Christians understand this phrase. Our country was founded on it. And after a couple hundred years of Independence from England, we still have a latent feeling of gratitude passed down from our early ancestors. Plus we are now in a climate that is becoming less and less tolerant of us. Prayer is no longer allowed in school, God’s name is being taken off of buildings and out of our country’s pledge. You can hardly speak of your faith without reprimand or fear of punishment. Yet we cling to our foundation like a badge of honor and rightly so. Until we have Supreme Court Judges that no longer adhere to the very clear points of this freedom, we are relatively safe and can continue enjoying the freedom of Religious choice.
But what if someone’s Religion is different from yours? Do they or should they expect the same freedoms you do? The authors of our Constitution and Bill of Rights were arguably a Christian majority. So does that mean they were only out to protect us? Normally I have an opinion about these matters and I freely dole out my thoughts for your to chew on and digest. Don’t get me wrong, I still have a passionate viewpoint in this instance but I wanted to try something different. I want to hear from you.
A current news item describes a fallen U.S. soldier who happened to practice Wicca. His Widow is insisting on a Wicca symbol being placed on the Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Wall. For those of you that are confused, Wicca is the practice of Witchcraft…a practice very much in opposition to Christianity. Our Bible even speaks of this practice as sin and warns us to avoid it. Add to this fact that the symbol in question is a pentacle which is very similar to a pentagram by my observations.
The U.S. Department of Veterans currently allows 38 other religious symbols to adorn gravesites and memorial walls. This includes the Christian cross and even a symbol for atheists but currently approval for this particular religion is still under debate.
I want to hear from anyone who wants to comment because we all have good viewpoints. However, I am interested in those of you that are American Christians. This group is the one that likely feels conflicted about this matter. On one hand we enjoy the very freedoms that this guy’s widow petitions for. On the other, we have pretty specific beliefs about witchcraft and therefore experience a moral dilemma.
What do you think?