Contact Us

May Day May Day…Witch on Watch

pagans-air-force-academy
Getty Images

The Air Force has officially signaled its support of people with alternative religious beliefs. What are the alternative religions? Pagans, Druids, Wiccans, Witches and followers of Native American faiths are now welcome to practice just as mainstream believers can.

The Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO, dedicated an $80,000 outdoor worship center this year, in order to provide a place where the .1 percent of its student body with “Earth-based” belief systems can practice their religions. The Cadet Chapel Falcon Circle, a small, Stonehenge-like circle of boulders that sits high on a hill and surrounds a propane fire pit, is no different at the academy than the chapel rooms that were converted into worship spaces in the past for cadets of Muslim, Buddhist and Hindu faiths.

According to Chaplain Major Darren Duncan, the branch chief of cadet faith communities at the academy, “We’re here to accommodate all religions, period.” He considers their policy not religious tolerance, but a First Amendment issue. He says that if the military is to defend the Constitution, it should also be upholding its guarantee of religious freedom. “We think we are setting the standard,” said Duncan.

The academy also requires that all cadets take courses in understanding the religions of those who may someday fall under their command, and other branches of the military are taking note. Duncan says he’s received calls from West Point and Annapolis about replicating the Air Force’s efforts.

Of the academy’s 4,300 current cadets, 3 practice paganism, 11 are Muslim, 16 are Buddhist, 10 are Hindu and 43 are self-identified atheists. Duncan says the beliefs of all are to be respected.

More from newstalkkit.com

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://newstalkkit.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on News Talk KIT quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here.

Sign up for an account to comment, share your thoughts, and earn points to get great prizes.

Register on News Talk KIT quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!