Air Force: Pagan Worshippers

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Tech. Sgt. Brandon Longcrier at a pagan site at the Air Force Academy in 2009 / Air Force photo by Don Branum

You’ve got to feel a little bit sorry for the U.S. Air Force. First of all, their taxpayer-funded academy, out in Colorado Springs, Colo., gets rapped for being a hive of evangelical Christianity. The Air Force then earnestly tries to deal with – and encourage – religious diversity, and they get stung by stories like this in Sunday’s Los Angeles Times:

Air Force Academy Adapts To Pagans, Druids, Witches And Wiccans

In the still of a cold November evening, a small gathering of pagans, led by two witches, begins preparations for the coming winter solstice. But these are not just any pagans, and this is not just any setting. They are future officers of the United States Air Force practicing their faith in the basement of the Air Force Academy’s cadet chapel.

It’s tough walking that careful line in don’t-offend-me America. If you hew too closely to one religion, you’re criticized; if you welcome all, you’re zinged for that, as well.

Guess there’s only one option for the 21st Century U.S. military: let’s go, atheists! (Yes, apparently they’re growing in numbers, and do just fine in foxholes.)