Thursday, February 18, 2010

Barring religious freedom on base

Posted By on Thu, Feb 18, 2010 at 9:39 AM

The bewitching Bob Barr
  • The bewitching Bob Barr
In a decidely un-Libertarian move, Bob Barr, the 2008 Libertarian Party nominee for president, former U.S. Representative and federal prosecutor, has spoken out against all the religous acceptance at the U.S. Air Force Academy.

In his blog, "The Barr Code," Barr states that the AFA's installation of a pagan worship circle is "truly hilarious." He goes on to state, "[I]f I were in the Air Force and was being commanded by an officer who practices hedonism as a religion (another part of the definition of “pagan”), and who dances around a circle of stones in the woods carrying a lighted candle, I would be more than a little worried about following him into battle."

That rant inspired commenter "Sean Burke" to quip, "As opposed to a belief that a great man in the sky produced a human son through virgin birth who can be consumed every seven days in the form of wafers and wine? The fact I voted for you in 2008 now embarrasses me."

According to Sgt. Brandon Longcrier, who heads a pagan group on the AFA campus, the blog post has created quite a stir locally. There are well over 200 comments on the blog post.

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