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Bob Barr: Community Letters Page 1

Author: Pagan Communities
Posted: May 20th. 1999
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Bob Barr Bullish on Bigotry...

Witches and Pagans respond to Rep. Bob Barr - Page #1

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    - IN your press release you refer to George Washington and the paintings. Are you going to also say that Jews cannot serve in the military because they must have their prayer shawls with them? What about the Moslems in the military and their call to prayer that happens five times a day? Are we restricting their religious freedoms while they serve in the military also? And Buddhists, Hindus and any other religion.

    The Constitution simply reads "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

    There is nothing in there about "as long as it's in the military" or "if you only practice Christianity". That means ANY law prohibiting the free exercise of the religious practices of the people. Plain and simple.- Charlayne Denney.

    - WHETHER you think so or not, it {Witchcraft} is a religion, just as much as Christianity or any other. In fact, it predates the Judeo-Christian religions by millenia, as we trace our roots back to tribal times. We wish no harm to you or anyone else. All we want is to practice our religion in peace.- Dolfijn.

    -BEFORE you continue on this unconstitutional quest to restrict the religious freedom of the men and women you say you are trying to protect, I would strongly urge you to review the law. You personally may disagree with the Wiccan Religion. That is your freedom, and your right as a citizen, thanks to the First Amendment. All that I ask is that, as a public servant, you remember your own oath and uphold the Constitution and allow these men and women the freedom to worship the divine as they choose.- Richard W. Eicher, Jr., Former USA, USAFA, PAARNG.

    - YOU may say that nowhere did you state Wiccans could not serve in our armed forces, but that is -in essence- what you are advocating when you tell us that we can serve but only if we don't worship according to the dictates of our faith. No one has asked for anything unreasonable. All we want is to be allowed to stand side-by-side with our Christian, Jewish, Hindu and Buddhist brothers and sisters in the Armed Forces and defend the United States of America. Please retract that your statements, admit they were a mistake and let our Pagan military men and women serve this Nation in peace.- Sylvan SilverNight.

    - PAGANISM is a nature-loving, life-affirming way of life that fosters individual responsibility and personal growth, not an evil practice that seeks to destroy anyone else's religion, way of life or government.

    "If the practice of witchcraft, such as is allowed now at Fort Hood, is permitted to stand, one wonders what paintings will grace the walls of future generations," you {Bob Barr} wrote.

    Why should you imply that Pagans would have anything different than George Washington? I have had the Chicago skyline, legendary King Arthur, pictures of Marilyn Monroe and J.W. Waterhouse's paintings on my walls, along with the American, Marine Corps and Irish flags. What would you think I'd have? Charred bodies? Demons? Unicorns? Please. I ask you to speak not from fear and ignorance, but seek love and understanding. It may be much to ask, but it's my duty as a concerned Pagan citizen of this country to request it.- Jen.

    - IT IS especially ironic to deny the Constitutionally guaranteed right to practice religion to those same brave people that put their lives on the line so everyone in this country can have the freedoms that they are denied.

    Wicca has nothing to do with satanic activity. It is made up of ordinary people that just happen to worship differently than you do. It is a religion of love and reverence towards the Earth, and of tolerance of other ways.

    I would ask that you extend to Wiccans the same courtesy that you would want extended to yourself if you were not in the majority.- silvermoon.

    - A FEW facts about Wicca, Representative Barr: Wicca is the fastest growing religion within the United States and throughout the world. Numbers of Wiccans range in the hundred thousands to the millions. Unfortunately for you, we are not planning on giving up our rights so easily. We Wiccans are well-versed in laws, and we will fight (as our forefathers did) to have our rights defended. Unless you plan on taking part in such a battle, I suggest you retract your comments, sir.- Rev. Lady Garnet, Wiccan Priestess.

    - I AM writing you as an American first, but also as a man of the cloth, a part of Atlanta's information economy, and a neo-pagan. I am writing to protest your decision to oppose military sponsored neo-pagan rites.

    At present, the United States Armed Forces supports services for all manner of Christian denominations, including Roman Catholicism and Mormonism, two denominations which, to say the least, are somewhat controversial in many circles. The US Armed Forces also supports services for Jews, Muslims, Buddhists and Hindus -- paid for by taxpayer dollars. Let us assume that this is a reasonable expenditure for our government to make for our armed forces, in order to preserve the morale and spiritual strength of our troops.

    This being the case, I fail to see why neo-pagans such as Wiccans are not worth the same expenditure.- Mike Smith

    - PERHAPS you are unware of the fact that there are many Pagans that honorably serve and fight for this great country and the freedoms that it was founded on. As such, their *right* to their religion and the practice of their religious beliefs are at the core of their freedoms. As such, the DoD has given them the same right and ability to practice their faith, as it would give a Christian, Jewish, Muslim, or Buddhist soldier.

    You swore an oath to uphold and defend this Constitution, which includes this amendment. Revoke your demand to remove the religious rights of our men and women in uniform, and confirm your committment to your oath and the principles our great nation was founded on.- Patrick.

    - One would think that an individual elected to a public office would be required to have a basic understanding of the Constitution of the United States and the Bill of Rights. One would also think that an official elected to a public office would be interested in preserving these basic rights that have served this nation for so long and so well, standing up again and again to the pragmatic, self-serving, ramblings of obviously uninformed individuals. The religion of "Wicca" has been recognized by the US Army since 1947! This is not a "recent" event. As far as the Supreme Court decision mentioned in the article (Goldman vs Weinberger,475 US 503) I fail to see how this applies except to strengthen the obvious "right" decision of the military to promote tolerance and acceptance of the diversity of the cultures upon which this country was founded. History shows us that intolerance and religous persecution have been the underlying cause of so many serious problems in this country and through out the world. Indeed, the recent , tragic events in Colorado were apparently fueled by the intolerance and social disgracing that has become an integral part of the typical school in this country. Where do our children learn this behaviour?>From us. From the news. From reading about elected officials that demand that a excellent example of tolerance and acceptance of our diversity be stopped. As we enter into a new millenium we should reflect upon the lessons of history and promote acceptance and understanding of the diversity of the human condition. It seems the military,in its wisdom,is doing its part, now if we could just get the elected officials to follow this fine example of tolerance and acceptance. - Christopher Gross.

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