Your browser does not support script
TWV Presents...



Military Pagans

[Show all]


Views: 841,358


Year: 2007 ...

4th of July Pagan Religious Rights Rally and Ritual


Year: 2003 ...

Support for Our Troops

The Elephant In Our Circles: Pagans, Tolerance And The War In Iraq.

How To Send Help And Aid To The Troops


Year: 2002 ...

Veteran's Day


Year: 2000 ...

The Witches of Gulfport- JAG (comments Pg.1)

The Witches of Gulfport- JAG (comments Pg.2)


Year: 1999 ...

Bob Barr: Witch Hunt 1999 - Week one

Bob Barr: MPN Prayer Circle in Wash. Dc.

Bob Barr: MPN Press Release

Bob Barr: Witch Hunt 1999 - Week two

Bob Barr: Community Letters Page 1

Bob Barr: Bob Tries Again

Bob Barr: A Community Fights Back!!

Bob Barr: A Wrant from Wren

Bob Barr: Community Letters Page 2

Bob Barr: A Wrant from Fritz


NOTE: For a complete list of articles related to this chapter... Visit the Main Index FOR this section.












Article Specs

Article ID: 2397

VoxAcct: 1

Section: military

Age Group: Adult

Days Up: 5,583

Times Read: 13,144

Bob Barr: Witch Hunt 1999 - Week two

Author: Wren
Posted: June 18th. 1999
Times Viewed: 13,144

6/6/99 UPDATE: Barr Says He'll "Try Again And Again."

A GENUINE WITCH HUNT- By Joe Holley, US News

Georgia congressman Bob Barr targets the Army's approval of pagan religious groups

When fire-breathing Rep. Bob Barr called for President Clinton's impeachment before anyone had even heard of Monica Lewinsky, critics called it a witch hunt. But this time Barr's targets really are witches.

The Republican congressman from Georgia is incensed at the Pentagon for allowing pagan rituals to be practiced on U.S. military bases. And he's determined to put the kibosh on it.

A Defense Department official says that it would be unconstitutional for the dod to "evaluate or judge the merits of specific faiths." The only ground rules: that all religious services adhere to health and safety standards and maintain "good order and discipline."

But Barr begs to differ.

He recently tried to amend a defense authorization bill to prohibit the practice of Wicca or any other form of witchcraft at Defense Department facilities. The measure was nixed on procedural grounds.

But Barr says he'll try again and again. That's the sort of spell that only a congressman can cast.--FULL STORY: WITCH HUNT

6/4/99 UPDATE: Barr Tries Stealth Amendment To Outlaw Wicca On Military Bases

Bob Barr Tries To Add Anti-wiccan Amendment Onto To Defense Spending Bill
Amendments tabled.

Barbells, no witches proposed for Defense-By Philippe Shepnick, The Hill
(http://www.hillnews.com/)

The $290 billion defense bill allowed lawmakers to fund Stealth bombers and tanks, but for Rep. Bob Barr (R-Ga.), it also meant a chance to keep witches and peyote out of the barracks and bunkers.

Barr's two amendments to the defense appropriations bill would outlaw the practice of Wicca -- a form of witchcraft that worships nature -- and the use of the hallucinogenic drug, peyote, on military bases.

Barr's amendments have been at least temporarily shelved, and the FY 2000 Department of Defense (DOD) bill is in limbo after being pulled Thursday.

But the riders are an example of what some criticize as unnecessary legislative intervention in the nitty-gritty details of a broader bill. Often that intervention takes the form of "pork" which some say involves excessive spending, but others say is being responsive to constituent needs.

In contrast, Barr's provisions banning the practice of Wicca and the use of peyote are not designed to help any particular constituent.

He warned that allowing the practice of Wicca religion, a form of witchcraft that dates back to pre-Christian Europe, "sets us down a slippery slope," and added, "The notion that military officers are allowed to practice witchcraft is unbecoming."

Barr saw no constitutional obstacles. He noted that the courts have recognized there are different rules of behavior in military life than in civilian life. Political activity is not allowed on bases, he said.

