The Topic:
Bush on the new Paganism

The Question:
 The Asker

Bush made the statement:
"I am committed to the First Amendment principles of religious
freedom, tolerance, and diversity. Whether Mormon, Methodist, Jewish, or Muslim, Americans should be able to participate in their constitutional free exercise of religion. I do not think witchcraft is a religion, and I do not think it is in any way appropriate for the U.S. military to promote it."

Seems to me that young Bush has a pretty narrow definition of what religion is - namely, only faiths from the Judeo/Christian/Islamic branch, which all have some of the same holy texts and base points of faith. While he might make some exceptions for the Buddhists and Taoists (would he?), it would seem that no Elusinians, no Voudouns, no AmerIndians and no Shamanic or witch spiritualities are "religions" in Bush's America. Wicca itself is already a recognized religion and, as noted above, Bush would like to remove that legal recognition.

I'd love to hear what some of the Shamen and Wicca (and proponents of other applicable faiths) around here think of this statement, and what Baby Bush has to say for himself.

 George W. Bush

Now, now, those were just examples. I'm behind the right of the American people to practice any religion, be they Christian, Jew, or "Miscellaneous."

Al Gore  

Still, I can't believe you said that about Wicca. I mean, even if I think that, I'm not going to put it in writing. You can pretty much say goodbye to the freaky college girl vote with that.

 Harry Browne

Actually, between Nader and myself, we've already got that segment pretty well tied down, anyway.

Al Gore  

Man, I'm getting pretty tired of you two, you know that?

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