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Military Pagans – A Call To Action

In my previous posts, I have explained that I was in the US Army and served in the Iraq War. I have also explained that this was the biggest spiritual metamorphosis I have ever incurred in this lifetime.
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What made this time period bearable, and why it had aided so much to my spiritual well-being, is that I had met other people like me. In an organization that is predominantly Christian; I found other Pagans to speak to! This was truly a blessing found in the only Hell {Iraq} I believe in.

My platoon had also accepted me and my faith as well! I know that there are a lot of Pagans out there that have had the opposite experience, but mine was a positive one! They may not have held my same beliefs in religion, but they held the same beliefs on freedom of religion that the US Constitution and Bill of Rights offered to each American Citizen!

I had recently spoke with a few friends about my experiences, and I have heard some pretty disturbing news. That my experience was and is both rare and almost nonexistent in the US Military today.

That groups, who once had permission to practice together, are quickly being disbanded by the very same leadership that allowed them to in the first place!

That these brave people’s military careers and lives are being negatively effected by coming out of the broom closet!

This has to stop.

I want to see a time that the Pagans who are fighting to our rights here at home, can place Wiccan, Asatru, Druid, Shaman, or whatever else they wish to, on their dog tags without fear of reprisal!

I also know that there are stories like mine out there.

So, my current call to act is simple. Everyone who was, is, or knows someone who was in n the military, just simply place a quick comment below with your experience. Positive or Negative.

Let us see the whole picture and then figure out what to do from that point. The microcosm of my life, and that of my friends, is certainly not going to reveal the true nature of how Pagans are treated in the military.
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(If you wish to remain anonymous, please simply email your comment to MorrighansTrove@yahoo.com so I can comment for you under my name.)

Please Share this post with everyone you think may benefit from, or that has a story to tell. I don’t want to sit by and watch as we are forced into the shadows any longer than I already have.
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Being Open to Tolerance

Pagans throughout time have been persecuted, and still are to this very day! We all know this to be true. Does this effect our ability to be tolerant or, our ability to see the good within people?

I pose this question because I have been seeing some great things in my life, some wonderful examples of tolerance! But, I still am very cautious and a little bit scared to talk about my faith in front of my own parents! That even though I have never experienced, and keep being shown the opposite, any negative prejudices from others about my religion.

In my experience I have come out of the Broom Closet to a platoon of mostly devout Catholics. This had an inherent danger of bigotry that had never surfaced! They were all very curious and they had lots of questions! (Minus a couple of jabs that guys throw around every now and again in an attempt to be funny.)

Then just recently, I have been given permission to write an article on the Pagan Pride Festival for the Sacramento Area! Which is great! I am still very excited to do this! Then I learned that the location of the Pagan Pride Festival is a VFW Post! 

Now I am a Life Member of another VFW Post a few miles away, and that is a place where I keep my religious beliefs to myself. I am sure they would end up being ok with it, but I bartend there, and it could effect my job.

So, I asked the person running the Festival, how on earth did he get this venue?! That even the oath you take blatantly involves the Christian God!

The answer i received was simple and logical. That Post has had a long time member that follows a Pagan Path and they will let anyone rent their facility as long as they follow the rules and pay the fees. It makes a lot of sense and it helps out another Non-Profit organization! That, my friends, is tolerance.

I know that the world will be filled with racism, bigotry, and prejudice for a long time to come. Let’s just let the good examples of tolerance fill our lives! And, fight the intolerance whenever it raises its ugly head!

Most of all, let us be the EXAMPLE! Let us show the way to a world filled with love and respect!