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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Colorado's Air Force Academy Adds Its Own Stonehenge

The United States Air Force Academy added a stone circle for followers of Nature-based religions to use for worship. The USAF Academy already has places of worship for Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Catholics, and more; the stone circle will serve several religions including Wicca, Druidism, and more - religions which hold Nature in higher esteem than others, even if not considered the central authority. A March 10th initiation ceremony will be held, after which the circle will be open for use.

Tech. Sgt. Brandon Longcrier said he faced few obstacles in getting the clearance to establish the circle, though Pagans faced a lot of religious intolerance from their fellow servicemen in earlier years. In 1999, the Sacred Well Congregation established a similar circle of worship at Fort Hood. Between 1999 and 2000, the circle was repeatedly vandalized; in October of 2000, the half-ton limestone altar was completely destroyed.

Just last year, a Muslim opened fire at Fort Hood, killing several before he was shot and paralyzed. The shooter cited religious intolerance as his motivation.

© C Harris Lynn, 2010

1 comment:

  1. Christians defiled the site by placing a cross on it. The incident was mentioned in passing at an Academy meeting. Needless to say, no action will be taken.