Friday, January 29, 2010

Witching hour at the AFA

Posted By on Fri, Jan 29, 2010 at 3:58 PM

You may want to sit down before you read this.

The U.S. Air Force Academy is constructing a worship circle for Earth-centered religions on the hill overlooking the Cadet Chapel and Visitors Center.

Seriously. We kid you not. It's supposed to be finished on March 10. If you don't believe us, you can check here.

Tech. Sgt. Brandon Longcrier, who identifies as a witch (meaning he has pagan and earth-worshipping beliefs, not that he can fly on a broom), is quoted as saying:

"There really haven't been any obstacles for the new circle. The chaplain's office has been 100-percent supportive."


So anyway, in case you didn't already know, the AFA hasn't exactly earned a reputation for tolerance.

There was the Mikey Weinstein debacle a few years ago. Weinstein (who along with his dad and sons represents three generations of military academy graduates) was enraged when his son told him that he was being harassed while attending the AFA. The young man said he had been called, among other things, "a fucking Jew." Weinstein went for the jugular, and ended up embarrassing the AFA into some reforms.

Still, last year AFA officials refused to allow atheist writer Christopher Hitchens to speak on campus last year.

And let's face it, the military as a whole doesn't have the greatest reputation on these issues. The AFA Web page, for instance, notes that a pagan worship circle was built in Fort Hood, Texas in 1999.

"The Fort Hood Open Circle was vandalized on four separate occasions from 1999 to 2000, including an incident Oct. 27, 2000, in which the half-ton limestone altar was destroyed outright," the site notes.

So if anyone sees a bulldozer on the hill above the Chapel, I guess we'll know why.

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