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(Fox News)   University of Missouri suggests professors not assign homework on Wiccan and Pagan holidays. Unfortunately, Festivus is still not recognized   (foxnews.com) divider line 28
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2013-02-15 11:42:41 AM
5 votes:

palelizard: Winter-een-mas?


I prefer "Hallowgivemas." I also considered "Chrisgivingween," but it sounds too much like gay porn.
2013-02-15 01:21:32 PM
2 votes:

Pixiest: What about "Talk Like A Pirate" day? hmmm? We're a big religion too ya know.


I had a problem with my enrollment and I had to see the registrarrrrrr.
2013-02-15 12:46:24 PM
2 votes:
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Ramendan!!
2013-02-15 12:32:54 PM
2 votes:
By and large wiccan chicks tend to be bi and large.
2013-02-15 12:31:28 PM
2 votes:

uncleacid: Nothing like a good eye of newt and toe of frog dinner.


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2013-02-15 10:12:55 AM
2 votes:
I'm so ashamed of my alma mater for being inclusive.
2013-02-15 09:43:27 AM
2 votes:
ya know...I kinda like the pagans.  every time I go to one of their events there's good food and decent-to-awesome beer.  And there's almost never any black magic orgies.
2013-02-15 02:43:42 PM
1 votes:

Skwach: Real Women Drink Akvavit: Real Women Drink Akvavit: Most people from the assorted traditions that observe Ostara, including powerful tribal rulers

Bah! Hate this touchy laptop!

Anywhoooo... they were illiterate and depended on oral traditions for their spiritual guidance. Much of the lore was written by the few educated folks of the time much, much later. Those educated folks tended to be Christian and there's no doubt in my mind that they did put a Christian "flavor" over much of the lore. Of course you're not going to find written lore before a certain time period about Eostre - or most other of the old deities - but you will find stone carvings, ritual tools and other evidence going back much, much earlier. She was definitely a big player in the old faith system, just how accurate she was depicted by the Christian (and occasional Muslim) scholars is debatable, though.

Oral traditions are better anyways. Crazy shiat happens when you write things down!

*sarcasm*


Actually, absolutely insane stuff happens when you write stuff down and rely on that. Some farktard is going to rail against anything that doesn't quite fit in with the "written word of GAWD", which some other farktard told them is unchanging and infallible. This leaves very little room for a greater understanding of the world around you if it doesn't fully agree with written lore, and it leaves very little room for spiritual growth outside the confines of that written lore. Those things - understanding of the world around you to the best of your ability and spiritual growth - are kind of important. Also, when things are written down in a "holy" book viewed as the infallible word of any deity, it is always going to be interpreted in different ways by different people - which is fine, everyone's spiritual path is different. What isn't fine is babbling about how someone isn't a "REAL" whatever because they believe stuff or do stuff not mentioned in said holy book or writings or they disagree with the interpretations of another.

Besides all that, how in Lady Hel's blessed name is an illiterate supposed to write anything down? That's why when studying any of the old faiths, you pay attention to all of the lore, including regional lore - regional deities are common in polytheistic faiths, and alliances between regional deity and human would change when they moved, even if the base faith was the same. You probably wouldn't give offerings to Skadi and expect her blessing and protection if you lived in the desert, after all.* You most certainly would if you lived in the mountains. You would get a lot of clues about who/what the people of the region viewed as important based on archaeological evidence (among other things) in addition to the spoken lore. So archaeological evidence and the writings of travelers, such as diplomats and other educated folks, are of more than a little importance when studying the older faiths. They just have to be viewed through the lens of the "written, infallible word of GAWD" if the writers are from a faith with written lore as the only thing viewed as having value, especially if their archaeological research and academic research usually favors 'proving' their own written lore as the only correct interpretation of the world and human spirituality rather than using their research to grow and evolve their faith.


*Regional deities can be someone's Fulltrui as well, regardless of the region the person is living. They would most likely honor the regional deities and wights as well, just because they lived on their turf.
2013-02-15 02:06:12 PM
1 votes:
Tammy Edwards, radio host of the nationally syndicated "Tammy Bruce Show" and Fox News contributor, said she found the guide to be indicative of an unbecoming societal shift. "It almost seems as though we're looking for excuses for people to not have to take their commitments seriously," Edwards told FoxNews.com. "It's beyond political correctness; it's almost like an excuse to do nothing. It's like societal nihilism, where nothing matters."

Look at it this way, honey, it's just another good reason to quit your job in order to spend all your time stocking your Doomsday bunker.
2013-02-15 01:48:15 PM
1 votes:

ArkAngel: Weaver95: ya know...I kinda like the pagans.  every time I go to one of their events there's good food and decent-to-awesome beer.  And there's almost never any black magic orgies.

