Wiccan Widow Fights for Husband�s Tombstone Marker

June 5, 2006

Source: Christianity Today


On June 5, 2006 Christianity Today ran an opinion piece by John W. Whitehead, constitutional attorney and author and founder and president of The Rutherford Institute, about the refusal of the government to allow a Wiccan veteran to have a Wiccan symbol on his tombstone. Whitehead writes, "Whatever one's opinion might be about the Wiccan faith, there should be no doubt in anyone's mind that the First Amendment to our U.S. Constitution provides for religious freedom for all individuals of all faiths�whether they are Christians, Jews, Muslims, atheists, Wiccans and others... [B]y refusing to place the Wiccan symbol on Sgt. Stewart's memorial plaque, while permitting symbols of other religions and non-religions, the government is clearly engaging in viewpoint discrimination�which is a shoddy way to treat someone who has died in service to his country... Although our country was founded on a Judeo-Christian base, the Framers of the U.S. Constitution understood that religious freedom was for everyone, not just Christians. In other words, the only way that freedom can prevail for Christians is for Christians to stand up and fight for the minority beliefs and religions of others. Without it, freedom will most likely be lost. And we will be left wondering whose freedoms we are really fighting for."