Good News

Remember the fallen Wiccan soldier who was being denied a memorial? Well, after his wife fought for over a year with the government, he’s finally got one.

Roberta Stewart, widow of Sgt. Patrick Stewart, and Wiccan leaders said it was the first government-issued memorial plaque with a Wiccan pentacle, a five-pointed star enclosed in a circle.

More than 50 friends and family dedicated the plaque at Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Fernley, Nev., about 45 miles east of Reno.

…Patrick Stewart and four other soldiers died Sept. 25, 2005, when their Chinook helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan. He was posthumously awarded a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart.
Call me crazy, but when people give their lives serving this country, I don’t give a shit what they or their families want put on their memorials—a cross, a crescent, a star, a pickle, a trombone, a picture of Abe Vigoda. I really don’t care, because that’s exactly the kind of freedom for which they ostensibly died in the first place.

(Thanks to Shaker Angela for passing that along.)

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