Barr was unimpressed by the fact that some bases, such as Fort Hood in Texas, have allowed the practice of Wicca for three years without any problems. "I perceive it as a problem," he said. "I have not talked with [the DOD] about it - they may just think it's great. Therein lies part of the problem. We're placing people in command of these installations who either agree with this or feel powerless to stop it."

That's also what prompted Barr to introduce the peyote amendment. He said the DOD is crafting language that would allow the drug to be used for religious purposes. The drug is used in some American Indian religions.

(NOTE: The above article is not on-line at The Hill. The following was received from The Hill editor: "I am responding to your inquiry about the article on Wiccan. We did have
one. It was inside the paper and was not on our Web site. In the very near future, our Web site will be more complete. In the meantime, following is the story."-- This information was forwarded to us by the MAGICKAL CAULDRON staff and Lady Galadriel, (RealLadyG@aol.com) national membership officer of Covenant of the Goddess.)

RELATED INFORMATION:

SELENA FOX of LADY LIBERTY LEAGUE reports the following:

"I just got off the telephone from a staffer from Rep. Tammy Baldwin's office.

The anti-Witch amendment is dead. It was shelved due to not being germane to the bill to which it was attached. She told me it is not presently part of the Bill even in a tentative way.

I still think that it would be good for Wiccans and others Pagans communicate with their elected representatives regarding religious freedom issues pertaining to Wiccans in the US Military in case Barr tries something else." (NOTE: LLL is trying to locate the text of these amendments. Visit the LLL site for continuing updates.)

WREN CHIRPS IN: Good point, Selena! Please consider sending your Senators and Representatives a letter asking them to continue to support religious freedom for all. Contrary to Bob Barr's statement, this isn't about "political activity" on military bases--this is about the freedom to worship as you please, whenever and most importantly WHEREVER you please.It is your right.Help protect it.

CONTACT INFO:

THE US SENATE WEB SITE: SENATE

THE US HOUSE WEB SITE: HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

CONTACTING THE CONGRESS

WASHINGTON POST: CONGRESSIONAL GUIDE

HOMETOWN AMERICA: GOVERNMENT CONTACT DIECTORY

LOCATE AND WRITE YOUR REP: REP LOCATOR

List of Congressional officials and websites by state: ELECTRONIC ACTIVIST



Witches Confront Barr At Town Meeting

WITCHES BREW UP PROTEST FOR BARR MEETING-By Steve Visser, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Rep. Bob Barr preached to the choir at a town meeting Saturday, but he still contended with a chorus of witches in between the "amens" that favored banning Wiccan religion on military bases.

The Georgia Republican fielded questions from Witches, Christians and other constituents in a packed room at a Cobb County library in Marietta. Barr criticized the commander of Fort Hood this month for allowing a Wiccan rite on the Texas Army base.

Barr told the crowd of 120 that Wicca threatened to erode military discipline--a fear not uttered publicly by military commanders--and the First Amendment needed to take a back seat to that concern.

Barr would leave it to elected leaders to decide which religions could be practiced in the military, he said, adding that it wasn't unreasonable to ban Wicca services on a military base while permitting worship by Christians, Jews and Muslims. FULL STORY: BARR

RELATED NEWS ITEM: The Magickal Cauldron Report

Elected Officials Will Determine Which Faiths Can Be Practiced on Military Bases-The Magickal Cauldron

Saturday, May 29th, at the Marietta Main Branch Library, approximately 40-50 Wiccans and Pagans attended Rep. Bob Barr's Town Hall meeting. We were hard to see, for the majority of us dressed in our "Sunday best" and blended in quite nicely; well, except for our WPEA, First Amendment, and "Wicca is an Olde Time Religion" buttons!

Rep. Barr opened the meeting by handing the floor over to a Pastor, (not sure of the name), and a prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance were begun.
Noticeably, (at least to me), when we got to the line, "..one nation, under god", there were quite a few "...one nation, under gods"! You can well imagine that the already tensioned atmosphere got a wee bit tighter.

