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Pagan stone circle built at US Air Force training academy
The US military has built a stone circle in its Air Force academy to give pagans, druids and witches somewhere to practice their religion.
Stonehenge, UK: The Colarado base has spent around £50,000 building the Stonehenge-like structure Photo: ALAMY
The Colorado base has spent around £50,000 building the Stonehenge-like structure to allow witches to cast spells, and pagans to form "circles of power" by night.
it is situated on top of a wooded hill and includes a fire pit.
The academy says it is for cadets who practice 'Earth based' religions including druids, witches and North American faiths.
Despite the expenses it is believed only three out of the 4,300 cadets have openly admitted that they are pagan.
Bob Barr, a former Republican congressman, campaigned to ban witches from the military, saying: "What's next? Will armoured divisions be forced to travel with sacrificial animals for Satanic rituals? Will Rastafarians demand the inclusion of ritualistic marijuana cigarettes in their rations?"
The Wiccan religion was added to the US Army's chaplain's handbook in the 1970s and includes details on how covens are organised and how Druids worship 'Mother Earth and Father Sky.'
"Most Wiccan groups also practise magic, by which they mean the direction and use of 'psychic energy' — those natural but invisible forces which surround all living things," it explains.
The air force says the site is to help to protect the constitutional right to religious freedom.
But some think it is an attempt to attract more Wiccans to the army.
"Many men attracted to wicca are also attracted to this fantasy of the ancient warrior who is spiritually adept, but also a great fighter," Margot Adler, a renowned witch and broadcaster, said.
The American Religious Identification Survey estimated that there were 700,000 pagans and wiccans in the US