Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Earth religions get worship area at AF Academy
DENVER – The Air Force Academy has set aside an outdoor worship area for Pagans, Wiccans, Druids and other Earth-centered believers, school officials said Monday.
A double circle of stones atop a hill on the campus near Colorado Springs has been designated for the group, which previously met indoors.
Lt. Col. William Ziegler, one of the academy's chaplains, said designating the space is part of the school's effort to foster religious tolerance and to defend the constitutional guarantee of religious freedom.
This fall I had the pleasure of visiting the Air Force Academy. College Gameday was there and we got to watch the production, all be it from a very long distance and after passing through two layers of security. While we were waiting for "the pick", between Air Force and Army (Air Force slaughtered them in the second half) we toured the Cathedral. I was amazed that a place was made for worship for all the major religions. It was really great to see the variety and enjoy the architecture. A friend of the family Nathan Badger, former Norman North defensive tackle standout, and now Air Force class of 2013 told us there were 6 more levels below the two we were privy to see. To learn more about the iconic structure check out this link.
On a side note: If you ever go to watch Air Force vs ANY SERVICE ACADEMY after the game just plan to be there for several hours. The traffic after a home game and a full stadium is ridiculous. It took us two hours to get on the highway after sitting in a huge procession of cars trying to get off base. So just bring some extra beers, throw up a bar-b-quer full of charcoal (it gets damn cold up there on the hill) and kick back while the traffic clears. And if you have a large group you can rent an entire house in Colorado Springs for what you would pay for a hotel room.