But are there feats of strength?


All the people who said no to this have obviously never had the ordeal of trying to help carry a maypole being ridden by the May Queen, especially with the size of some of the May Queen "maidens" out there.
2013-02-15 01:27:58 PM
1 votes:

Evil Mackerel: ArkAngel: Weaver95: ya know...I kinda like the pagans.  every time I go to one of their events there's good food and decent-to-awesome beer.  And there's almost never any black magic orgies.

But are there feats of strength?

Yes, it's who can stand the stench of Petrulli the longest.


Who is Petrulli and why does s/he smell so bad?
2013-02-15 01:17:44 PM
1 votes:

The Irresponsible Captain: And for fun, try pasting that thing into Word and let the spill chucker do its wonders.

*Holiday with signficant work restriction


You need a job, even if  it's only an internship or volunteering.
2013-02-15 01:16:15 PM
1 votes:
"Avoid scheduling major academic deadlines on this day, since it is likely that students will be operating on very little sleep,"

Um, work is supposed to be finished before a deadline.

"I like deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they sail over my head."  Doug Adams.
2013-02-15 12:42:29 PM
1 votes:

Persnickety: By and large wiccan chicks tend to be bi and large.


True enough, but while the goods are odd, the odds are good.
2013-02-15 12:27:21 PM
1 votes:
Today is the last day of Lupercalia so I'm heading home, folks.
2013-02-15 12:22:41 PM
1 votes:

ArkAngel: Weaver95: ya know...I kinda like the pagans.  every time I go to one of their events there's good food and decent-to-awesome beer.  And there's almost never any black magic orgies.

But are there feats of strength?


You need to hang out with the Asatruar and related Germanic/Nordic Heathen tribes for that.

/we also have plenty of food and homemade mead
//BYO drinking horn
2013-02-15 12:11:46 PM
1 votes:

not_an_indigo: Wicca is less than a century old.


yes "wicca" came about in the 60s the 1960s. But (and I love this part) they have traditions dating back to the dawn of time.

So, I'm going to start a cult to Bruce Campbell and include human sacrifice. Yeah it will be a new religion but it will have traditions dating back to the dawn of time.
2013-02-15 12:04:13 PM
1 votes:
 I find it more than just a little disinginuous that the people in article only started complaining when they added pagans to the list. My guess is that you didn't hear  peep out of them when they were not assigning work on christian holidays.

Lil hypocracy with that wine?

Hypnozombie
2013-02-15 11:59:40 AM
1 votes:
"So, what's college like?"

"It's not really too useful for actually learning stuff, but you can say or lay claim to the most outrageous bullsh*t and everybody has to kiss your ass rosy about it or get fired."

"Seriously?  DADDY!  I need tuition money!"

Don't forget you stop by the degree dispenser on the way to your first barista job.
2013-02-15 11:49:52 AM
1 votes:

uncleacid: Nothing like a good eye of newt and toe of frog dinner.


You and your unhealthy obsession with eye of newt. If it were up to you, the whole stew would be made of eye of newt.
2013-02-15 11:44:14 AM
1 votes:

Weaver95: ya know...I kinda like the pagans.  every time I go to one of their events there's good food and decent-to-awesome beer.  And there's almost never any black magic orgies.


shiat, the black magic orgies are the best part.

/predictable joke

Wicca does have the advantage of having a god that is older than christianity's god, while being FAR more up-to-date in terms of religion's role in modern society.
2013-02-15 11:43:47 AM
1 votes:
That could get complicated fast considering the days of the week are named to honor various Nordic gods, and the sun and moon.
2013-02-15 11:42:26 AM
1 votes:
FTFA: "it's almost like an excuse to do nothing. It's like societal nihilism, where nothing matters."

No one at U of M is claiming nothing matters. Since you're the one claiming 'nothing matters,' maybe you're the "social nihilist," Ms. Reactionary Dumbass.
2013-02-15 11:36:05 AM
1 votes:
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Be Recognized
2013-02-15 11:33:51 AM
1 votes:
Then for the sake of equality, I want no homework on any saint feast days!
2013-02-15 11:19:34 AM
1 votes:
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2013-02-15 10:23:56 AM
1 votes:
What about Robanukah the holiest two weeks on the robot calendar?
2013-02-15 10:06:10 AM
1 votes:

Weaver95: ya know...I kinda like the pagans.  every time I go to one of their events there's good food and decent-to-awesome beer.  And there's almost never any black magic orgies.


But are there feats of strength?
 
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