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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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The Forest Moon Grove – Helping Everyone

We wanted to take a step back from Morrighan’s Trove and post something about a group that we feel benefits everyone within the Pagan community. The Forest Moon Grove.

This group has been formed to help not only Pagans, but military Pagans as well.

Started in 2004, as the Desert Moon Grove, this group was originally focused purely on assisting Pagan soldiers by not only receiving Care Packages of basic supplies, books, and music; but also in dealing with any discrimination that may arise.

I personally have received such help from Eric and the Desert Moon Grove while in Tel Afar, Iraq! That’s another wonderful story for another time.

In 2005 the Forest Moon Grove was created in the massive response by non-military pagans who wanted to help and be a part of a growing Pagan populace in the American Armed Forces. Eric was more than happy to oblige.

Not only did the Forest Moon Grove send care packages, but they also helped Pagan Soldiers become DFGLs. (Distinguished Faith Group Leader) They helped the DFGLs by supporting them with the paperwork and support in dealing with any hurdles that may arise while in the military. Free of charge!

On top of helping soldiers become DFGLs, they also worked to educate current military chaplains and leaders by educating them about the Pagan faith. This had helped curb some of the discrimination due to lack of education and understanding!

Eric Cooper, has since been medically retired from the military and is working full time for Forest Moon Grove. Since then, while still supporting our troops, he has added much more to his already heavy schedule. He is now working on helping the Pagan Community as a whole!

Forest Moon is a recognized, Non Profit, Pagan Church in the state of Washington. They currently have a Homeless Closet in Skagit Valley, WA that helps clothe the needy not only in warm clothes, but interview ready clothing to better their situation!

They also have a group for Pagan children called the Forest Moon Tribe. This caters to children from 5 – 18 years old and runs for 3 years and teaches them to survive in nature without harming nature. Most importantly, it teaches the basics of the Pagan Faiths and to respect other faiths, just as there own!

This Church also offers ordainment as well! This isn’t the 5 minute ordainment you find on the internet. This is an extensive process in which you will have to demonstrate knowledge on crisis counseling, suicide prevention, death and marriage ceremonies, and much much more!

I know that this has been a long post, it could be even longer, but I just want to paraphrase just a few things this wonderful group has done for my readers to see. This is an attempt to give back to the group that has helped me out in the toughest time of my life!

This group sets the example we all need to see to realize the good we can do in this world!

I obviously have omitted a lot of things on this post, so please click on any of the links above and check out the Forest Moon Grove’s website and Facebook page. Support them in any way you can!