2010 at 11:56 pm

      Well put. I call myself a Pagan, not a Wiccan. Though most of the literature I have been able to read does focus on Wicca, Paganism is also a form of Earth-centered belief. With all belief systems out there, there are many sects/groups/what call you that have their own views on how the belief system should be followed… All Earth-centered faiths would have/could have been using this circle for their own versions of what ever rites they wished to perform there…

  14. Oldleatherneck  February 6, 2010 at 4:15 am

    I consider myself an evangelical Christian. However worship and believe in who ever and what ever you choose, its your right of free choice. Just leave me alone to follow my spiritual belief, and don’t try to elevate your belief system above mine. I’ll pray for your eternal soul if you want me to or not. You will be held accountable for you choices, as will I.

  15. Bob Taylor  February 5, 2010 at 11:26 pm

    Has anyone considered this just might have been a (lousy) joke pulled off by students or others? These things have happened in the past…NO justification but certainly less than a real big threat…

    I’ve heard reports of some intense (rabid?) Christianity at the Academy but has it become so intolerant as to be disassociated from the tenets of real Christian behavior.

    in case I’m mixed up on this ..where do they keep the snakes, in that pretty chapel?

    • Another Pagan Madra  February 6, 2010 at 5:00 pm

      We could use some snakes. If they would be so kind as to lend us some, Id be more than happy to put their shed skins to use, get us another form of change. (no snakes were harmed in the invoking of this change ^_^)

    • btaylor  February 9, 2010 at 3:18 am

      I am FOR Freedom of people.
      I dont disrespect Wiccan,
      I support their right to practice in this country..
      and I said ( the Religious Right maybe a part of this) but possibly just a awful Prank..
      If it was the Christians they have been nazified..and their hate for anything not exactly like them may become an issue to all of us..
      There!bt!

  16. Lawrence A Dickerson  February 5, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    That many Christians believe that the End Times are upon us they seem to openly attack any religious view that differs from their own.Keep in mind fundamentalists,there are over 1500 faith groups in the US alone,each with their own interpretation of what is ,”True”.

    This country was founded on the freedom to worship freely as one chooses.These fringe groups are a danger to themselves and others by advocating violence and destruction of those sects,denominations and religions.

    Nobody is above the law of the land and those individuals that take the law into their own hands need to be punished to the maximum sentence allowable.

  17. James S  February 5, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    Change that ‘C’ to as tiny a ‘c’ as you can produce, these aren’t ‘christians’ no where near any religion, though they are rewriting the bible to fit them, again!

    • Tom Dillman  February 6, 2010 at 4:37 am

      While you are at it, change the James S. to j.s. It’ll make you feel better for sticking your nose in other peoples’ religious business.

  18. rthorne  February 5, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    CLOWN!
    What about all the Churches being burned in Texas……..
    What’s SATAN doing in the military anyway?
    We’ll find out what a big mouth you have when America crumbles from Obama economics.
    We’ll see how you like wearing a brand new MICRO-CHIP…….,when the ONE WORLD ORDER is declared…
    If you don’t have anything logical to say…..,THEN SHUT UP……….

    • D  February 5, 2010 at 8:48 pm

      …What? Less than 1% of that statement has any truth to it.

    • SgtMaj  February 5, 2010 at 10:50 pm

      There is a hell of alot of truth in rthorne’s statement unless you listen to MSNBC!

    • Timpgod  February 6, 2010 at 1:00 am

      A real Sergeant Major would never agree to something as stupid as rthorne’s comment.

    • SgtMaj  February 6, 2010 at 2:39 am

      Wow, did you ever leave the scouts? I served three tours in Nam, a Silver star, and two Bronze stars plus 27 other medals and ribbons including one of the few in my unit as an enlisted man to receive the Legion of Merit. I also served in the Gulf. You must have never met a real Sgt Major. I also have a MA in Military history.

    • Tom Dillman  February 6, 2010 at 4:34 am

      SgtMajor, You’re my kind of guy. Timpgod presents himself as an intellectual dipshit. I apologize for him insulting you. He needs to look in a mirror, though he probably doesn’t own one.

      Tom Dillman, Disabled Vet, Korean DMZ, Uncle Ho’s Trail, American Patriot family since 1605.

    • Cheyenne  February 5, 2010 at 10:51 pm

      Just wanted to point out that Wicca and Satan have absolutely nothing to do with each other.

    • Tom Dillman  February 6, 2010 at 4:24 am

      How do you know Cheyenne?

