Friday, August 31, 2007

For Immediate Release:
Thursday, August 30, 2007

President Bush Apologizes to Wiccan War Widow Roberta Stewart

At midday today, President George W. Bush met by phone with Roberta
Stewart, a Wiccan from Nevada and member of Circle Sanctuary. The
president apologized to Roberta for her not being invited to the meeting
he held in Reno, Nevada on Tuesday with families of Nevada soldiers killed
in action.

Reports about Roberta not being invited to this meeting began appearing
in the media yesterday and have continued today:
In the press articles, both Rev. Barry Lynn, executive director of
Americans United for Separation of Church and State, and Rev. Selena
Fox, senior minister of Circle Sanctuary, called for the president to
apologize to Roberta Stewart, and to give equal respect to soldiers and their
families regardless of their religious orientation.

During the phone call, the president said that he admired Roberta for
her spirit and thanked her for accepting his apology. He also offered his
condolences for the loss of her husband, Sgt. Patrick Stewart, who was
killed in action in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan on
September 25, 2005.

Following her phone meeting with the president, Roberta told Selena: "I
am thankful that President Bush offered his condolences and his apology.
This has helped bring some much needed closure for me regarding this recent
issue as well as the struggles I have endured in the Veteran Pentacle
Quest seeking to have my husband properly honored."

Both Rev. Fox and Rev. Lynn have expressed their appreciation for the
president's phone meeting with Roberta:

Rev. Fox: "I am glad that President Bush provided this support to
Roberta -- it has helped remedy this recent problem as well as helped heal the
stress that Roberta has endured since her husband was killed in action.
It also is a positive development for Wiccans and other Pagans who are
serving and who have served in the US military and their families in the
quest for equal respect and equal rights in society."

Rev. Lynn: "The president has done the right thing, and his apology to
Stewart should be commended. All veterans of war, regardless of their
faith, should be honored and treated with the utmost respect, especially
from their commander-in-chief. We are pleased the president recognized
his slight of Stewart was wrong."

Americans United for Separation of Church and State has issued a press
release commending President Bush for apologizing to Roberta:

Rev. Lynn interviewed Roberta for his Culture Shocks show shortly after
the President apologized to her. The show, which was broadcast today, will
be archived on-line beginning tomorrow:

News of the apology also has begun appearing in the press:

More information about Roberta Stewart, Sgt. Stewart, and the Veteran
Pentacle Quest Success:


Rev. Selena Fox: 608-924-2216
Executive Director, Lady Liberty League

Angie Buchanan: 847-456-4833
Public Relations Director, Lady Liberty League

Paula Johnson: 954-471-1435
Media Relations Coordinator, Lady Liberty League

Lady Liberty League News Release
Circle Sanctuary
PO Box 9, Barneveld, WI 53507 USA
telephone: (608) 924-2216
fax: (608) 924-5961

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