Defense Department Officially Recognizes Humanism and Heathen as Religions

Last month, the Department of Defense (DOD) announced that it will officially recognize a large host of small religions, including Humanism, Heathen, and even the Church of the Spiral Tree.

“Beyond Humanism, the new listing is a win for diversity in general,” Jason Torpy, president of the Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers, said in a statement. “There is also reason to celebrate other additions. For example, Heathen, Asatru, and Troth designations are long-awaited and well-deserved among the Earth-Centered Community.”

  • Martin B

    If they were Freethinkers, they wouldn’t be demanding official government recognition of their thoughts.

  • Millie_Woods

    Obviously there’s a lot of swamp-draining left to do. For the good of the republic, Mattis needs to start weeding out Obama’s fruitcakes.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    I notice that the article contains no definition of religion itself.

  • Frances

    Maybe the Christians should start insisting all saint’s days are holy days and, therefore, also holidays.

    • SMC_BC

      Okay, but All Saint’s Day really is a solemnity and holy day of obligation. There are lots of other solemnities and feast days too so you’re on solid ground.
      I use to work in gemology at a company owned and operated by a devote Jewish family. They had religious calendars for other faiths and expected staff to be off work (paid) on their holy days. Needless to say, it was great being Catholic. lol

      • Frances

        I’m not referring to All Saints’ Day, which I agree is a solemn and holy day of obligation. I’m referring to the days associated with other saints, which we Christians really should take up as “holy days” and demand time off for. We could start with St Patrick and go on from there.