The VA’s list of available emblems for headstones and markers might help Dan Coffey choose invocation contestants.

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Yesterday, reader W took issue with 1st district councilman Dan “Wizard of Westside & Dispenser of Soulful Balm” Coffey’s ongoing insistence that only “legitimate” religious institutions are eligible to offer invocations before council.

NAC Reader Comments 1: “The US Government has no list of ‘legitimate’ religions.”

As Coffey contemplates the existence of various “official” religions, to be daintily arranged in precise order on his clipboard with a different color of Crayola for each, the very same blog reader who commented yesterday has provided the VA’s list for the councilman’s use.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
National Cemetery Administration
Available Emblems of Belief for Placement on Government Headstones and Markers

First, I’ve chosen a few of the more interesting emblems. The whole list follows.

You’re welcome, CM Coffey.

I’m readying my stirring atheist’s invocation as we drift toward irrelevance together.

ATHEIST (16)

HUMANIST (AMERICAN HUMANIST ASSOCIATION) (32) 

FAROHAR (Zoroastrianism) (43)

INFINITY (49)

HAMMER OF THOR (55) 

WICCAN (37)

SANDHILL CRANE (57)

AVAILABLE EMBLEMS

LATIN CROSS (01)
BUDDHIST (Wheel of Righteousness) (02)
JUDAISM (Star of David) (03)
PRESBYTERIAN CROSS (04)
RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CROSS (05)
LUTHERAN CROSS (06)
EPISCOPAL CROSS (07)
UNITARIAN CHURCH (Flaming Chalice) (08)
UNITED METHODIST CHURCH (09)
AARONIC ORDER CHURCH (10)
MORMON (Angel Moroni) (11)
NATIVE AMERICAN CHURCH OF NORTH AMERICA (12)
SERBIAN ORTHODOX (13)
GREEK CROSS (14)
BAHAI (9 Pointed Star) (15)
ATHEIST (16)
MUSLIM (Crescent and Star) (17)
HINDU (18)
KONKO-KYO FAITH (19)
COMMUNITY OF CHRIST (20)
SUFISM REORIENTED (21)
TENRIKYO CHURCH (22)
SIECHO-NO-IE (23)
THE CHURCH OF WORLD MESSIANITY (lzunome) (24)
UNITED CHURCH OF RELIGIOUS SCIENCE (25)
CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH (26)
UNITED MORAVIAN CHURCH (27)
ECKANKAR (28)
CHRISTIAN CHURCH (29)
CHRISTIAN & MISSIONARY ALLIANCE (30)
UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST (31)
HUMANIST (AMERICAN HUMANIST ASSOCIATION) (32)
PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH (USA) (33)
IZUMO TAISHAKYO MISSION OF HAWAII (34)
SOKA GAKKAI INTERNATIONAL – USA (35)
SIKH (KHANDA) (36)
WICCAN (37)
LUTHERAN CHURCH MISSOURI SYNOD (38)
NEW APOSTOLIC CHURCH (39)
SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH (40)
CELTIC CROSS (41)
ARMENIAN CROSS (42)
FAROHAR (43)
MESSIANIC JEWISH (44)
KOHEN HANDS (45)
CATHOLIC CELTIC CROSS (46)
THE FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST (Cross and Crown) (47)
MEDICINE WHEEL (48)
INFINITY (49)
LUTHER ROSE (51)
LANDING EAGLE (52)
FOUR DIRECTIONS (53)
CHURCH OF NAZARENE (54)
HAMMER OF THOR (55)
UNIFICATION CHURCH (56)
SANDHILL CRANE (57)
MUSLIM (Islamic 5 Pointed Star) (98)

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