The 2011 edition of the annual “Wastebook” (pdf) published by Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK), which contains a list of “wasteful and low priority government spending,” includes the “Falcon Circle” erected by the US Air Force Academy earlier in the year.
79) Air Force Academy Builds “Stonehenge-like Worship Center” – (CO) $51,474
The worship center is “for the handful of current or future cadets whose religions fall under the broad category of ‘Earth-based,'” which includes Wiccans, druids and pagans.
Three students out of 4,300 students self-reported as currently having an “earth-based” religion…
The American people support religious freedom, but this investment challenges their faith in government to ever make smart budget choices.
Senator Coburn seems to make the point that his complaint is an issue of “smart budget choices” rather than a lack of desire to support religious freedom. It’s also important to note that millions of dollars are spent on US military facilities to support the religious liberty of US troops.
While one could argue the “per capita” for pagans was Read more