Fox News - Students at University of Missouri don’t need to cram for exams that fall on Wiccan and Pagan holidays, now that the school has put them on par with Christmas, Thanksgiving and Hanukah. The university’s latest “Guide to Religions: Major Holidays and Suggested Accommodations” — designed to help faculty know when and when not to schedule exams and other student activities — lists eight Wiccan and Pagan holidays and events right alongside more mainstream occasions. It’s all part of the school’s effort to include everyone’s beliefs, although some critics say listing every holiday associated with fringe belief systems is a bit much.
“The holidays and accommodations section of this guide is provided to faculty, staff and student leaders as an educational resource for the myriad of religious holy days celebrated at Mizzou,” the guide reads. “Not only does this section offer crucial information about dates and practices, we also hope that the information about recommended academic and food accommodations will be valuable to those planning classroom activities and other academic and co-curricular events.” “It’s beyond political correctness, it’s almost like an excuse to do nothing.” - Tammy Bruce, radio host
I don’t like to knock anyone’s religious beliefs, because if I’m going to get a week off at a Catholic school to celebrate a guy rising from the dead I’m fine with people taking a couple of days off to celebrate the birth of their warrior god or the new moon in Aquarius. But there’s religious beliefs and then there’s fucking Wiccans. Just because you have the Special Collector’s Edition of the The Blair Witch Project and LARPing is your favorite recreational activity doesn’t mean that you get to start calling yourself a religion. If they get Halloween off to skin cats and bathe in their blood or whatever it is that Wiccans do to party, maybe I should start a religion of my own because apparently you don’t even have to make an effort to be recognized anymore. The services will consist of the members of the congregation drinking the sacred elixir Jameson and our holy days are the day after the Super Bowl, Mardi Gras, St. Patrick’s Day, Arbor Day, Flag Day and also every Friday. It’ll basically be like my life now except if I fail a test because I didn’t study I can just call the ACLU and get everything sorted out.