Finally, and I do mean FINALLY!, Barr began to take questions. He immediately called upon Lady AmberMaeve Szymanski, (my High Priestess!!), CoG National Public Information Officer, High Priestess of the Grove of the Winged Scarab, and a rather innocent looking constituent--that is, until she began to make her statement.-FULL STORY AND PIX: BARR TOWN MEETING REPORT

Our Index of this Issue








ABOUT...

Wren


Location: Tampa, Florida




Other Articles: Wren has posted 318 additional articles- View them?

Other Listings: To view ALL of my listings: Click HERE




Email Wren... (No, I have NOT opted to receive Pagan Invites! Please do NOT send me anonymous invites to groups, sales and events.)

To send a private message to Wren ...



Pagan Essays
1996-2014





Pagan Web
8,000 Links





Pagan Groups
Local Covens etc.





Pagan/Witch
80,000 Profiles














Home - TWV Logos - Email US - Privacy
News and Information

Chapters: Pagan/Heathen Basics - Pagan BOOKS - Traditions, Paths & Religions - Popular Pagan Holidays - TV & Movies - Cats of the Craft - Festival Reviews - Festival Tips - White Pages (Resources) - Issues/Concerns - West Memphis 3 - Witch Hunts - Pagan Protection Tips - Healing Planet Earth

Your Voices: Adult Essays - Young Pagan Essays - Pagan Perspectives (On Hold) - WitchWars: Fire in the Craft - Gay Pagan - Pagan Parenting - Military - Pagan Passages

Pagan Music: Pagan Musicians - Bardic Circle at WitchVox - Free Music from TWV

Vox Central: About TWV - Wren: Words, Wrants and Wramblings - Guest Rants - Past Surveys - A Quest for Unity

Weekly Updates: Click HERE for an index of our weekly updates for the past 6 years

W.O.T.W. - World-Wide Networking

Your Town: A Link to YOUR Area Page (The largest listing of Witches, Pagans, Heathens and Wiccans on the Planet)

VoxLinks: The Pagan Web: 8,000 Listings

Your Witchvox Account: Log in Now - Create New Account - Request New Password - Log in Problems

Personal Listings: Pagan Clergy in Your Town - Adult Pagans - Young Pagans - Military Pagans

Events: Circles, Gatherings, Workshops & Festivals

Covens/Groups/Orgs: Local Groups Main Page

Other LOCAL Resources: Local Shops - Regional Sites - Local Notices - Global/National Notices - Local Skills & Services - Local Egroups - Political Freedom Fighters

Pagan Shopping: Online Shops Index - Original Crafters Sites - Auction Sites - Pagan Wholesalers - Pagan Local Shops



Web Site Content (including: text - graphics - html - look & feel)
Copyright 1997-2014 The Witches' Voice Inc. All rights reserved
Note: Authors & Artists retain the copyright for their work(s) on this website.
Unauthorized reproduction without prior permission is a violation of copyright laws.

Website structure, evolution and php coding by Fritz Jung on a Macintosh G5.

Any and all personal political opinions expressed in the public listing sections (including, but not restricted to, personals, events, groups, shops, Wren’s Nest, etc.) are solely those of the author(s) and do not reflect the opinion of The Witches’ Voice, Inc. TWV is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization.

Sponsorship: Visit the Witches' Voice Sponsor Page for info on how you
can help support this Community Resource. Donations ARE Tax Deductible.
The Witches' Voice carries a 501(c)(3) certificate and a Federal Tax ID.

Mail Us: The Witches' Voice Inc., P.O. Box 341018, Tampa, Florida 33694-1018 U.S.A.
Witches, Pagans
of The World




Search Articles
1996-2014










 Current Topic
 Editorial Guide


NOTE: The essay on this page contains the writings and opinions of the listed author(s) and is not necessarily shared or endorsed by the Witches' Voice inc.

The Witches' Voice does not verify or attest to the historical accuracy contained in the content of this essay.

All WitchVox essays contain a valid email address, feel free to send your comments, thoughts or concerns directly to the listed author(s).