Despite his frequent whining about how Christians are just soooo mistreated, Tucker Carlson has no problems maligning those who follow a Wiccan belief system. One imagines that Carlson would have a problem if - say - somebody at MSNBC maligned his Anglican church (the more conservative version of Episcopalism) but that didn't stop Carlson from saying, during his misrepresentation, on Fox & Friends, of a religious diversity guide at the University of Missouri, that Wiccans "hate orthodox Christianity." Later, in the same Fox & Friends show, Carlson (and the "Friends" - Clayton Morris and Ann Kooiman) continued to denigrate and mock Wiccans and lie about the University of Missouri. Ah, don't ya love the smell of righteous Christian bigotry in the morning!
Framing the story with the perfunctory reference to a popular Fox meme, Clayton Morris said the "PC police are at it again." When he asked if Wiccans make up a large section of the population, Carlson loudly interjected, "they don't." The resident leggy blonde, Anna Kooiman, giggled. Morris snarked that there must be many Wiccans at the University of Missouri as "they need to have all of their holidays recognized." Carlson said "they have a ton of holidays." Fact Check - they have 8 holidays described in the diversity guide. Jews have 11 and Christians have 7. Carlson said that the "down side of Wiccan is that it's a form of witchcraft." (Don' think they would agree). He repeated the "ton of holidays" and noted that 20% of the University of Missouri school holidays are Wiccan.
Fact Check- no Wiccan holidays are part of the official school calendar. The school's Diversity Guide lists holy days of a number of religions so that professors can plan around them, if necessary. The Wiccan holidays are described and NO additional planning is recommended for these days, unlike Christian, Muslim, and Jewish holy days. The chyron reinforced the lie: "Testy Situation, MU, No Exams on Wiccan and Pagan Holidays."
A section of Carlson's earlier interview with Tammy Bruce, during which she claimed that pagans and Wiccans are being used to "downgrade what is important to a majority of Americans," was played. Kooiman worked in the requisite and patented Fox persecuted Christian and WAR ON CHRISTMAS memes when she claimed that Christians "can't say Merry Christmas to anybody or else you're trying to push your Christian faith on other people." (And claiming that "happy holidays" is offensive is doing just that!)
Clayton Morris then told an absolute LIE - he said that "you get 20 holidays if you're a WICCAN." Wrong they don't get ANY official holidays. They have 8 holidays listed in the guide. Carlson said that he can't take seriously any religion that has Halloween as it's most sacred day. He said "call me a bigot."
Morris mentioned that he once interviewed some Wiccans who described themselves as peaceful people. Carlson attacked: "Every Wiccan I've ever known is either a compulsive Dungeons and Dragons player or is a middle aged, twice divorced older woman living in a rural area who is a mid-wife." Morris added "and likes a lot of incense."
So, using Tucker's comedic stylings, I guess it would be OK for a member of the librul media to say that any Catholic they've ever known worships statues and is a middle aged older woman whose husband is fooling around with his secretary? And all priests are pedophiles. Obviously, not - but that's what passes for humor on the curvy, Christian couch on Fox & Friends. Once again we are reminded that Fox & Friends is "the morning happy-talk show that Ailes uses as one of his primary vehicles to inject his venom into the media bloodstream."
And yeah, Tucker, not only are you a bigot; you're a real dick!
You do know that some of the Hounds are Wiccan- Right, Brian?
And conservatives wonder why they have a problem with minority voters…?
Wicca doesn’t try to pretend that its origins are not rooted in the popular pagan ritualism of a bygone era.