    • Mr Cotton  February 6, 2010 at 12:57 pm

      Because Satanism is the worship of oneself and/or the ego, whilst Wicca is the worship of nature, it’s as simple as that, they gave nothing in common.

      Their teachings differ vastly, their values go apart and their lifestyles could barely be more different.

    • Rose  February 7, 2010 at 11:40 pm

      A book called “Wiccan Beliefs and Practices” written by Gary Cantrell:

      The religion of Wicca, the Old Religion, is a loving and peaceful Pagan religion of nature or Earth worship… Wicca is a peace-loving religion that exemplifies joy and harmony with all the manifestations of nature.

      Cantrell continues, saying that Wicca has nothing to do with Satan, devil worship, black masses, bestiality, animal or human sacrifice, idol worship or black magic.

    • brian N  February 23, 2010 at 9:11 pm

      Wicca is not of God and is not pleasing to the Lord, so therefore Cheyenne, Wicaa is all about Satan.

    • brian N  February 23, 2010 at 9:15 pm

      not Satanism, but it is Satan controlling there minds.

    • Jimmy  March 1, 2010 at 7:14 am

      Christianity can be such a hateful religion at times. I’m glad it’s losing adherents in the western world.

    • Oksana  February 5, 2010 at 8:51 pm

      It’s time to pull out your tin foil hat because you are seriously delusional with your conspiracy theories…

    • Tom Dillman  February 6, 2010 at 4:34 am

      Damn O, That was funny! Tom

    • James S  February 5, 2010 at 8:52 pm

      You should follow your last sentence as advice, it would help ya not look totally ridiculous, actually more!!

    • Steve Druzynski  February 5, 2010 at 10:16 pm

      No need to fret, cause 2012 is just around the corner!
      AND: doesn’t this sound all to familiar? people fighting over what religions should be allowed in there back yard? Did we forget the more pressing issues like on CNN news where the president was telling the public how more companies are turning around and beginning to hire because of his plans, but he failed to read the news ticker they play during the news below the picture.It stated at the same time that the unemployment figures were higher than first thought and expected to climb higher due to more jobs being lost. Some body better call CNN and tell them that their news ticker is all WRONG!

    • Rev. Bruce Richards  February 5, 2010 at 11:17 pm

      It’s truly a shame when ignorance, bigotry, and intolerance become the common law. If only we could find Christians that lived as Christ did. Christ and his apostles would speak and accept all people. They accepted Jews, Greeks, Romans and all other Pagans alike. It should be remembered that Christ did not grow up in a Christian society. Perhaps he was blessed by not having to put up with the arrogance.

    • whip1933  February 6, 2010 at 1:10 am

      AS A CHRISTIAN AND PASTOR OF SOME 55 YEAR’S I BELIEVE THAT CHRIST HIS APOSTLES AND LATER PAUL NEVER STOPPED POINTING THE WAY TO THE TRUE GOD, AND THAT MAN WITH ALL OF HIS EFFORT COULD NEVER APPROACH HIM. I WAS ONE OF THE FIRST SUPPORTERS OF THE AF ACADEMY IN 1954 WHEN THE PLANS GOT OFF THE GROUND. I WAS THERE FOR THE DEDICATION AND I ASSURE YOU THAT IT WAS CONSECRATED WITH AND BATHED IN CHRISTIAN PRAYER. 1 BELIEVE THAT HONEY MAY MAKE THE CASTOR-OIL TASTE BETTER HOWEVER IT IS THE MEDICINE THAT BRINGS RELIEF AND NOT EVERYONE LIKES HONEY. IT IS AS HARD FOR AN EVANGELICAL TO IGNORE THOSE WHO ARE DROWNING WITHOUT CHRIST AS IT IS FOR A LIFE GUARD TO IGNORE A PERSON DROWNING IN A SWIMMING POOL. I BELIEVE THAT WE SHOULD ALLOW EVERYONE THEIR OWN BELIEF (BUT) THAT SHOULD NOT PREVENT THE EVANGELICAL SHARING CHRIST WHEN-EVER APPROPRIATE. AFTER ALL FOR THE CHRISTIAN IT IS NOT AN OPTION IT IS A GOD GIVEN COMMAND TO DO SO.
      IT WAS ISIAH WHILE QUOTING GOD WROTE. COME LET US REASON TOGETHER THAT YOUR SINS THOUGH AS SCARLET MAY BECOME WHITE AS SNOW. REASON IS THE OPERATIVE WORD.

