But is it an honor to serve a military who doesn't honor YOU and your individual rights? Is it really an honor to be buried somewhere that won't allow all religious aspects?
But you're right, they shouldn't have to choose. And, unfortunately, now that I've looked up the military enlistment oath, you may swear or affirm, *however* at the end of the oath, you have to say the phrase "so help me God." I'm not quite sure what difference it makes to affirm if you then have to say those words anyway, but if you're Wiccan, isn't that a religion that supports more than one god or goddess? So, by having joined the military in the first place, they've already made a choice or a concession to the military's/government's will, for lack of a better term.
I guess I'm not effectively getting my point across, here, because I'm not anti-religion, and I'm actually glad this was passed, but if the military doesn't honor who and what you are, how is it an honor to be buried in one of their cemetaries?
I think I'm struggling with a few points here. One is, why should the military concede in death where they don't concede to the individual beliefs in someone's life? Someone who joins the military joins knowing when they swear the oath that says "so help me God" that this is the religion that the military supports. I'm just not sure why the military is being held responsible for this after someone has died and not while they're alive. I personally don't see the logic in that. Is it right of them to do, not in the least. But do they do it?? Yes, and they do it far earlier in the process than after a soldier's death.
And in all honesty, and I"m sure there are others who see it differently, I just don't see how it's an honor to be buried somewhere that doesn't respect and honor you. It's supposed to be an honor. But if someone doesn't respect and honor your right to religion, and for most people religion is a very large aspect of their life, and it's some form of guidance to them, helps to form the very moral fiber of their being... isn't not honoring your religion saying I don't like who you are? Maybe I don't understand it because I don't practice any formal religion at all. To me that's not honoring the soldier, that's honoring the entity that the soldier belonged to. If that's not the case then the military should be honoring all soldiers who served (and sorry for the redundancy) honorably no matter where they decide to be buried, no matter what religion they are, in life, or in death.
In any case, I think the honor is in who the person was, and not in where they're buried at, but that's besides the point at the moment. I just wanted to add that though.