Thursday, July 06, 2006

On memorials and respecting the beliefs of the military dead

Wonderful post and an even more interesting set of comments over at Shakespeare's Sister discussing the US Department of Veterans Affairs' refusal to allow a memorial brass plaque for Sgt. Patrick D. Stewart to include the symbol of his religion. His religion has been recognised by the federal courts since 1986, and prisons across the country also treat it as a legitimate faith, as indeed does the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. military itself.

His religion? Wicca.

It's a fascinating story and even more fascinating debate (watch out for the knots that The Phantom especially gets tied up in during the hailstorm of comments).

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