Here is the original video causing the outrage:
In an attempt to apologize, Mr. Carlson told FishbowlDC on Tuesday:
I don’t spend a lot of time on Twitter, so I’m not sure of the dimensions of it, but I’m pretty sure that I’m unpopular in the witchcraft community, and I understand why. I probably was unduly harsh. As far as I know, most Wiccans are peaceful taxpayers. I’ve never been mugged by one anyway. So I apologize for hurting anyone’s feelings.
Unduly harsh, when he called the foundational element of the religion a “downside?” If anything, not harsh enough. Imagine the outrage if he had said “The downside to Christianity is that Jesus guy….” If anything, the response from the Wiccan community has been more than reasonable. They did not demand his immediate resignation, they asked for a simple apology.
This incident however highlights the fundamental problem of the right-wing. It cannot grasp another viewpoint than the one it has. They cannot comprehend the Islamic proverb which says:
To understand a man, you’ve got to walk a mile in his shoes, whether they fit or not.
The right-wing echo machine exists in its own continuity, in a reality bubble. This is one of those incidents where the real world intruded, and here sits Mr. Carlson all confused. He does not comprehend how his words would be taken, so his apology is awkward, and shows the problem which plagues the right-wing in this country.
If Tucker Carlson were genuine in his sentiment, he should reach out, and learn more about the fastest growing religion in the United States. What he would find is a community in which Jesus himself would be comfortable, one of common faith, there their golden rule echoes that said on the Sermon on the Mount, which the Wiccan rede being:
An it harm none, do what ye will.
Nathaniel Downes is the son of a former state representative of New Hampshire, now living in Seattle Washington.
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