There are 1,800 Wiccans in the armed forces, according to a Pentagon survey cited in the suit, and Wiccans have their faith mentioned in official handbooks for military chaplains and noted on their dog tags. In reviewing 30,000 pages of documents from Veterans Affairs, Americans United said, it found e-mail and memorandums referring to negative comments President Bush made about Wicca in an interview with ?Good Morning America? in 1999, when he was governor of Texas. The interview had to do with a controversy at the time about Wiccan soldiers? being allowed to worship at Fort Hood, Tex.
?I don?t think witchcraft is a religion,? Mr. Bush said at the time, according to a transcript. ?I would hope the military officials would take a second look at the decision they made.?
Americans United did not assert that the White House influenced the Veterans Affairs Department. Under the settlement, Americans United had to return the documents and could not copy them, though it could make limited comments about their contents. Americans United filed the lawsuit last November on behalf of several Wiccan military families. Among the plaintiffs was Roberta Stewart, whose husband, Sgt. Patrick Stewart, was killed in September 2005 in Afghanistan. Ms. Stewart said she had tried various avenues to get the pentacle approved. Late last year, Gov. Kenny Guinn of Nevada, her home state, approved the placing of a marker with a pentacle in a Veterans Affairs cemetery in Fernley, east of Reno. But Ms. Stewart said she had continued to pursue the lawsuit because she wanted the federal government to approve the markers. Other religious groups that have often opposed Americans United supported the effort to have the government approve the pentacle.
hi there!! to approve the pentacle wow! but in reality they already have if you really think about it look around i know of a few goverment offices tht actually have the pentacle as a symbol! but tht's just me i think they just don't know they have and some regular folks don't either!