The University of Missouri has produced this handy dandy guide to the various religious holidays their students might celebrate - Guide to Religions: Major Holidays and Suggested Accommodations.
While I applaud the school for recognizing that their student population isn’t comprised solely of WASPs, naturally Fox news had to jump in and ruin everyone’s good time with their ham-fisted ignorance. Choosing to focus solely on the accommodations for Wiccans (
because Fox can’t get away with making fun of Asians), Fox and their contributors took a few potshots at some hilarious pagan stereotypes while Tammy Bruce (I’m still in shock that she’s not an octogenarian) gave this dire warning about our society’s future:
“It almost seems as though we’re looking for excuses for people to not have to take their commitments seriously,” Bruce told FoxNews.com. “It’s beyond political correctness; it’s almost like an excuse to do nothing. It’s like societal nihilism, where nothing matters.”
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/02/17/university-missouri-guide-asks-professors-to-accommodate-wiccan-pagan-holidays/#ixzz2LE3pH8eB
Of course, the hilarious bit is that according to one of the few articles on the subject NOT written by Fox, “no “significant work restrictions” or recommendations are listed for Mabon, Samhain, Yule, Imbolc, Ostara, Beltane, Litha or Lammas.” [source]
The article goes on to say, “For many celebrations, the guide includes general recommendations for faculty members on what to do for specific holidays. For example, for the Jewish holiday Yom Kippur, the university recommends that faculty members avoid planning activities, events or “scheduling important academic deadlines.” Other holidays with “significant work restrictions” include the holidays like the Islamic Eid al-Adha, Christmas, the Shinto Gantan-sai, and the Chinese New Year.”
So kudos to the University of Missouri for actually caring about its students and recognizing the needs of their ethnically, religiously, and nationally diverse student population. You get four candy canes, and none for
Gretchen Weiners Fox News.