    • Rev. Bruce Richards  February 6, 2010 at 1:32 am

      This seems to be a wonderful example of what I was talking about.
      Thanks for the demonstration.

    • Rose  February 7, 2010 at 11:49 pm

      My soul, my life, my body, my mind! I was raised “Christian” and chose to follow other. I don’t preach at you, so don’t preach at me. Let us all make our own choices because they are ours to make. I think somewhere in the Old Testament (parts of which are based on the Jewish Torah), doesn’t God give humans the power of free will or choice?

    • Ron Schaefer Lt Col USAF (Ret)  February 9, 2010 at 12:13 am

      Evangelizing and proselytizing is only appropriate when a person asks the porveyor for it–to hear that person word voluntarily. To believe one’s religion is truly the “one way” and therefore superior to all others is the highest form of hubris. Military people support and defend the constitution of the United States of Amercia and are therefore completely entitled to practice the religion of their choice or no religion at all. Who knows the truth about God…please, let no one have the audacity to point to a book written by arabs and romans pontificating on their ideas about the new truth as “truth”.

    • MaxineB  February 23, 2010 at 8:28 pm

      whip1933 writes I BELIEVE THAT WE SHOULD ALLOW EVERYONE THEIR OWN BELIEF…..

      allow? How about mind your own business?

    • Strider  March 7, 2010 at 3:04 pm

      Srroy reverend.

      Your pissant religion is as fake as any other monotheistc religion that was spawnwed out in the desrt somewhere.

      You just proved one thing:

      Yiou are NOT for freedom of religion.

      You are nothing but a theocratic fascisrt eho have a preverted wish to impsoe your religion onto others, and feel suppressed when you can’t lynch witc hes, gays, atheists and heretics anymore.

      *you are a bloody discrace, a parasite and an embarrasement to humanity.

    • Bob Higgins  March 7, 2010 at 3:17 pm

      Warning: Tone down your prose and make your point with less vitriol and personal attacks or you may be marked as spam.

    • nate  February 6, 2010 at 10:00 pm

      one world has been here for years. they just didn’t tell you XD

    • Rafael DeJesus  February 9, 2010 at 4:15 pm

      And again the Evangelicals neo-Theo’s can espouse fear and paranoia! By questioning Satans’ presence in the media are you suggesting that God has a place in the military? Is our military, Gods’ military? No! More people have been killed as a result of religious wars than all other wars combined. I support the academy’s drive for religious tolerance. That is what we need more of … instead of the right and left extreme positions!

    • Grindstone  February 9, 2010 at 4:18 pm

      CLOWN!
      What about all the Churches being burned in Texas…….. [What about them? They’re not on a Military Academy, which is what this is about]
      What’s SATAN doing in the military anyway? [First, Paganism isn’t Satanism (Worship of Earth vs worship of self). Second, Satan is a being existing only in certain religions]
      We’ll find out what a big mouth you have when America crumbles from Obama economics. [While I don’t like his economics, we have a long way to go before we ‘crumble’.]
      We’ll see how you like wearing a brand new MICRO-CHIP…….,when the ONE WORLD ORDER is declared…[Oooh, boy. And now we’re in tin-foil hat town. I suppose you think Bush was behidn 9/11 too?]
      If you don’t have anything logical to say…..,THEN SHUT UP……….[Tkae your own advise]

    • Michael Leon  February 9, 2010 at 4:45 pm

      One thing this Air Force Christian scandal demonstrates is there are a lot of humanistic people in America loosely described as Wiccan who are the Sarah Palin-Neocons-Books-are-for-Satan’s crowd’s worst nightmare, and my heroes.

      As Pat Robertson’s famously imparted wisdom reveals of these freedom fighters: “[T]he [now-defunct Christian Coalition] letter said, ‘it is about a socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians.'”
      http://www.nytimes.com/1992/08/26/us/robertson-letter-attacks-feminists.html?pagewanted=1

      Thank you for your inspiring work.

    • revwicca  February 11, 2010 at 12:05 am

      why do so many people hate religious freedom..one other thing wiccans don’t believe in the christian worldview, so the means they don’t believe in satan.
      wiccans are not going anywhere, i mlike to see the christians try to stop wicca worship. you can’t so get over it. goddess bless the US constitution!

