At this festival of Imbolg there were clashes between fascists and anti-fascists in Dover. It is so sad to see violence but hardly unexpected. It was good to hear that there were people prepared to speak against the hatred of the fascists. The refugee crisis is of our own making. Our corporate and governmental violence has resulted in the multiple crises in the Middle East. We must remember that the refugees are people.
As part of my frustration with the lack of religious diversity on Radio 4’s Thought for the Day, I have been tweeting my own. This was Friday’s: “#T4TD We are migrants. We are one. To treat refugees with inhumanity is to punish ourselves. Let them in. @BBCr4today #refugeecrisis
Today around the country people are protesting about fracking – a “No Fracking Way” weekend has been declared. An essential cause – injecting millions of gallons of poison into the Earth can only lead to a bad outcome.
But Imbolg should be a time for inner growth, nurturing our own spirit and the spirit of Brigid at the first of the spring festivals so I have been ensuring that she is honoured rather than joining the demonstrations.