According to the article, Tucker Carlson of Fox News said that “Wiccans are a very small minority and shouldn't be included in the University of Missouri's policy”. Mr. Carlson is also quoted as saying “Every Wiccan [he's] 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 works as a midwife." I’d have to strongly disagree with his generalizations. Wicca is not the small minority Mr. Carlson believes it to be and is comprised of people from all walks of life. In fact, Wicca would most likely exceed other lesser known religions on the list such as Shinto and Baha’i. Don’t get me wrong, as a Christian I am strongly in favor of having off on Christmas and Good Friday to celebrate Jesus' birth, death and resurrection. In that sense, Jewish, Christian, Wiccan and other faiths share a common objective of having their holidays observed. However, do we really want to sacrifice education for diversity?
It would seem challenging for a teacher to coordinate an opportune time for exams between the seemingly endless list of religious observances, only to find they’ve scheduled the exam the day after The Super Bowl, leaving students operating on little sleep and potential hangovers from parties despite the Religious Guide. You have to wonder when non-religious days will soon be added compromising their education. The real test for these students is their ability to persevere and plan for their religious holiday to make the grade that will ultimately benefit their future career. It’s a tough choice, but that responsibility lies within the student, not with the institution.
©By S. A. Tower, 2013
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