Friday, July 14, 2006

Wiccan Symbol Far From Getting VA's Approval

The widow of a Nevada Army National Guard member killed last year in Afghanistan met with a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs official Wednesday to try to get her husband's Wiccan symbol of faith approved for his memorial plaque.

Roberta Stewart, wife of Sgt. Patrick Stewart, met with William Tuerk, undersecretary for memorial affairs within the veterans department, but was told no action on approving the Wiccan pentacle, a five-pointed star, for use in veterans cemeteries would be taken anytime soon.

Tuerk would not offer a timeline, and Stewart said her only option now is to file a lawsuit on First Amendment grounds. Full Story

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