Saturday, March 13, 2004

Next, the Associated Press Stylebook

Wren at Witches' Voice posts an item about a student Pagan group meeting in a Kentucky high school, much to the surprise of administrators.

But here is the interesting part: the reporter's last paragraph explaining what Paganism is. In fact, he repeats the Pagan "party line" about the antiquity, earth-centeredness (whatever that means--I'm trying to define it in a book), and pervasiveness of Pagan beliefs. The scholar in me makes a wry expression; the Witch in me smiles.

I recently bought a new copy of the reporter's bible, The Associated Press Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law, which has no entry for "Paganism," although it does cover other religions and denominations within them, with instructions for writers, e.g., "Episcopalian" is a person but not an adjective. At this rate, I can see a small change coming for the next edition.


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