I’m still fuming over watching the East Tennessee Conservatives, especially David Oatney, rake Coble over the coals (and question her religious sincerity) because she dares point out that Stacey Campfield is an elected official and, as such, has still to follow the rules of the State and Country and can’t just do whatever the hell he wants and never get called on it.
Unchecked power is not your reward for being elected.
Sadly, the amount of folks who don’t understand this is not limited to the meaner portions of the East Tennessee conservative bloggers. Check this story. Finally, Wiccans who serve and die for their country will be able to have a pentacle, an important religious symbol to them, on their gravestones.
Why, when thirty-eight other religions have their symbols represented did Wicca not?
Americans United’s attorneys uncovered evidence that the VA’s refusal to recognize the Pentacle was motivated by bias toward the Wiccan faith. President George W. Bush, when he was governor of Texas, had opposed the right of Wiccans to meet at a military base in that state. Bush’s opinion of Wiccans was taken into consideration when making decisions on whether to approve the Pentacle. [emphasis mine]
Hello, America? Are you made of idiots? George Bush is a powerful man, yes, but he is the President of the United States; he’s not the king; he’s not the supreme dictator. It doesn’t matter if George Bush personally hates Wiccans; you don’t get to take that into account when deciding whether to approve their religious symbol for use. He’s just the President. He’s not guaranteed a country in which he will never encounter anything he finds unpleasant or offensive.
Anyway, congratulations to the Wiccans.