Thursday, February 1, 2007

Brigid speed-dials Boudica: Send Lawyers, guns, and money!

Judge rejects government motion, allows Wiccan lawsuit to proceed

...A federal lawsuit filed by Wiccans against the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will proceed despite a request by the VA that it be put on hold for perhaps as much as a year...The VA argued in a motion filed Jan. 19 with the U.S. District Court in Madison that the lawsuit should be put on hold until after the department finalized its new rules...The Wiccans' attorney objected, arguing that nothing commits the VA to finalize its rules within that time frame, or take up the Wiccan request at all...U.S. District Judge John Shabaz issued a one-line order on Jan. 26 allowing the case to proceed...

This is a great sign! The Judge clearly is fed-up with the VA's stalling tactics. Maybe someone in the VA does not take Wicca seriously. I mean, it's not like other serious religions that try to ban Earth-shattering texts like the Harry Potter series from school libraries, undermine science by teaching the fantasy of 'intelligent design' in classrooms, take choice away from women, and demolish the separation of church & state. Then there's the argument of no centralized institution or governing body behind Wicca. Well, that did not stop Atheism and Buddhism from getting their grave symbols in a heart-beat.

My feeling is that one person is behind all this: that person is the one in charge at the VA. He is sabotaging the approval of the pentacle because of his religious convictions, which happen to be wrong in regards to Wicca. He is letting his religion interfere with the execution of his duty. I wish the VA was not acting like this, as now it seems only a lawsuit will get them to do the right thing. It's really sad that the VA is putting war widows through this.

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