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Does fox news do ANY research? [Apr. 6th, 2006|04:30 pm]
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here's what triggered my annoyance ('twas posted in interfaith_talk) :

FOX Fan wants to know YOUR opinion on the hottest issues.:

Honoring a Wiccan Warrior
Nevada National Guard Sgt. Patrick Stewart was killed in the line of duty in Afghanistan in September 2005. Now, his widow wants to honor his sacrifice with a plaque on a military memorial wall. But the Department of Veterans' Affairs does not recognize the Wiccan religion, which Stewart practiced, and will not allow the symbol of his religion to be included on the plaque. Is this religious discrimination? Watch the video and tell us whether you give the DVA's decision an Up or Down vote.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,190322,00.html 

In a 30 second news clip my blood pressure rocketed.  Apparently I've been doing this wiccan thing ALL WRONG.  We're apparently supposed to worry that the pentacle is seen as a "symbol of Satanism and Witchcraft"  Wow, and now here I thought that Wiccans practiced witchcraft!  Apparently though it's offensive to imply that!

No not all witches are wiccans and I get how they get irritated when they're jammed in the same group as us, but clearly wiccans ARE witches.  It's a base of our religion and I'm sick to death of these fluffly motherfuckers degrading my beliefs to try and make wicca socially acceptable to grandma.  

"Oooh, the scary christians might judge us and we should gain their respect!"  'Cause god knows that all the other religions out there are perfectly willing to sacrifice parts of thier beliefs just because they're not popular or don't make sense to everyone.  That's why Jewish people eat pork and the Catholic church just loves to marry gay couples.  Oh wait, that's not happening.  And who ever gained anyones respect by acting unsure of themselves and compromising their morals?

As for the Satanist thing, well I don't give one shite if they use pentacles, more power to 'em, it's a damn pretty symbol.  

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[User Picture]From: lupagreenwolf
2006-04-06 10:36 pm (UTC)
Just a day after I went on Witcvox and saw some Wiccan calling for people to contact chain bookstores and ask them to separate Anton laVey's works from the happy white-light books.
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[User Picture]From: seithman
2006-05-02 10:40 am (UTC)
"Oooh, the scary christians might judge us and we should gain their respect!"

That mentality has always bugged me for one particular reason:

It's not my religious practices that deteremines whether people should respsect me!

I deserve a certain amount of respect because I'm a human being, just like everyone else.
I deserve a certain amount of respect because I'm a contributing member of my community.
I deserve a certain amount of respect because I try to think about other people rather than being self-absorbed all the time.

Given the above, I argue that if people want to take away from the respect I deserve because of my religious beliefs and practices, the onus is on them to justify that decision. I've already done what the average being should do in order to receive respect, so they need to answer for their failure to show that respect.
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[User Picture]From: consortofvenus
2008-01-01 09:55 pm (UTC)
I know this is a very old post but I have to tell you how awesome I think it is.
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