Thank you, Jesus Goddess! Pagan, earth worshipping, Goddess-loving, heathen, Esbat-dancing, Sabbat singing, cone-of-power raising witches, Druids and Others of Our Ilk who have enlisted in the United States Air Force Academy now get a place to worship. Blessed be!
The Air Force Academy chapel will add a worship area for followers of Earth-centered religions during a dedication ceremony, which is tentatively scheduled to be held at the circle March 10.
The circle, located atop the hill overlooking the Cadet Chapel and Visitor Center, will be the latest addition to a collection of worship areas that includes Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, Muslim and Buddhist sacred spaces.
Tech. Sgt. Brandon Longcrier, NCO in charge of the Academy’s Astronautics laboratories, worked with the chapel to create the official worship area for both cadets and other servicemembers in the Colorado Springs area who practice Earth-centered spirituality.
“Feel free to check the site out, but treat it as you would any other religious structure,” he said.
Chaplain (Lt. Col.) William Ziegler, Cadet Wing chaplain said:
“Every servicemember is charged with defending freedom for all Americans, and that includes freedom to practice our religion of choice or, for that matter, not to practice any faith at all. Being in the military isn’t just a job — it’s a calling. We all take an oath to support and defend the Constitution, and that means we’ve all sworn to protect one another’s religious liberties. We all put on our uniforms the same way; we’re all Airmen first.
Five years ago there were reports of intolerance at the Academy, and at Ft Hood in Texas, where an Pagan worship area was repeatedly vandalized and then destroyed.
Um, seriously, that pisses off Cthulhu. And you don’t wan to do that!