Wiccan Symbol Use on Military Headstones is Approved
The Bush administration agreed Monday to allow the Wiccan pentacle - a five-pointed star enclosed by a circle - on veterans' headstones.
This action comes after nearly a decade of refusal by the Department of Veterans Affairs to inscribe the pentacle on tombstones. The pentacle is now added alongside 38 other offered religious symbols, including the Chirstian cross, the Jewish Star of David and the Muslim crescent.
Approximately 10 veterans applications requesting the pentacle were pending in the Department of Veterans Affairs, according to the Washington Post. Monday's agreement allowed all pending requests to be granted within two weeks. The Department of Veterans Affairs will also approve new requests for the pentacle within 30 days.
According to the New York Times, Americans United for the Separation of Church and State attributed the delay of Wiccan inscriptions to religious discrimination.