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Cross Found At AF Academy Wicca Center!

From an outraged Los Angeles Times:

Cross found at Air Force Academy’s Wicca center

The opening of the worship area at the Colorado Springs academy had been hailed as a step for religious tolerance.

By DeeDee Correll

February 3, 2010

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.”

If we didn’t know better, we would just assume this article was satire. It gets harder to tell with each passing day.

But speaking of Earth-centric religions, hasn’t anyone ever noticed how much wind turbines look like Christian crosses? How wind farms look like a sea of crucifixes?

Shouldn’t someone tell the ACLU?

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

20 Responses to “Cross Found At AF Academy Wicca Center!”

  1. canary says:

    Don’t worry little wiccans just hug the cross as you do the trees. Odie will whisper in your ears, just like with all your other rituals. I wonder what strange voices Odie whispers to troops in Afganistan? Maybe wiccans should ask Odie to whisper in the terrorists ears. Some reporter should do an indept article into the wiccan war beliefs.

    Obama practiced voo doo & witchcraft his step-father
    who practiced both muslim & hindu taught him. A lesser crime, was eating certain animals to gain their power. Obama wrote he hid the witchcraft from mother, and left it out of letters he wrote his grandparents in HA. No telling what rebellious Obama did in secret, that still may run through his veins.

  2. GetBackJack says:

    Horrors! The angry push back of the Crusaders has begun! Look to your camels.

    Here’s a butt grabber for you pagans.

    Genetic manipulation in this age of crazy effing scientists working towards a Post-Human future of transhumanism have proven they are now able to resurrect the DNA of dinosaurs and extinct plant and animal species. Transgenic experiments are an every day thing, and the results are becoming flawless.

    The chief archaeologist of Egypt’s Antiquities Council is certain they have found the tomb and sarcophagus of Osiris. They believe they have the actual remains of Osiris.

    Put two and two together.

    Since the return of the Dying And Rising god is the aim of almost every occult theology on the planet (under as many names and labels as the Chinese products we buy that are the same thing with different labels), including the pagan gods, the god who is meant to rule the earth after the earth is cleansed of Jesus Believers …. well, you may soon get to revel and dance all you want … in light of the busy busy hands working to resurrect the living form of that god known as Osiris.

    Just a little somethin-somethin for Wednesday morning.

    (and all factual btw)

    • tranquil.night says:

      As a fellow observor of the completely insane, I support this message.

      The dirty little secret is that Paganism/Pantheism, Islam, and Judeo-Christianity probably converge back in the time of Genesis. The Isis/Osiris/Set(h) influence on the Old Testament ties the clearest through Seth (Egyptian underworld), the third mentioned son other than Cain and Abel (no comment on parallels for the other two).

      Anyway, Canary as GBJ said “the return of the Dying And Rising god is the aim.” So I imagine Odie’s whispers constantly are “death,” as death is their supreme unifier and source of universal order/meaning.

      Christ’s message of eternal life runs contrary to ‘logic’ of spiritual naturalism.

      The order of life / the cult of death and the ideological division is never more clear than when examining abortion. There’s not going to be compromise; there will be victory.

      I love that someone left a cross at the Circle of Power. Just like vampires, hear them hiss at just the sight of it.

    • GetBackJack says:

      Amen, TN

  3. U NO HOO says:

    “a cross, constructed of railroad ties,”

    Was Casey Jones a Wiccan?

  4. jobeth says:

    “But speaking of Earth-centric religions, hasn’t anyone ever noticed how much wind turbines look like Christian crosses? How wind farms look like a sea of crucifixes?

    Next it will be door removal at the Academy.

    I have the type of doors that have panels, and every time I see them I see a cross in the upper part of the door. Being a Christian I love that is reminds me of Jesus.

    I can just imagine the Academy changing all the doors if the wiccans are “offended”.

    If a Christian is offended by the wiccan’s stones on God’s grass, can he demand they move them? Thought not.

    Sarcasm aside, I can see the point of respecting other’s right to their own religions and not ‘defiling’ their worship place, but for pete’s sake get over it. It was dealt with. Just move on.

    I expect the wiccans wanted a big hullabaloo made of the issue…especially against those nasty mean Christians!…I mean the muslims get that accommodated! It’s only fair. (/sarc)

    • JohnMG says:

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

      Yep. Why not? I mean, it worked out so well at Fort Hood didn’t it? The terrorist Major was just “practicing his faith” when he chose to shoot up the place. Give ’em a break, already!! (Need I indicate extreme sarcasm?)

    • catie says:

      Jobeth, being the dork that I am, those were actually constructed as “Christian doors” in the early days of our country. The bottom panels signify the open bible and the top signifies the Cross. The reason I know this useless information is I had to take an Historical Architecture class as part of my Masters degree in History.
      As for this crazy story, I wouldn’t put it past the ACLU to have done this themselves.

    • jobeth says:

      Catie…Cool! I like that!

