I first read about this story over at The Wild Hunt (“The Mainstream News Media Dance with Wicca“) yesterday, but didn’t get around to watching the videos until today. There’s plenty that one could comment about in the video. It’s chock full of privileged, tone-deaf, insulting, ignorant, and unprofessional statements. Among the things that most stuck out to me was this idea that Wiccans and Pagans should be outraged because they are “being used for a political agenda.” I hate to break it to you, Tammy Bruce, but the only one using Wiccans and Pagans for a political agenda is the folks over at Fox News.
Note to the blond in the middle: You can, in fact, wish anyone you want a “Merry Christmas” on your own time. Just don’t be offended if I don’t respond or wish you a “Happy Holidays” in return. Your right to say “Merry Christmas” is not in jeopardy.
Oh, and for the record? Our family celebrates Imbolc, Vernal Equinox (Ostara), Beltane, Summer Solstice, Lammas (Lughnasadh), Autumnal Equinox (Mabon), Samhain, and the Winter Solstice (Yule). Perhaps if you had done just the slightest bit of research you might have realized that Pagan beliefs are not a homogeneous sort of thing.
Best takedown of their “news” story? Thudfactor’s “Pagan Holidays and the Fox.”