What’s Really Going On with Pagans and the “War on Christmas”?



 Has Starbucks started a War on Christianity? Really?! They did it with a simple design of a cup—a red and green cup? By the way, weren’t red and green considered The Christmas Colors?

Wiccans wonder about this. I mean isn’t all of the Christmas decorations, nativity scenes and Christian songs during November and December enough?

And what is the big deal about saying “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas”?

I’m not a Christian, but I’ve heard that Jesus, the Christ, was into love, sharing and tolerance.

I was talking with a friend about the loud bellyaching that seems to be an annual stance of some, a certain few, Christians. Some Christians are touting that Starbucks having plain cups of red and green is “against Christmas.” How is not having snowmen and snowflakes against Christianity?

I realize that Christianity, like many religions, began with others persecuting some members.

We Pagans know about that—we remember the horror of The Burning Times! Persecution continues. I have friends who hide their Pagan beliefs because they know that their families (yes, some Christians) would disown them. My Pagan friends also know that in some parts of the USA, they would lose their jobs if their Paganism was “found out.”

Again, I emphasize just certain Christians are making a big deal out of Starbucks’ plain cups.

It’s reported that Jesus talked about love and sharing. Giving to the poor. In fact in The Bible (Matthew 5:44), Jesus says, “But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”

Wait a minute! Failing to place Merry Christmas on a cup is NOT persecution. Come on, people!

So why are certain Christians shouting “war on Christmas”?

I cannot be certain. I had a conversation with some learned people. These ideas are what arose: “A number of people feel fear. Such fear may lead to greed. And such fear may lead to the need for an opponent.”

We Pagans are not an opponent.

It is not persecution when people say “Happy Holidays” to honor that there are people in the USA who are NOT Christian: Jews, Buddhists, Pagans, Taoists, Muslims, Sikhs, Jains, Baha’is, atheists, certain scientists, philosophers, and more.

Again, Jesus the Christ, I am told, loved people, even tax collectors and prostitutes.

In the meantime, we Pagans, can lead by example.

We’ll have warm hearts acknowledging that there are many spiritual paths.

We Pagans do not need to shout about people following their own journeys.

I remember this quote:

“I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.” – Mahatma Gandhi

I have Christian friends. They don’t shout about Starbucks cups.

I guess that’s part of why they’re my friends.


Moonwater SilverClaw

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4 thoughts on “What’s Really Going On with Pagans and the “War on Christmas”?

  1. My God, the size of that cup, what is that 96 oz? No wonder the Xtians are upset, that is ungodly!

    Take care for now …

    *Gregg Bambo*

    On Fri, Nov 13, 2015 at 11:49 PM, THE HIDDEN CHILDREN OF THE GODDESS : home


  2. I have always loved the beautiful design on the Starbuck’s cup…..and wondered who she represented. Thank you for edifying me about who she is. You wrote a very interesting and succinct article on Christmas. I have never celebrated Christmas…as I was born Jewish and am now agnostic. I do like the pretty lights, cheesy bling decorations and iconic symbols associated with the season….but just in a questionable taste kind of way. I always say Happy Holidays to people as who knows what their religion is. You are right..any cup that is red and green is a tribute to the colours of Xmas. You rock…Moonwater!! You are perceptive on so many levels…….you are a very wise woman!!


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