Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Starhawk - "Pagans and Social Justice"

Reacting to a editorial by Glenn Beck of Fox news in which he states that faith-based calls for "social justice" are really ideological calls for "forced redistribution of wealth, Starhawk, who is a former member of COG strongly disagrees.  She presents her Pagan perspective in her Washington Post Blog:

"...While Pagans do not have a set creed or unified code of beliefs, our traditions hold in common the understanding that we are all deeply interconnected, all part of the sacred weave of the world. The Goddess is immanent in this world and in all human beings, and part of our service to the sacred is to honor one another and take care of one another, to fairly share nature's bounty and to succor one another in facing the hardships of life. We must create justice in this world, not wait for redress of grievances in the next.

No one person or group has the right to commandeer nature's resources, which are the underpinnings of all wealth. Generosity, justice and fairness are old Pagan virtues, and Robin Hood is one aspect of our Pagan Gods. In fairy tales, the hero/a wins the aid of fortune when she shares her loaf with a beggar or lays his cloak at the feet of a poor widow. The greedy, hoarding, grasping or jealous person ends up defeated and despised." ...(Cont.)...