So they're happy to use his godless pagan ass in war, but he's not good enough to have his faith respected this little bit? Mind you, in terms of approach to rational thought and empiricism, I have about as much use for Wiccans as I have for Opus Dei or what have you. But a Wiccan has never knocked on my door and tried to recruit me, nor have they insisted on some divine right to indoctrinate everyone's children with their brand of mumbo-jumbo. So in terms of live and let live, I'm pretty fuckin' okey-doke with 'em, especially in comparison to the rest of the lot.
Maybe that's why they don't get as much respect -- it hasn't yet occurred to Wiccans that most Americans just pretend to have faith, and just go through the motions, while what is really expected out of the faithful is political activism. Perhaps Wiccans should organize better and find a few congresspersons to rent. That's the way it's done in Jeebusland.
On the good foot, it seems that Sgt. Stewart will eventually get the inscription. His battalion commander and even his congressman are trying to help:
Wonder what Marion Robertson and the rest of the screamers will do when they find out that the congressman, Jim Gibbons, is a Republican. Apparently Rep. Gibbons didn't get the memo. Good on him, but it would have been nice if Mrs. Stewart didn't have to deal with this for six months running. They should have just done it; if they had wanted a dog inscribed on the thing it would have been done right away. There is just an inherent hypersensitivity in the bureaucratic infrastructure over anything that might ruffle the Christofascists' wittle feathers.
Perhaps the mouthbreathers in the great state of Missouri can bring Rep. Gibbons and any other free-thinkers up to speed:
How do ya like them apples? More on this later this weekend, but suffice to say that this is but one in what looks to be a lengthy series of shots across the bow.