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Center of the Elemental Spirit's response to the recent "Fox and Friends" comments

Marty C.
Group Organizer
Chicago, IL


Chicago’s Wiccan Community outraged by Fox and Friends...Twice

Chicago, IL - March 25, 2013 - “It was bad enough when we were stereotyped by ‘Fox and Friends’ on their February 17, 2013 show but to receive such a disingenuous apology by Twitter from Tucker Carlson is unconscionable.” Said Marty Couch, founder of Center of the Elemental Spirit - A Congregational Wiccan Community.

Mr. Couch was referring to a segment that “Fox and Friends” did on the University of Missouri’s new policy to include the eight major holidays of the Wiccan and most Pagan faiths as recognized holidays.

“I believe it is no surprise to anyone that Fox News is conservative. They tend to have a very right wing, christian slant on everything. From Rush Limbaugh endorsing a ‘buy gold’ program and telling his watchers to ‘pray on it’ to Bill O’Reilly saying ‘Science doesn't advance the human condition in any moralistic way -- and Jesus did’ they seem to take a religious view. As long as the religion is christianity.”

Wicca is a Federally recognized religion. Soldiers have the option of a Pentagram (the religious symbol for Wicca and some Pagan religions) on their grave stones. We have a congregation in Chicago with almost 500 members. This is a growing religion which is getting respect - from everyone but Fox News. When petitions circulated for an apology, all the Wiccan community received was a simple tweet from Tucker Carlson “To Wiccans and Pagans: Sorry for my pointlessly nasty remarks. Your holidays still confuse me, but you seem like nice people.”

“As a journalist, if something confuses Mr. Tucker then he should research it before talking about it on National Television. Isn’t that part of a journalist’s job?” continued Couch. “As far as his Twitpology, it is not what we have asked for and far less than we deserve. We deserve a true and sincere apology from Fox and Friends as well as Fox News. Otherwise the message sent to the American People is that it’s ok to mock any religion that is not yours.

Marty Couch has been a member of the Chicago Pagan community for over 25 years and has dedicated much of that time to interfaith outreach.

If you have not yet signed the petition asking for a true apology from "Fox and Friends, please click here or visit­
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