Bronze star, but no Pagan star
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Sgt. Patrick D. Stewart gave his life in Afghanistan, but the Veterans Memorial Cemetery refuses to officially acknowledge him in death.
Why? Because Stewart was a Pagan who requested that his grave be marked by the five-pointed emblem of his faith, the pentacle.
Cynical-C points to this Washington Post article on Stewart's widow's struggle to get a Wiccan memorial plaque for her husband:
That's because Stewart was a Wiccan, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has refused to allow a symbol of the Wicca religion -- a five-pointed star within a circle, called a pentacle -- to be inscribed on U.S. military memorials or grave markers.
The department has approved the symbols of 38 other faiths; about half of are versions of the Christian cross. It also allows the Jewish Star of David, the Muslim crescent, the Buddhist wheel, the Mormon angel, the nine-pointed star of Bahai and something that looks like an atomic symbol for atheists. [WaPo]
The VA recognizes 38 other emblems of belief, including icons for Humanism, and Atheism (shown here).