I’m not the type to be easily offended. I mean, other than the no-brainers. “You’re less because you’re a woman.” “You’re white, so you’re…” Insert whatever comes to mind. But on the religion front, I’m not that touché. Or, I try not to be. If someone says Happy Kwanza to me, I just smile and nod in return. They took the time to say something nice to me, why should I be offended because it’s not Happy Yule? No, that kind of mess doesn’t bother me. However, what does bother me is the blatant mocking of my faith. That’s strike one. Strike two comes when it’s so obvious that you, small minded moron that you are, have no clue what you are talking about.
I’m referring to a specific small minded moron. Or, morons rather. Fox News apparently runs this show called Fox with Friends and on February 17, 2013, they aired what was perhaps the biggest demonstration of ignorance that I have seen in my entire life. I’m young yet, which is scary given how bad this was. The headline which grabbed my attention to watch this filth was “Fox News Attacks Wiccans.” Number one, they didn’t attack per se, and number two, it wasn’t just Wiccans. No, what they did was openly mock all Pagans and Wiccans, even though our numbers are so insubstantial they barely acknowledge our legitimacy. Not only did they mock my faith, they got their facts wrong. So horribly wrong it was painful to watch.
I vibrated with rage. I was, surprising to realize, highly OFFENDED! And that’s a word I try to avoid in my life.
Apparently, Wiccans have so many holidays that we can’t even keep track. Because eight is really a high number. And all Pagans inhale so much incense we can’t even count that high. But we sure know how to use twenty-sided dice. Also, Wiccanism is a legit word and Halloween is a ridiculous holiday to put real stock in. They just can’t take anyone seriously who looks to that as a real holiday. And we should be offended that the University of Minnesota has put our holidays on the calendar, because that’s just agenda pushing and we’re being used.
…Where in the hell to even start? Dear, your lack of research is showing! It is my sincere hope that anyone who might follow this blog at least semi-regularly knows better. Pagans have eight sabbats. Samhain is the biggie, the last harvest festival and the beginning of our new year. It’s part of a little thing called the wheel of the year. Samhain is what modern day Halloween is based on. Are you following me, class? Wiccans are followers of Wicca. Oh, and that agenda we should be offended for forwarding? I assume, since it is Fox News, that they are discreetly referring to the liberal agenda, which is all about free sex and killing babies. Of course. It couldn’t be just because we want our own faith recognized, in however small of a way.
Then, one of these lovely reporters had the audacity to bring Christians into it. The same old argument that a Christian can’t say Merry Christmas without being berated and accused of shoving religion down someone’s throat.
…Sweetheart, we’ll talk about interfaith equality when you get your facts straight. I still haven’t picked my jaw up off the floor from the bullshit you just spit out of your perfectly done face.
I’m in an interfaith relationship. Bear is Christian and very much dedicated to that path. There is nothing wrong with that and there is nothing wrong with me talking to the Goddess every day. We are fortunate enough to live in a country where that is accepted, as one of the aforementioned morons so lovingly tried use to further her point, almost insinuating we should just shut up and be happy with that. No. Just…no. Darling, so long as people like you walk the earth, spitting out your ignorance and mockery, that’s never going to be good enough.
I have my moments of tree hugger behavior. Then I also have moments where I act like the loud mouth redneck I was raised to be, drooling over that jacked up Ford F-250 that just drove by, with the pipes and mud down the sides. Not only did Fox News mock us, they stereotyped us. Which, I’ll be the first to admit that stereotypes don’t just appear out of thin air, but it’s like with anything else. When they have to interview a person out of a particular group, like Pagans, they somehow manage to find the craziest, most out there Pagan, tree hugger, activist to represent all of us. And then dude sitting at home watching this on his couch thinks that is how we all are. Dude proceeds to go out into the world and he meets one of us. When it turns out to be his twenty year old niece who he’s known her entire life, suddenly it’s as if the girl has grown horns.
That’s the risk Pagans take when telling family members. That’s the line we walk every single day. It’s one Christians will likely never have to deal with, not in this country. And yet we’re not the ones being persecuted, they are. We’re just being used to further some insane agenda.
It’s not fair. It’s most definitely not right. I won’t write Fox News off as the devil, but now, when my anger has cooled down, I am just disheartened and disappointed.
I’m including a link to the video in question and the petition asking Fox News to apologize for this mess, even though it won’t repair the damage done.