Fox News Goes After Mizzou For Respecting Wiccan, Pagan Holidays, Religious Diversity

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The University of Missouri's respect for a diverse range of religious holidays -- not just the main ones, like Christmas, Thanksgiving and Hanukah -- goes "beyond political correctness." It's "almost like an excuse to do nothing."

So says radio host Tammy Bruce, in an eye-opening Fox News story that goes after Mizzou for maintaining a policy that "lists eight Wiccan and Pagan holidays and events right alongside more mainstream occasions."

Which is, of course, a total outrage that deserves some good old-fashioned journalistic scrutiny.

Here are some excerpts from the Fox News article, published on Monday:

Students at University of Missouri don't need to cram for exams that fall on Wiccan and Pagan holidays, now that the school has put them on par with Christmas, Thanksgiving and Hanukah....

The first holiday on the list is the Hindu two-day festival celebrating the birth of Krishna, a god considered to be a "warrior, hero, teacher and philosopher." During the observance, which occurs on Aug. 28 this year, Hindus are likely to forgo sleep in order to, among other things, sing traditional songs....

For Samhain, listed as a Pagan and Wiccan celebration considered by some to be the Wiccan New Year, general practices include "paying respect to ancestors, family members, elders of the faith, friends, pets and other loved ones" who have died. The holiday coincides with Halloween.

The guide in question, found at diversity.missouri.edu, is provided to faculty, staff and student leaders as a resource for various holy days celebrated at Mizzou.

Absolutely disgusting, right?

We first got wind of the Fox News article from the Maneater, the student-run paper at Mizzou, which slams the piece as an insulting attack on the university's policies supporting religious tolerance.

But Fox has a better idea of what the policy truly represents.

It is, as Bruce told them, "indicative of an unbecoming societal shift."

"It almost seems as though we're looking for excuses for people to not have to take their commitments seriously," Bruce said.

Those damn lazy college kids.

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krly
krly

I guess it's only ok for kids to skip exams if the exam covers evolution, eh Fox News and State of Missouri?

smdrpepper
smdrpepper

FOX "news", spreading ignorance and hatred for decades.  How much you want to bet they think Wiccans and Pagans are out sacrificing virgins? 

 I think they are secretly doing that to Karl Rove and Murdock.

The right wing is all about freedom of religion, just as long as  you are christian.

Uhvbnjonathaned
Uhvbnjonathaned

I'm not 100% sure, but I think Sam's use of "absolutely disgusting" was an attempt, although poor, at sarcasm.  He uses sarcastic devices elsewhere in the piece and given the general tone I believe that's what he was trying to convey.  Just sayin...

AngryPagan
AngryPagan

One more thing.  Did you even go into the guide and look through it?  Probably not, because you're like Fox and don't do any fact checking before making ignorant statements (and we're the lazy ones?)  I did look through the guide.  It says nothing about requiring days off or making any special accommodations.  It seems they've added it just to educate the professors and other faculty about the many different holidays that are celebrated on campus. So what's the big deal?  All they're doing is listing that they EXIST. 
Is it still an outrage?  Is our very existence disgusting to you?

bonita.evans
bonita.evans

Seriously? What exactly is 'absolutely disgusting', Sam Levin? There is absolutely no evidence whatsover that Pagans, college students or not, are excusing their commitments by having their holy days recognized.

AngryPagan
AngryPagan

No, you know what's absolutely disgusting.  You.  

 I apologize if my religious beliefs are "a total outrage" to you.  You know, I’m supposed to have the right to practice whatever religion I want, but since my own personal religious observance outrages you, I guess that means it’s okay for you to take my rights away.

You call us lazy?  But we're not asking for a whole month off for Christmas.  We're not asking for a whole week off for Easter.  We would just like to be able to have the time to observe the holidays that we feel are important, without people like you taking away our first amendment rights.

Unsure
Unsure

@Uhvbnjonathaned 
If it is sarcasm, it's poorly done.  It would also be extremely unprofessional and misleading for an article to be written in such a way.  So, if it is indeed sarcasm, all they're doing is spreading Fox's ignorant message further without offering any sort of real explanation or corrections to the original statements made.  Sarcastic or not, this article is not a good thing.

bonita.evans
bonita.evans

@Uhvbnjonathaned Yes, that's possible. This whole article could be dripping in sarcasm, which would leave us to wonder what Sam Levin truly thinks.

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