Of course, we still have ALL the other services. This should not be service by service.
Tags: Heathen, military
Reblogged this on Freya: The Gold Thread and commented:
I think this finally went through a few months ago, but I hadn’t realized it was only accept in the Air Force. WTH?
I would wish for a unified response but the services really just don’t do that well. Once should have been enough. He says the others are in process and it starts a precedent. Part of the issue was that they had a system that just stopped and no one picked it up. I have seen that in many organizations.
Well, I guess that leaves us more victories to celebrate in the future–one for each branch–but ugh. Honestly, I’d have thought that Asatru symbols would have been one of the first picked up before Wiccan symbols or one of the other modern pagan traditions. There’s a large number of enlisted Heathens, what with the Viking/warrior mentality dominating many parts of our community. My guess is just that Heathenry is less well known than Wicca, and we still have the neo-Nazi fringe element to deal with Still, I expect the Hammer to be accepted at all levels relatively soon.
The tricky thing is that large organizations are expecting other large organizations with similar systems. Wicca, Heathenry and others don’t have large, formal sanctioning and training components and the military expects that. Also, the Chaplain service and related items are just as conservative and slow moving as other parts without an emergency or an order.
There’s been more than one round, and in different areas. For example, at some point a decision was made that service people can have whatever frelling symbol on their *gravestones* as are seen fit rather than doing the clearance runaround over and over again. I don’t know the details, but I gather various branches of the Neo-Pagan movement coming back around again got that particular system to realize that freedom of religion meant they really shouldn’t require pre-clearance on that level at all.
I get why, bureaucratically speaking, each system ends up having to do the hoop-jumping separately. Some of it is conservatism in the values sense, but a lot of it is conservatism in the organizational sense – making changes to a large, slow-moving system is difficult no matter how good and welcome the change is. -E-
Large organizations move slowly.
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