Thursday, February 21, 2013
Fox News demonstrates their ignorance towards Wiccans and Pagans!
Today I received a link from a student that shows three FOX news journalists discussing a recent decision by the University of Missouri to recognize Wiccan and Pagan holidays on campus.
I have enclosed the link to the broadcast here. Please take a moment to watch it. Then we'll talk.
Have you watched it? Good. Now let me vent a bit. Are you kidding me???!!! These ignorant fools are not only bigots, but so unaware of what and who makes up the world around them. The newscaster on the left of the screen not only is ignorant but I detected a bit of attitude and it seemed almost as if he was angry at Wiccans and Pagans. What's bothering him?
His quote as I recall it " Every Wiccan and Pagan I've met is either a Dungeons and Dragons fan" For the record I have never played Dungeons and Dragons, ever! "Or is a twice divorced woman living in a rural area and is a midwife" Wow! Wait a moment and let me say again "Wow"!!
The foolishness continues as they then disregard their own reporting and quickly go from 20% of all holidays on the calendar make up Wiccan holidays to stating Wiccans celebrate 20 holidays a year!! For those who are not strong on math 20% of a whole does not equal 20. We have 8 holidays.
The typical mainstream American celebrates more than 8 holidays a year. Let's just count them for fun. New Years Eve, New Years Day, Valentines Day, Presidents Day, Martin Luther King Day, Easter, Fourth of July, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas come to mind easily. That's twelve right there. There might be a few more that I've missed, but I've counted for mainstream America the typical holidays that causes banks and municipal buildings to close. I'd call those actual holidays, if you cannot conduct business, wouldn't you?
I thought one comment especially mean spirited when he asked "How many Wiccans can name all of their holidays, really?" Why was that even a question. I know most of us can name all of our holidays because we celebrate them yearly and they mean something more to most of us than simply a day off from work.
Also, whatever happened to actually reporting news stories and when did broadcaster's personal opinions start to matter? Especially when they have NO knowledge of that which they are reporting on. If you haven't watched the clip I urge you to do so, and make your own decision.
For me this clip showed a level of intolerance, ignorance and bigotry we are striving very hard to eliminate in this country and in our communities. These reporters with their ignorant banter has just made the job harder to do.
I'll conclude by asking, Is this a real news show? Are these really real journalists as one of the broadcasters alleges? Mmmmmmm, I'll let you decide.
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