This article concerns an article I received from a Worthy News e-mail this morning. The article was about the USAF providing a place for earth centered Wiccans to worship at the US Air Force Academy in Colorado.
The original news article entitled, “Academy chapel to add outdoor circle to worship areas” written by Staff Sgt. Don Branum on behalf of the U.S. Air Force Academy Public Affairs is found at http://www.usafa.af.mil/news/story_print.asp?id=123187157.
The article begins as follows:
“1/26/2010 – U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. — The Air Force Academy chapel will add a worship area for followers of Earth-centered religions during a dedication ceremony, which is tentatively scheduled to be held at the circle March 10.
The circle, located atop the hill overlooking the Cadet Chapel and Visitor Center, will be the latest addition to a collection of worship areas that includes Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, Muslim and Buddhist sacred spaces.
Tech. Sgt. Brandon Longcrier, NCO in charge of the Academy’s Astronautics laboratories, worked with the chapel to create the official worship area for both cadets and other servicemembers in the Colorado Springs area who practice Earth-centered spirituality.”
“Every servicemember is charged with defending freedom for all Americans, and that includes freedom to practice our religion of choice or, for that matter, not to practice any faith at all,” said Chaplain (Lt. Col.) William Ziegler, Cadet Wing chaplain. “Being in the military isn’t just a job — it’s a calling. We all take an oath to support and defend the Constitution, and that means we’ve all sworn to protect one another’s religious liberties. We all put on our uniforms the same way; we’re all Airmen first.”
The presence of diverse worship areas reflects a sea change from five years ago, when reports surfaced alleging religious intolerance at the Academy. Sergeant Longcrier became Pagan shortly after arriving at the Academy in 2006 and said he believes the climate has improved dramatically.
The article continues by saying:
“When I first arrived here, Earth-centered cadets didn’t have anywhere to call home,” he said. “Now, they meet every Monday night, they get to go on retreats, and they have a stone circle. … We have representation on the Cadet Interfaith Council, and I even meet with the Chaplains at Peterson Air Force Base once a year to discuss religious climate.”
Earth-centered spirituality includes traditions such as Wicca, Druidism and several other religious paths that, while relatively new, trace their roots to pre-Christian Europe, Sergeant Longcrier said. Gerald Gardner founded the first Wiccan tradition in England in 1952, with neo-Druidism following in the early 1960s.
Some Earth-centered traditions involve the worship of gods and goddesses, whereas others may involve only one deity or none at all. Reincarnation is a popular concept, as is rebirth and celebrating the cycle of the seasons.”
Reader comments on this article were quite diverse. You can read them at
I categorized, tallied, and analyzed the 84 responses to the article over the period 1/26/10-2/3/10 and here’s what I’ve found:
~69% or almost 3 out of every 4 responders supported the pagan worship circle
~31% or almost 1 out of every 3 responders opposed the USAF policy decision
~ 28% or over 1/4th of those having been in the military; or having family in the military, opposed.
~ 18% explicitly said they were pagans.
~ 17% explicitly said they were Christians.
~36% or over 1 out of 3 of professing Christians opposed the policy.
~64 % or almost 2 out of 3 professing Christians supported the policy.
~18% explicitly supported the decision based upon their understanding of the U.S. Constitution
~13% of responders criticized Christians for being intolerant of pagan worship.
Before drawing some conclusions about the results of this data, I believe it’s important to state the following biblical truths:
1. Jesus claimed he was the one true God. Jesus never affirmed or supported any faith other than faith in him as God in human flesh. (John 14:6)
2. Jesus lost his life at the hands of religious and political leaders for the exclusiveness of his religious claim. (Matthew 26-27)
3. Jesus taught his followers that they would be persecuted and hated by some if they publicly professed to believe his claim and followed him. (Matthew 5:11; Luke 21:12; John 15:20)
4. God teaches that witchcraft is a “work of the flesh”; an evil expression of sinful human nature . Those that practice witchcraft, or any of the listed works of the flesh, will not go to heaven after death. (Galatians 5:19-21)
6. God equates love with obedience and support of truth. He doesn’t want his children to support false religion. God considers false religion evil and those supporting it, whether they practice it or not, share in that evil work. (1 John 5; 2 John 6-11)
6. God foretells that the world’s reigning superpower, referred to in the prophecy of Revelation 17-18 as Babylon the Great and I teach is the U.S, will fall to become a dwelling place for hateful evil spirits and reveals that sorcery or witchcraft contributed to her prominence before her destruction for her sins and her mistreatment of Christians speaking exclusive truth.
With this truth in mind, what can we conclude from this small, statistical sample:
1. Many Americans, including professing Christians, wrongly believe that God isn’t opposed to earth-centered Wiccan worship.
2. America is a house divided religiously.
3. Most Americans, even some professing Christians, don’t believe in the absolute truth that Jesus is God and faith in him is the only way to heaven.
4. America is growing increasingly at risk to receiving God’s judgment due to her growing affirmation and use of witchcraft; intolerance toward Christians with a proper understanding of the exclusiveness of their faith in Jesus as God and Savior, and many other accepted abominations and sins.
5. A failure among professing Christian to understand that we must ignore the teaching of the U.S. Constitution where it conflicts with the commands and principles of God’s truth in scripture.
6. Both pagans and Christians should understand that teaching absolute truth in the proper spirit, even if that truth conflicts with natural human desires, expresses love for God and man. Failure to support something that one doesn’t believe in expresses honesty and integrity.
7. Professing Christians shouldn’t support this policy. This pagan idolatry should arouse holy anger which motivates them to rescue the lost from the deception leading them to hell and call its supporters to repentance and faith in Jesus Christ. They shouldn’t attend any dedication ceremony; nor give any hint of support for earth centered Wiccan religion. This holds true even if it’s practitioners remain peaceful, law-abiding people. They should see Wiccan as a selfish expression of human nature trying to relate to what one falsely believes is god or gods. They should see it reveals a desire for something beyond this material world in the pagans and seek to convert them out of love for God to the true and living God as Paul did in Acts 17:16-34.
This article reveals a tremendous spiritual void and misunderstanding of the true, holy and living God in the lives of many professing Christians and pagans.
In increasingly forsaking absolute biblical truth and the one true and living God, except for a small but growing remnant scattered nation-wide, America sits on political and religious fault lines as a house divided and dumb to the tremors being sent her way warning her of the devastating destruction she will receive from the hand of the Most High when he rises to shake her earth should she continue to ignore him.
1I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; 2For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. 3For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; 4Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. 5For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; 6Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time. “ (1 Timothy 2:1-6)