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Bush Administration Agrees To Approve Wiccan Pentacle For Veteran Memorials
Monday, April 23, 2007

Settlement In Americans United Lawsuit Comes After Discovery Of A Pattern Of Bias Against Minority Faith

The Bush administration has conceded that Wiccans are entitled to have the pentacle, the symbol of their faith, inscribed on government-issued memorial markers for deceased veterans, Americans United for Separation of Church and State announced today.

The settlement agreement, filed today with the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin, brings to a successful conclusion a lawsuit Americans United brought against the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in November.

The litigation charged that denying a pentacle to deceased Wiccan service personnel, while granting religious symbols to those of other traditions, violated the U.S. Constitution.



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Apr. 23rd, 2007 05:56 pm (UTC)
It is about damn time.
Apr. 23rd, 2007 06:44 pm (UTC)
I love the way the writer puts it - they "conceded"...
OK OK I won't quibble - it is a win and it is a good thing!

Apr. 23rd, 2007 06:50 pm (UTC)
Ah, "conceded" is the perfect word - it is a "puts them in their place" kind of word. :-)

And maybe it is a legal term for giving in in short measure.
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