    • Kali  April 30, 2010 at 2:57 am

      Sorry, this post made me laugh. Why? Well, because all the statements regarding the micro-chip, one world order, blah blah blah, is all based on a FICTIONAL Christian series regarding the Rapture. Allow me to reiterate: Fiction. A set of books based on the authors’ interpretations of a book in the Bible, written by a man who, according to the Bible was INTERPRETING what his God told him. Come now. If you’re going to argue religion, please do so with facts and a rational argument, rather than paranoid mumbo-jumbo. Appreciate the chuckle, however, Rthorne.

  19. Ukulelemike  February 5, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    Why is it assumed it was evangelical Christians (which I am not)? They mention a Catholic worship area-and from the history of the Catholics, this would be much more their style. Evangelicals tend to be too lazy about their Christianity, and too far removed from any idea of separatism to do it. Also, has anyone considered the possibility of an ‘agent provocateur”, and inside job, to bring blame and anger on another group? Certainly, one of the techniques of wiccans and witches is to put people on the inside of churches and teach their doctrines to the children-but of course, no one would think to consider that a desecration of a church, would they? Now, if those wackos from the ‘god hates fags’ church were around, I wouldn’t put it past them, though they would cheerfully admit to it and stick around for the press to show up-but they are not, according to their fruit, Christians anyways.
    True Christians, like the founders of the country, believe in soul freedom, meaning that,even if we don’t like how another worships, they have that right-its a fundamental reason for the founding of this country. I’m an independent fundamental Baptist preacher, and I believe it. I may preach against error, but I believe in someone’s right to believe it. I may offer them the truth, but if they reject it, that is their prerogative.

  20. Sundog  February 5, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    I almost forgot–The Cadets should also have to apologize to Christians for smering their name in this mess as well. Because we all know, that regardless of the idealogues on the TEE VEE, that all Christians are certainly not like these assholes.

    • b.g.  February 17, 2010 at 3:13 pm

      LOL, I think xtians do a good-enough job of “smearing” their own names, considering all the intolerant crap they do.+

  21. Bob  February 5, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    It’s a good thing that every liberal in the country isn’t driving around with a desecrated Christian fish on the back of their cars with feet and the word Darwin added to it.

    Cause, you know, then they would be full of it when they called Christians names for doing the same thing they did.

    Only, not really, because these Christians didn’t desecrate the religious symbol of another religion.

    To do that takes an open minded, tolerant liberal.

    • Oksana  February 5, 2010 at 8:48 pm

      Are you aware that the Christian fish came from the Pagans??? All of you Christians driving around with that fish are actually displaying a pre-Christian Pagan symbol. As you can see below, it was the CHRISTIANS who first “desecrated” and changed the PAGAN fish symbol for their own purposes.

      From religioustolerance.org…

      “The pre-Christian history of the fish symbol:

      The fish symbol has been used for millennia worldwide as a religious symbol associated with the Pagan Great Mother Goddess. It is the outline of her vulva. The fish symbol was often drawn by overlapping two very thin crescent moons. One represented the crescent shortly before the new moon; the other shortly after, when the moon is just visible. The Moon is the heavenly body that has long been associated with the Goddess, just as the sun is a symbol of the God.

      The link between the Goddess and fish was found in various areas of the ancient world:
      In China, Great Mother Kwan-yin often portrayed in the shape of a fish.

      In India, the Goddess Kali was called the “fish-eyed one”

      In Egypt, Isis was called the Great Fish of the Abyss

      In Greece the Greek word “delphos” meant both fish and womb. The word is derived from the location of the ancient Oracle at Delphi who worshipped the original fish goddess, Themis. The later fish Goddess, Aphrodite Salacia, was worshipped by her followers on her sacred day, Friday. They ate fish and engaging in orgies. From her name comes the English word “salacious” which means lustful or obscene. Also from her name comes the name of our fourth month, April. In later centuries, the Christian church adsorbed this tradition by requiring the faithful to eat fish on Friday – a tradition that was only recently abandoned.

      In ancient Rome Friday is called “dies veneris” or Day of Venus, the Pagan Goddess of Love.

      Throughout the Mediterranean, mystery religions used fish, wine and bread for their sacramental meal.

      In Scandinavia, the Great Goddess was named Freya; fish were eaten in her honor. The 6th day of the week was named “Friday” after her.

      In the Middle East, the Great Goddess of Ephesus was portrayed as a woman with a fish amulet over her genitals.

