Starhawk’s Christmas Resolution

2007-12-27

Richard Moore

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Date: Mon, 24 Dec 2007 16:08:37 -0800
Subject: Starhawk's Christmas Resolution
From: Jan Slakov <•••@••.•••>

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from: Starhawk <•••@••.•••>

Hi friends, I  thought you might want to see the response I¹ve written for the 
Newsweek/Washington Post On Faith site, to the question below:

"The U.S. House of Representatives approved HR 847 (see link below) recognizing 
the importance of Christianity and Christmas. Would you have voted for this 
resolution? How would you amend it?

http://www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=hr110-847

On Faith can be found at <http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/>.

My response should be posted sometime this week and you can join in the 
discussion.  I write for them pretty regularly but don¹t always post my 
responses to this list.

A Pagan¹s Christmas Resolution
By Starhawk
www.starhawk.org

Would I vote for a resolution affirming the importance and contributions of 
Christmas and Christianity?   As my readers may have noted, I¹m a Pagan, but I¹d
vote for such a resolution‹heck, I¹d even introduce it, if it went like this:

³Whereas Christians and Christianity are of undeniable
importance in the world and the foundation of this country,
in respect for his example and story at this time of year we
make the following statements:

³Whereas Jesus Christ was born in a stable because his
parents could not find shelter, and whereas in the last
weeks we as a nation have allowed the destruction of the
last remaining housing for the poor in New Orleans, and
whereas our streets are full of the cold and the homeless,
we repent of our policies and in his memory commit to
housing all who wander without a roof or a welcome in our
cities and our towns.

³Whereas Christ was born among the poor, lived and preached
to the poor, we repent of the selfishness and
shortsightedness that has failed to provide for all of our
children, and commit ourselves to provide health care for
all children and for all of the poor.

³Whereas Christ commanded us to Œlove our neighbors as
ourselves¹ we repent of the walls we have drawn across
borders, the deaths of those who have tried to cross the
deserts in search of a better life, the wall we have
supported that cleaves the Holy Land itself in two and
confiscates the farmland of the Palestinians, cleaves
villages in two, and stands as a lasting monument to our
failure to achieve peace, and we commit ourselves to
establish justice which alone can provide true security.

³Whereas Christ has been called the Prince of Peace, we
repent of our eagerness to use war and violence as the
answer to every international situation, of the horrific and
destructive war we have waged in Iraq which has claimed tens
of thousands of lives, and we commit ourselves to a
withdrawal of our armies, to a new foreign policy based on
the building of relationships, not the bombing of children,
and to fostering and nurturing peace.²

Anything less is just a bunch of empty words, and real Christians must be 
cringing at the hypocrisy.

If I may quote Jackson Browne¹s beautiful song, The Rebel Jesus:

³Now pardon me if I have seemed
To take the tone of judgment
For I've no wish to come between
This day and your enjoyment
In a life of hardship and of earthly toil
There's a need for anything that frees us
So I bid you pleasure
And I bid you cheer
From a heathen and a Pagan
On the side of the rebel Jesus.²


As light is born out of darkness, may hope, love and compassion be kindled this 
season,

Starhawk



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Starhawk is a lifelong activist in peace and global justice movements, a leader 
in the feminist and earth-based spirituality movements, author or coauthor of 
ten books, including The Spiral Dance, The Fifth Sacred Thing, Webs of Power: 
Notes from the Global Uprising, and her latest, The Earth Path.

Starhawk's website is http://www.starhawk.org, and more of her writings and 
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