Monday, February 01, 2010

Air Force Academy Creates Wiccan Worship Space


For years I've warned about the encroachment of occultism at U.S. Military installations. Late last year I was criticized for this - read this Blog post and the ensuing comment from "MD." This represents a real prayer need.
While "MD" might wish to portray me as being somehow less than patriotic for expressing my concerns over recent developments in the military (and particularly the Air Force), I would mention that I am an Air Force veteran and served honorably as an Intelligence analyst. But I am a Catholic first.
Related reading here.

11 comments:

MarianCatholic06' said...

This once-great nation is spiralling out of control. This is just unbelievable. Demonic.

Anonymous said...

The first official military recognition of Wicca was at Fort Hood (as The Washington Post favorably reported in 1999: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/national/daily/june99/wicca08.htm ), and most if not everyone knows of the latest news from Fort Hood.

Paul Anthony Melanson said...

In 1974 The American Council of Witches issued the "Principles of Wiccan Belief." No. 10 states:

"Our only animosity towards Christianity, or toward any other religion or philosophy of life, is to the extent that its institutions have claimed to be 'the only way,' and have sought to deny freedom to others and to suppress other ways of religious practice and belief."

So Wicca acknowledges an "animosity" toward Christianity which teaches that salvation is in Jesus alone (Acts 4:12). The question presents itself: of what does this animosity consist of? And should a pagan religion, which openly maintains (by its own admission) an "animosity" toward Christianity and other religions which claim to be the only way, be allowed to worship at military installations?

And why would anyone profess a religion unless they were certain that it was the true one? To do so would constitute an exercise in intellectual dishonesty.

Paul Anthony Melanson said...

DoD Directive 1325.6 contains a provision which tries to prevent racial, gender, religious or ethnic hatred. The individual branches of the military have their own regulations which implement this Directive. Air Force Instruction 51-903, No. 5, states:

"Prohibited Activities. Military persnnel must reject participation in organizations that espouse supremacist causes; attempt to create illegal discrimination based on race, creed, color, sex, religion, or national origin; advocate the use of force or violence; or otherwise engage in the effort to deprive individuals of their civil rights."

But the American Council of Witches, as noted above, has admitted an "animosity" toward religions or institutions which claim to be "the only way":

"Our only animosity towards Christianity, or toward any other religion or philosophy of life, is to the extent that its institutions have claimed to be 'the only way,' and have sought to deny freedom to others and to suppress other ways of religious practice and belief."

Christianity is singled out by name in the "Principles of Wiccan Belief." Wicca freely acknowledges an "animosity" toward Christianity. In my view, participation in an organization such as Wicca would, therefore, represent a violation of both DoD Directive 1325.6 as well as Air Force Instruction 51-903 which implements that Directive for Air Force personnel.

John Ansley said...

As you have explained at this Blog, the Church proposes, she does not impose...

http://lasalettejourney.blogspot.com/2008/12/church-proposes-but-world-imposes.html

Nor does she entertain an animosity toward anyone.

J. Alfred Sheehan said...

Words have meaning.

an·i·mos·i·ty (n-ms-t)
n. pl. an·i·mos·i·ties
1. Bitter hostility or open enmity; active hatred.

2. A hostile feeling or act.

Bitter hostility. Active hatred. This is what Wicca professes against Christianity. You have hit the nail on the head sir. Any organization which espouses an active hatred for another religion has no place in the United States military.

If active hatred is going to be permitted by the military, then Navy Cmdr John Sharpe deserves an apology.

Paul Anthony Melanson said...

What do you suppose the reaction would be if the Catholic Church issued a statement declaring, "Our only animosity toward Judaism is to the extent that the Jewish People claim to be "the Chosen People."

Would there not be accusations of anti-Semitism? Of intolerance?

albizzi said...

-Witchcraft in the military
-Paedophilia in the priesthood
-Abortion
-Same sex marriages

America, your ship is dangerouly loaded.
Even in France where catholicism is deemed like dead, only abortion is as widespread as in the US.
Paedophilia always remained marginal. Same sex marriages are not yet allowed. Witchcraft in the military would be impossible to enforce

Sanctus Belle said...

Yes, the days for this nation are numbered. The degree of cooperative, nay embracing of evil - should this nation stand? No nation can stand without God for He is the All Powerful. To court evil is to court ruin.

Paul Anthony Melanson said...

Thank you al for your comments. As Sanctus wrote, "No nation can stand without God." This great nation is turning away from God and His blessings, His Protection.

The following is from the Catholic League:

CONGRESS SHOULD PROBE AIR FORCE ACADEMY

February 3, 2010


Wiccans and pagans at the Air Force Academy have a worship area on campus made up of stones set in a circle. Recently, someone placed a wooden cross at this site. The reaction of the Academy was boilerplate. Catholic League president Bill Donohue explains why he is contacting members of the House and Senate Armed Services Committee:

If I visited a Grotto on a college campus and saw a symbol of some other religion there, I would complain. But if that was all there was to it, I would not treat the incident as an example of hate speech. By comparison, Air Force Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Michael Gould did just that when the cross was found at the pagan site. “We absolutely will not stand for this type of destructive behavior,” he said.

“Destructive”? None of the stones were kicked about, and there was nothing else left to destroy. “I consider this no different than someone writing graffiti on the Cadet Chapel,” he continued. In other words, Gould believes there is no difference between neutering a religious symbol and defacing religious property. He also sees a cross at a pagan site as the equivalent of graffiti on a church. This is more than overkill—it is grossly insulting to Catholics and Protestants.

The cross was also compared to a swastika. Mikey Weinstein, a past graduate of the Academy who incredibly operates a religious watchdog group on campus, said that the cross at the pagan site was tantamount to having a swastika in the Jewish center! Weinstein has long insisted that Evangelicals are guilty of intolerance at the Academy, though a 2005 report on this issue found “no overt discrimination.” But the report did detail examples of religious intolerance against Catholics and Protestants.

These remarks have added to the chilling atmosphere that Catholics and Protestants must endure. I wrote to the Congress in 2005 about this matter, and I am doing so again. We need to know why hypersensitivity to non-Christians has evolved into insensitivity to Christians.

Contact: Michael.Gould@usafa.edu

Thomas Shawn said...

I've heard there's a quite pernicious and aggressive form of Evangelical Protestantism coursing through the veins of the Academy.

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