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  •  Easy to say when you're not the one (6+ / 0-)

    being pressured, while sitting safely at a keyboard at home.

    The last time we mixed religion and politics people got burned at the stake.

    by irishwitch on Tue Jan 18, 2011 at 03:04:31 PM PST

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    •  Easy to say when you know nothing about me /nt (0+ / 0-)
      •  If you are a soldier, what rank and which service (0+ / 0-)

        If you aren't, I really don't care what you think.  I was a Navy Wife for 15 of the 22 years of my marriage. We are Wiccan. I think my husband would feel extremely angry if someone tried to force him to talk to a chaplain of a faith he didn't believe in.

        I lived overseas on  abse for 7 of thsoe eyars. For 18 months, we had a rabidly Christian base CO--and we'd just had Bush state that he didn't think Wicca was a real religion and the military shouldn't encourage it. One damned exec order could have banned WIccans fromusing base facilities--which INCLUDE base housing.  In other words, all it would take was one complaint to a lunatic CO like ours, and I could have been kicked out of base housing and sent back the States for the duration of my hsuband's 3 year term.  WIth NO housing allowance to rent a place to live in when I got there.

        Sure there are worse thigns thant is appallign disregard foir the first amendment, but it's damned hard onthe individual soldier who  doesn't have the suport of his buddies becuase some moran has ginne dthem up agaisnt him over religion.  I and my hsuband have wodnered if soem of thsoe friendly fire incidents weren't reallya ccidents, especially with the push to "convert" new recruits.

        The last time we mixed religion and politics people got burned at the stake.

        by irishwitch on Tue Jan 18, 2011 at 08:50:53 PM PST

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