"The Veterans' Administration (VA) will provide, upon application, a headstone or marker for the unmarked grave of most deceased veterans."
This from a religious tolerance website article on lawsuits trying to force the VA to add the Wiccan symbol to its list of approved icons for vet's gravestones.
They will also provide an emblem of the religious affiliation of the deceased, taken from an approved list.
There are 38 symbols on the list so far. I'm thinking: given the wide diversity of the list, how can the VA possibly object to a Wiccan symbol?
Here is the list:
I'm also thinking: Eckankar? Sufism? Seicho-no-ie?? I wouldn't recognize Seicho-no-ie if I met it on the street. I have to think that, as religions go, Wiccan is more mainstream than any of these. But that's just me.
VA form 40-1330 states that certain optional items, which "may be inscribed at Government expense," may include "an authorized emblem reflective of one's belief." Section 11: "Desired Religious Emblem" gives the applicant five options:
No symbol. 1. Latin Cross - Christian; generic. 2. Wheel of Righteousness - Buddhist. 3. Star of David - Jewish. Other: Shown on the back of the form are:
4. Presbyterian cross. 5. Russian Orthodox cross. 6. Lutheran cross. 7. Episcopal cross. 8. Flaming chalice: Unitarian Universalist. 9. United Methodist Church cross. 10. Aaronic Order Church. 11. Latter-day Saints: Angel Moroni with horn. 12. Native American Church of America: Teepee with three feathers. 13. Serbian Orthodox: cross. 14. Greek Cross: similar to the Red Cross. 15. Baha'i: 9 pointed star. 16. Atheist: A stylized symbol of an atom with the letter A in the center. 17. Islam: A crescent and star. 18. Hindu symbol. 19. Konko-Kyo faith. 20. Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (now called the Community of Christ): A child between a lion and lamb. 21. Sufism reoriented symbol. 22. Tenrikyo church symbol. 23. Seicho-no-ie symbol. 24. The Church of World Messianity symbol. 25. United Church of Religious Science symbol. 26. Christian Reformed Church: Cross and triangle. 27. United Moravian Church: Lamb carrying flag. 28. Eckankar: Stylized letters "EK" 29: Christian church - generic: A cup. 30: Christian & Missionary Alliance: a cross, chalice, crown and pitcher 31: United Church of Christ: a crown, cross and world symbol 32: Humanism: a stylized image of a human. 33: Presbyterian Church, USA: A flaming cross 34: Ixumo Taishakyo Mission of Hawaii: A hexagon surrounding a symbol 35: Soks Gakkai International - USA: A complex symbol 36: Sikh: The Khanda symbol; three swords and a rink Listed separately because of copyright restrictions:
United Church of Christ. Christian Science: cross and crown. Islam: Five pointed star. 4
Can you find yours? And just what IS the "Lutheran Cross" anyway? Are all of the synods on board with this?