December 27, 2008 @
When I first heard about “Sage the Date,” I rejoiced. As a “practicing pagan” and herbalist, I thought this was a perfect symbolic gesture in the wake of the Bush presidency. After all, no non-Christian groups EVER earned Bush’s commendation for faith-based initiatives. Because we don’t care about people or the planet, right?…
Now I hear that the tone of the event is being changed in response to outcry from the Native American community.
I support Native Americans and, in fact, have Cherokee in my lineage. But, frankly, they are NOT the only group to have used sage as a ceremonial herb. The purification attributes of this blessed plant are long and storied. And, I do not think, are being misused as an attempt to symbolicly cleanse the seat of power in our nation.
To modify the event based on this outcry is to give in to political correctness. As a member of several minority groups, I think this is a dangerous slippery slope to start upon….
Those are my $.02 worth.
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