That’s right! The fight from our last post rages on, pitting those who believe the Wiccan pentacle should adorn the graves of their loved ones against the commentators who are desperately trying to create some important issue to talk about!
Daniel at Getreligion is the next to fill that vital need:
The problem with the article, as Eden noted to us, is that there is no mention of the possibility that widows and other family members of GIs might find a pentagram offensive…
Is this a perspective that ought to be addressed in the news story? Are there families of soldiers out there that would find it offensive to see a pentagram on the tombstone next to the one of their beloved one?
Indeed! Should the reporter have interviewed someone with a viewpoint that a guy on a blog just made up? What a burning question!
Now, there could be some person who has a valid reason to oppose this change. I’m not sure what it could be, but I’m open to hearing it. It seems, though, that some people want to inject some drama into this by trying to stir up some sort of controversy. It might make things more exciting, but I don’t find it particularly respectful to the soldiers or their families.
Fortunately, we do find a person in the comments who actually believes this is a bad idea and has a reason:
So “no pentagrams” is just another restriction by the government. If you want the free funeral you play by their rules. If you don’t want to play by their rules they don’t have to pay for your funeral.
You can understand his point. I mean, people risk their lives to protect their country, and some fringe nutjobs think that deserves special treatment. Next they’ll be wanting special “military funerals” or something.
Fear not, though! I will continue to sift through the news. If the VA or another group announces some valid reason that stems from actual conviction, I’ll let you know.