Witches and rifles
Should the Urantians face persecution for their religious beliefs, they could always consider buying real estate in another part of the West, namely Colorado Springs. There, the U.S. Air Force Academy has set aside an outdoor worshipping area for “Pagans, Wiccans, Druids and other Earth-centered believers,” according to the Associated Press. The academy has long been criticized for erasing the line dividing church and state in a heavily evangelical Christian-leaning manner. It was recently revealed that the military had been using rifle scopes that were engraved with biblical references by the manufacturer. No news yet on whether any future firearms will be engraved with secret Wiccan code.
Maybe the rifle scope references were to the passage in the Old Testament in which God commands his chosen ones: “Thou shalt pack heat in shoulder holsters.” You know, the passage that Republican State Sen. Russell Pearce, sponsor of an Arizona bill to allow concealed weapons without a permit, referred to when he told the New York Times, “All we’re doing is handcuffing good people, restricting their constitutional, God-given right to carry (guns) and perhaps their ability to defend their families.”