I was overjoyed to learn that the Air Force Academy near Colorado Springs, Colorado has built a permanent outdoor worship area for those who practice pagan and earth centered religions. The stone circle was consecrated on December 21, 2009 and is scheduled to be formally designated as a Pagan Chapel in March 2010. Fort Hood, in Texas, has had such an area for its servicemen and women for some time.

The Academy noted the creation on its web site. Stating:

The Air Force Academy chapel will add a worship area for followers of Earth-centered religions during a dedication ceremony, which is tentatively scheduled to be held at the circle March 10.

The circle, located atop the hill overlooking the Cadet Chapel and Visitor Center, will be the latest addition to a collection of worship areas that includes Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, Muslim and Buddhist sacred spaces.

The Daily Kos reported as follows in part:

In recent weeks, there has been a pretty steady stream of articles reporting on the much improved religious climate at the U.S. Air Force Academy, many highlighting the addition to the campus of a permanent outdoor worship area for those who practice Wicca and other Earth-centered religions.

And goes on:

This all sounds great, right? Problem solved. No more Christian supremacy at the Air Force Academy. A new era of complete respect and equality has been ushered in. Well, not quite. A photo sent to MRFF tells a somewhat different story. Take a look at the message left by some of the Academy’s brave, anonymous Christian supremacists who recently decided to pay a little visit to the new worship site.

 

As for me, I wonder how these brave Christian Soldiers would react if a group of Wiccans hung a pentacle on their church door? The outrage would be horrific. It will never happen though. WE don’t do things like this to the worship areas of other religions.

I’m dashing this post off in the middle of the night and as you can see haven’t the brain-power tonight to put my feeling into words properly. Here are some links if you want to learn more. I will write more on the topic in another post.

New York Times Article

Associated Press Article

LA Times Article  

Aurora Sentinel Article

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