|If you guessed Fox, you'd be correct.|
It's not like Fox has a particularly clean and sporting reputation. Public opinion holds that Fox News is not true educational journalism but simply entertainment, and I'd have to concur - especially after an article appeared on MediaMatters.org about a trio of hosts stereotyping and attacking Wiccans.
Here's the video proof.
Not only do they repeatedly refer to Wicca as "Wiccanism," but suddenly jump from a figure of 20% (which accounts for the eight standard Wiccan sabbats) to 20 holidays. They continue to stereotype what a standard Wiccan is like, calling us "compulsive Dungeons and Dragons players" or "middle-aged, twice-divorced older [women] living in a rural area." Neither of which I fall under.
Apparently we also "like a lot of incense." Guilty as charged there.
Because it's Fox News, I take it with a grain of salt. In truth, this elaborates on a much larger story and a step forward for Wiccans taking place in my own state. The University of Missouri recently added eight Wiccan and Pagan holidays to their student calendar. Teachers are being asked to refrain from handing out tests on sabbats so as to accommodate Wiccans and Pagans in the classroom. When it comes to religious equality, I'd have to give my state a good pat on the back there.
Some notes after this entry was written:
It seems that MediaMatters.org has taken down the original article. You can find a Google cache of the article here.
Should the video stop working, since I did essentially bum it from their website, there is an alternative version uploaded to Youtube by Marick. You can find that here.
Finally, there is a petition going around demanding that Fox News apologize to Pagans and Wiccans. Sign that petition here.