Wiccan cadets and officers on the Colorado Springs base have been convening for over a decade, but the school will officially dedicate a newly built circle of stones on about March 10, putting the outdoor sanctuary on an equal footing with the Protestant, Catholic, Jewish and Buddhist chapels on the base.
“When I first arrived here, Earth-centered cadets didn’t have anywhere to call home,” said Sgt. Robert Longcrier, the lay leader of the neo-pagan groups on base….
The Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs is establishing a worship area for followers of Earth-centered religions — Wiccans, Druids, witches, pagans — on a hill overlooking the campus, the USAFA says.
The chief of the academy has made religious tolerance a priority after 2004 a survey of cadets found instances of harassment, the Air Force Times reports….
Naturally, Christians just could not leave them alone, and someone vandalized the site by putting up a wooden cross, apparently after this story aired.
An Air Force Academy staffer who helped build a worship area for Pagans and other Earth-centered religions says he and others are the victims of a hate crime because someone placed a wooden cross at their site….
Perhaps the Pagan ideals and morals will “trickle up” to members of the more sizeable religions/cults such as Christianity and Islam – these would include being good stewards of Earth as well as peacekeepers.