MADISON, Wisconsin (AP) -- The Wiccan pentacle has been added to the list of emblems allowed in national cemeteries and on government-issued headstones of fallen soldiers, according to a settlement announced Monday.
A settlement between the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Wiccans adds the five-pointed star to the list of "emblems of belief" allowed on VA grave markers.
Eleven families nationwide are waiting for grave markers with the pentacle, said Selena Fox, a Wiccan high priestess with Circle Sanctuary in Barneveld, Wisconsin, a plaintiff in the lawsuit.
The settlement calls for the pentacle, whose five points represent earth, air, fire, water and spirit, to be placed on grave markers within 14 days for those who have pending requests with the VA.
Wicca is a nature-based religion based on respect for the earth, nature and the cycle of the seasons.
Thursday, April 26, 2007
Pentacle accepted by VA
Finally we're getting some fairness from the government with regard to bereaved families and the religion of fallen military people. Here's an excerpt from a CNN article entitled "Wiccan symbol OK for soldiers' graves":
Of course the previous objection was that the pentacle represented the devil and that's understandable, in a way, because Hollywood has sensationalized the symbol in horror films. But Wiccans don't even believe in the devil. I'm glad they've finally gotten some justice.