Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Wiccans Say First Amendment Rights Violated

The Wiccan organization Circle Sanctuary claims that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has violated the First Amendment by refusing to approve the Wiccan Pentacle for use as an emblem of belief on the burial headstones and markers of servicemen and women.

The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution stipulates that "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof "

Circle Sanctuary states that it and other Wiccan organizations have requested the use of the Pentacle since 1997, but that the VA has either ignored the groups or lied to them while other emblems were being approved. Full Story

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