Salem, MA (PRWEB) February 19, 2013
The Witches of Salem, Massachusetts are incensed that the hosts of Fox & Friends criticized the University of Missouri for offering no-exam days for Witches’ holidays. (sources: Media Matters, The Raw Story) Well-known Witches Laurie Cabot, Lorelei, Christian Day and Leanne Marrama are upset at The Fox News Channel’s daily morning show and hope they apologize for the insult.
The University of Missouri’s guide to religions and holidays advises professors not to place exams and deadlines on days sacred to a variety of faiths and have now added Wiccans and Pagans to this list. On February 17th, Fox & Friends took issue with this. Guest Tucker Carlson argued that “Wiccans” (a name often used to describe Witches) are too tiny a minority for consideration and shouldn’t be included. Christian Day, a prominent Warlock and owner of Witchcraft shops Hex and Omen in Salem, Massachusetts and Hex in New Orleans, said, “Religious surveys over the last two decades suggest that Witchcraft is America’s fastest growing faith. America is a bubbling cauldron of different peoples and faiths and it is to our credit that our nation goes out of its way to respect those days that are sacred to us. Witches believe in respect for all faiths and Carlson’s divisive rhetoric is out of step with American values.”
Carlson stated that the “bad side of Wiccanism (sic) is that, obviously, it’s a form of Witchcraft.” Salem Witch Lorelei, a prominent psychic and owner of America’s oldest Witch shop, Crow Haven Corner, also in Salem, replies, “You would never see him calling Christianity or Judaism a bad thing. Witches treat all life as sacred and magical. This isn’t very good mojo for Mr. Carlson to be speaking this way. 20 people in my city were executed due to misperceptions about Witches and Tucker Carlson is stoking the very same fires that the Witch hunters did. Witches would never speak ill of any religion.”
Carlson further states that “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,” to which his co-host, Clayton Morris adds, “and likes a lot of incense.” Laurie Cabot, designated Salem’s Official Witch by the Governor in 1977 disagrees: “Witches come from every socio-economic and cultural background. We’re doctors, lawyers, bankers, and even politicians. We’re men, women, single people and families. The Supreme Court recognized Witchcraft as a legal religion in 1986, the U.S. Military recognizes Witches as well, with people of our faith openly protecting America and her values, and we even have our sacred pentacle approved for headstones in military cemeteries. Tucker Carlson should know better.”
Guest pundit Tammy Bruce went on to argue that “Pagans and Wiccans (were) being used for a political agenda to downgrade what’s important to a majority of Americans.” Hereditary Strega (Italian for Witch), and guest of TLC’s fashion show, “What Not to Wear,” Leanne Marrama reacted to this, saying, “I’m a fiscal conservative and I watch Fox and Friends regularly so this was especially disappointing. Tammy Bruce is making it seem like celebrating our holidays somehow makes something less of hers. Does she place so little value on her own beliefs? Bruce is always asking for more accommodations for Christians at Christmas, and I agree with her on that, so why attack the religious needs of others?” Lorelei adds, “The only agenda here is that Ms. Bruce’s is attempting to downgrade the faith of hundreds of thousands of Witches around the globe. We aren’t asking for special treatment. We just want the same respect given to others. Isn’t that what America is about?”
The Witches of Salem include Salem's Official Witch Laurie Cabot, granted the title by Governor Michael Dukakis in 1977; Christian Day, owner of Witchcraft shops Hex and Omen in Salem, Massachusetts and Hex in New Orleans, Louisiana; Lorelei owner of Crow Haven Corner, America's oldest Witch shop; and Leanne Marrama Salem Witch and psychic and featured guest of TLC's What Not Not Wear. They can be found at: