Pagan War Widow’s Truck Vandalized, and other Pagan News of Note

Jason Pitzl-Waters —  July 27, 2011 — 8 Comments

Top Story: A local Nevada television station is reporting that Roberta Stewart, widow of Sgt. Patrick Stewart, had her truck vandalized. The Stewart’s were at the heart of a campaign to grant Wiccan soldiers the right to have the pentacle engraved on their military tombstone or marker after ten years of stonewalling by the VA. While the act is attributed to local vandals, the report does explore the possibility that the brick thrown at her truck was connected to anti-Pagan sentiment.

But there’s another more remote, but more disturbing possibility: Roberta Stewart’s very public dispute with the Veteran’s Administration following her husband’s death. Although the Army recognized Patrick Stewart’s religion, it took a lawsuit against the V-A and government intervention to get the Wiccan faith’s symbol, a pentacle, placed on his marker at the veterans cemetery in Fernley. She won that fight, but the marker was vandalized shortly after it was installed. Roberta has continued to be a vocal advocate for religious tolerance and slain soldiers’ families. It’s a stance that still stirs strong emotions in some. She still gets angry emails. She doubts her truck was targeted for that reason, but can’t help but wonder. “We still get things where people don’t believe that we have the right to practice religious freedom, so it could have. I can’t be the one to answer that, but i would hope not.”

Selena Fox of Circle Sanctuary, who worked closely with Roberta Stewart during the Veteran Pentacle Campaign, issued the following statement on her official Facebook Pagan.

“Please send healing, strength, and protection to Roberta Stewart, the courageous Wiccan Afghanistan War Widow who was with me on the front-lines of the successful quest to the get US Department of Veterans Affairs to add the Pentacle to the list of emblems that can be included on the grave markers they issue to honor deceased veterans.”

While this vandalism is terrible, I do hope that it truly was random, as evidence suggests, and not motivated by religious hatred. My best wishes go out to Roberta Stewart, may she have all the strength and healing she needs, and may the perpetrators be caught.

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That’s all I have for now, have a great day!

Jason Pitzl-Waters


  • Peter Dybing is a truly inspiring leader, I hope one day he is elected president of the United States.

    • You would wish that job on me, What did I ever do to you?

  • I don’t know if hiding in a Port-a-Potty for two days would qualify one to start a goddess religion, but it certainly would go a long way toward explaining a great deal of Pagan poetry.

  • Baruch Dreamstalker

    Did you really mean to refer to Hagee’s speech as “non-infamous”? Or should that have been “now-infamous”? (Oh, these typos that get through spell-check…)

    • I’m having the editor flogged as we speak…

      • Grimmorrigan

        I’m beginning to think the editor makes these mistakes on purpose now. Someone likes the floggings

  • Good ‘ol Interfaith…solidarity FTW every time 🙂

  • May the perps be caught and punished, and my the truck be repaired or replaced.