The Wiccan pentacle has been added to the list
of emblems allowed in national cemeteries and on government-issued headstones of
fallen soldiers, according to a settlement announced Monday, Apr 23, 2007. The
pentacle has been added to 38 symbols the VA already permits on gravestones.
They include commonly recognized symbols for Christianity, Buddhism, Islam and
Judaism, as well as those for smaller religions such as Sufism Reoriented,
Eckiankar and the Japanese faith Seicho-No-Ie. "This settlement has forced the
Bush Administration into acknowledging that there are no second class religions
in America, including among our nation's veterans," said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn,
director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, which
represented the Wiccans in the lawsuit.
Kindling the Celtic Spirit: Ancient Traditions to Illumine your Life through the
Seasons by Mara Freeman (Harper, Dec. 2000).
In this beautiful must-have compendium of all things Celtic, Celtophiles
will discover myths, rituals, recipes, and crafts that
range from richly detailed to stunningly simple. Traditional
blessings, greetings, toasts, ancient lore, and guided meditations inspire
readers to reconnect with the rhythms of the natural world, and view the
sacred as an integral part of each day. Chalice Productions also produces
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