      The fish symbol:

      “… was so revered throughout the Roman empire that Christian authorities insisted on taking it over, with extensive revision of myths to deny its earlier female-genital meanings…Sometimes the Christ child was portrayed inside the vesica, which was superimposed on Mary’s belly and obviously represented her womb, just as in the ancient symbolism of the Goddess.” 4 Another author writes: “The fish headdress of the priests of Ea [a Sumero-Semitic God] later became the miter of the Christian bishops.” 5

      The symbol itself, the eating of fish on Friday and the association of the symbol with deity were all taken over by the early Church from Pagan sources. Only the sexual component was deleted.

    • Tom Dillman  February 6, 2010 at 7:11 am

      To fill in your erudite mind, the Aramaic (Christ’s language) word for “small, fish shaped loaves of bread was translated by the Greeks into fish.

  22. tman  February 5, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    The primary purpose of the Naval Academy is to train young men and women for combat..and to do it better than the enemy.
    Houses of worship is where you go to worship whatever bullshit deity that you happen to believe in.
    The two should be separate…and Sundays should be the only day that is made available for worship..whether that fits with your religious time frames or not. Don’t like it and want to worship at other times? Then you can quit and go and follow a career in that religion.
    Notice that both of the individuals that don’t like the lack of religious diversity are both Jewish…The Jews..you only have to see what they are doing to innocent men, women and children in Gaza to know that they should have no credibility and are they are the biggest racists in the world today. They have constructed a wall in the middle of Jerusalem to keep the Palestinians out..what other country in the world today could get away with that? I think that as time goes on, more and more people will understand why Adolph Hitler wanted to eliminate them all together..they have been hated by every nation that they have settled in in history. Why is that? No other race has been persecuted to that extent…I believe that it has to do with how they try to dominate and manipulate every society and this is a perfect example of why the smelly Jews are disliked..they really are a cancer to every society..hope that another Hitler comes along and finishes the job this time..scum of the earth

    • Tom Dillman  February 6, 2010 at 7:07 am

      tman, tman, tman. Maybe some of the trash coming out of your mouth is accurate, maybe some isn’t. But to beg for another Hitler? Or Stalin? Or Mao? Or Uncle Ho? Or any like them? I don’t thinks so. That isn’t what we fought for. Take your meds before you go to bed!

      Tom, Vet in Houston.

  23. kalimata  February 5, 2010 at 8:17 am

    This stuff is awesome, I love it when stuff like this happens. A cross at a circle of stones, beauty. This story just shows how stupid and ignorant most people are. As if a cross is going to anger a Witch, seriously. “Zealot group of idiots makes an arse of themselves.” That should have been the title of the article. I’ve been a Witch for 20 years now, and this stuff makes me laugh, it really does. I’ve gotten past the need to explain or justify my religion to anybody, I know where it’s from, I know it’s real. I agree with a post I read from someone who said that the Witches/Pagans should have it placed in there permanently, treat it as a gift. I mean what would piss off an idiot zealot more, seeing an object intended as an insult welcomed into the circle as a gift. Think of it, all them evil nasty witches dancing around the “Holy Cross”. Makes me laugh…

  24. Jon  February 5, 2010 at 5:53 am

    What can ya say. Christians are jackasses

    • Tom Dillman  February 6, 2010 at 7:02 am

      And you are acting like the droppings from a jackass. Grow up.

  25. Robert W  February 5, 2010 at 2:45 am

    If your faith (Wiccan) preaches peace, etc. then why do you accuse Chritians for placing the cross there? Has any one actually found out who placed it there? For all we know, it was placed there by a Wiccan, Pagan, Buddahist or some other faith.

  26. Chuck Palazzo  February 5, 2010 at 12:54 am

    Politics and religion – never talk about them. At least that’s what I learned growing up. As a Marine Combat Vet, who was fed the big lie about our involvement in Vietnam, i have the right and the obligation to speak out – I fought (in theory at least) in part, to protect our constitution – isn’t freedom of choice, especially with religion and speech a big part of the basis of the US? Its a matter of choice – that’s what I advocate – and none are better than another – be it a religion, a race, or a political lively debate.

    Semper Peace! and good piece Mike!

    Chuck

    • Tom Dillman  February 6, 2010 at 7:01 am

      Good answer, Chuck.

  27. Kon  February 4, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    This just goes to prove that religion causes all major conflicts. And if you yell at me because of that, it just furthers my point. This is coming from an avid atheist.

    And don’t try to yell at me. This is the first and only time I have ever come to this site. Nothing you say will ever get back to me.

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