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February 03, 2010

Not your father's paganism

My only objection to the outdoor worship space for Pagans, Wiccans, Druids and other "Earth-centered believers" at the United States Air Force Academy is to have their views represented by self-described pagan, Tech. Sgt. Brandon Longcrier. Given the 15 to 20 cadets showing an interest in "Earth-centered beliefs" they should have managed a better spokes-entity than this.

"Earth-centered" spirituality encompasses many beliefs, Longcrier said, many that recognize multiple gods and goddesses and observe holidays tied to the seasons.

Longcrier said he personally doesn't consider gods and goddesses to be actual beings but personifications of natural events that human ancestors wanted to put a face on.

"The goddess is symbolic of the Earth," Longcrier said. "Do I believe I'm worshipping this female entity living in the Earth or up in space somewhere? No. The symbolism is very important."

Not to worry, Longcrier; the Goddess believes in you.

Even so, give me a devotee of Shango or Huitzilopochtli over this Unitarian version of paganism any day. Next you will tell me they have replaced the mead with dealcoholized beer (only 60 calories and no salt!).

Posted by Ghost of a flea at February 3, 2010 06:57 AM


Ah, the "spiritual but not religious" type. Also highly prizes symbolism over substance. I’m so glad we have people like this in positions of responsibility at our military institutions.

Posted by: Enas Yorl [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 3, 2010 10:46 AM