Students at University of Missouri don´t need to cram for exams that fall on Wiccan and Pagan holidays, now that the school has put them on par with Christmas, Thanksgiving and Hanukah. The university’s latest “Guide to Religions: Major Holidays and Suggested Accommodations” — designed to help faculty know when and when not to schedule exams and other student activities — lists eight Wiccan and Pagan holidays and events right alongside more mainstream occasions. It´s all part of the school´s effort to include everyone´s beliefs, although some critics say listing every holiday associated with fringe
Comments: Is there anyone left in this world with common sense? The desire to appease everyone has gone way overboard. As we see almost daily, once this started there is no end it.
How about no school or exams on any Saint day? Certainly not St Patrick´s Day and, of course, the day after. St. Crispin´s day, St. Valentine´s Day, St Christopher... so no education at all! But be sure to pay your tuition!
I celebrate those Wiccan holidays, some more so than others. To my knowledge there is no prohibition on earning a living those days, or getting an education. There are things that are traditionally done, like fasting, but it is not that great a hardship. I wish these places would stop this foolishness. In their attempts to be all inclusive they push people further out by drawing undue attention to things that are of no concern to them. I dont need official recognition for my beliefs to be sacred to me.
Covered California mailed out more than 100,000 botched letters to confused consumers in late November and early December, and now this story from the president´s home state: Illinois officials are emailing and calling thousands of people, advising them to start over on their health insurance applications if they believe the federal government mistakenly referred them to Medicaid. The latest wrinkle in the troubled enrollment process for the nation´s new health insurance system was announced Wednesday, just days ahead of a key enrollment deadline. The federal HealthCare.gov website received more than 30,000 applications from Illinoisans who may be eligible for Medicaid, the
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A&E broke its silence on Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson’s anti-gay comments late Wednesday. The cable network announced Robertson is off the hit show for the time being. The network issued the following statement to EW: “We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson’s comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and are not reflected in the series Duck Dynasty. His personal views in no way reflect those of A+E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community. The network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely.”
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