FEBRUARY 18, 2013 - Fox News and Friends anchors inaccurately portray Wiccans this morning in light of the University of Missouri's long-standing decision to include the Wiccan and Pagan holidays and their descriptions in their campus holiday Guide to Religions: Major Holidays and Suggested Accommodations. The University of Missouri stated, "The information about the Wiccan & Pagan holidays has been in the guide since last fall. Keep in mind that this is not intended just for faculty. This is an informational guide for anyone across campus."
While the decisions made by the University of Missouri are fully wholesome and accurate, the angle presented by the anchors of weekday Fox News and Friends was not. "Every Wiccan I've known is either a compulsive Dungeons & Dragons player or is a middle-aged twice divorced older woman living in a rural area who works as a midwife," says Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson, as anchor Ainsley Earhardt grimaces at the harsh and inaccuracy of his words. She does note that she does not know a single Wiccan and remains out of the harmful conversation overall, for the duration of this particular video, while Carlson and Bruce skew statistics as well as insult the intelligence of Wiccans worldwide. The video resides below this article.
Upon viewing the broadcast, Jasmine Wolfe expressed her own feelings on the matter, "Not only is the information misrepresenting the religion and those who subscribe to this lifestyle, but the disparaging manner in which the Wiccan and Pagan community was discussed is unnecessarily rude." Another viewer, and long-time Witch simply said, "At first, I thought, 'This is really offensive,' but then it said FOX News, and I understood why."
An online petition has been started in order to have the anchors of Fox News & Friends to apologize for their hash, unnecessary, and uninformed words, and a link to that petition can be found here at Change.org.
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