The US Navy and Islam, Wicca on the High Seas
Public Affairs for the USS John C Stennis (CVN 74) recently published two personal interest stories on the Sailors who act as lay leaders for the Muslim and wiccan populations onboard. For the Islamic Sailors,
Marron Diaz, from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, is the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis’ (CVN 74) Security department’s urinalysis coordinator, but on Sunday evenings he is the ship’s Muslim lay leader…”
For those Sailors claiming wicca,
Aviation Electronics Technician 2nd Class Danny Sancho, from Loma Linda, California, [is] the Wiccan lay leader and a leading petty officer [on] the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74)…
Interestingly, both Diaz and Sancho start their stories by saying the came from Catholic families. Because Catholicism is heavily liturgical (ie, ritualistic), a person can “participate” in Catholicism without necessarily feeling Catholic — it can be an “impersonal” faith. For a person who seeks an intimate faith, other religions can be an appealing departure from Catholicism.