      I had better go out and stock up for a replacement for my doors….once the atheists find out about this they will be whining that we have to get rid of them. lol

      In my bedroom I have two closet doors separated by about 3 feet of wall. On that small section of wall is a plain wooden cross. Its the first thing I see each morning, those 3 crosses…Very reassuring…to me at least.

  5. NoNeoCommies says:

    The cross is such a simple symbol.
    Just place two sticks (or ties) on each other at ~90 a degree angle.
    Even easier, just take paint and make 2 lines that are perpendicular.
    Think of the endless entertainment that would result from taggers putting crosses on everything that doesn’t move.

  6. U NO HOO says:

    Remember “The Long Gray Line” episode where the cadets did an experiment to see if they could predict where the water pipe would break if all faucets were turned off at the same time?

    Maybe some Air Force cadets (Colorado Springs wouldn’t take me) are just doing a psychological experiment.

    Trying to see which officer breaks first.

  7. U NO HOO says:

    I don’t get it, railroad ties are wood, which grows in the ground, and we are spending a billion dollars to parallel an already existing interstate highway, I-4, with a RAILROAD, so the cross is just homaging the earth in a very symbolic way.

    At least the cross wasn’t burning and putting co2 into the already over burdened atmosphere.

    Just saying…

  8. Right of the People says:

    Q: “What floats besides wood?”
    A: “Witches do!”

    (From Monty Python and the Holy Grail for the uninitiated)

  9. tyroneshoelaces says:

    Curious, does anyone know how many (if any) wiccans there are in the academy or is this just PC gone bananas?

  10. proreason says:

    I want to know who the Wiccan is at the Air Force Academy, if there is one.

    And the more I read about this, the more pissed off I’m getting that there isn’t commensurate attention and respect being paid to the Zoroasterians.

  11. melissa_fx says:

    Just a few thoughts:
    Mistake #1, by the Air Force, telling everyone where the Wiccan circle was, Mistake #2, would be telling the ACLU anything. What the Wiccans really want out of this is a place to practice their religion without undue interference by others, the same as the Christians who wouldn’t want their church services disrupted in the middle of the service, say by Jehovah’s Witnesses shouting them down. You know, that 1st Amendment thing. The incident described above is just some jacka$$ Christian wanting to play a prank, which should be ignored the same way when someone throws eggs at a church. Deal with it, don’t have a cow, leave the ACLU, OSI, lawyers, etc., out of it and move on. Wiccans have every reason to be loyal US citizens and serve America proudly, unlike say Major Hasan… They deserve the same respect any of our military service members do, and the same freedom of worship. They are not necessarily all Democrats and don’t all support Obama or left wing causes. Because of past incidents, (Salem, Mass. 1600’s) smart Wiccans don’t let the gov’t , Christians, or anyone else know who they are, better safe than sorry. After they have died in honorable service, then you will know. (see the cemetery story above)
    P.S. Obama’s not a wiccan, self worship doesn’t count!!!!

    • Helena says:

      “The incident described above is just some jacka$$ Christian wanting to play a prank, which should be ignored the same way when someone throws eggs at a church. Deal with it, don’t have a cow, leave the ACLU, OSI, lawyers, etc., out of it and move on.”


      “P.S. Obama’s not a wiccan, self worship doesn’t count!!!!”


  12. TerryAnne says:

    I really can’t help but laugh at this article. It’s so sad.

    I’ll add a few things, though:

    As a person who went through AF Basic Training 12 years ago, wiccans/pagans are nothing new to the service. In fact, when us Christians went to our serivce on Sunday mornings, they too would go to service.

    Do these wiccans/pagans at what is thought of as one of America’s greatest higher education institutions learn about the history of their religion? Maybe the critical piece that Stonehenge and other stone circles found in England are now believed to have been calendars that displayed the wealth of the city…and had nothing to do with rituals? This cracks me up!

    Finally – did this guy really compare the laying of a cross at a wiccan site to someone placing a swastika on a tabernacle? I mean…really? I don’t remember learning about how those supposed witches in Salem had to wear yellow crosses on their dresses, but I could be blocking out that obviously horrible thought.

  13. Meg10 says:

    Seriously, they’re comparing swastikas to crosses? Does anyone else see the absurdity of this?
    Where the Cross represents God’s self-sacrificial love for His children, the triumph over death itself and God’s gift of eternal life to all humanity, the swastika represents unspeakable evil, hatred, and the murder of millions of innocent people.

    The Wiccans absolutely have a right to be upset about the desecration of their worship site, but let’s just keep things in it’s proper perspective here… a cross is hardly a swastika. It was a foolish act and the perpetrators should be held liable, but a cross at a Wiccan site is hardly the message of hate that a swastika in a Jewish temple would convey.

  14. Meg10 says:

    To Christians… stop hampering the Gospel with foolish, self-defeating acts of defiance. Our greatest commandment is to love (God above all else and our neighbors as ourselves). How can you reach anyone for Christ if you don’t love them? Respect and love go hand and hand.

    To Wiccans… don’t worship creation, worship the Creator.

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