Tuesday, November 09, 2010
Well, so far so good. I have been wearing a poppy on my jacket and I haven't lost it --yet. It seems that every year I discover that my poppy is MIA and I search out another one to wear. It is always a red poppy because that's what the Legion sells.
You may have noticed a media stir about white poppies this year. In Charlottetown PEI the Farmer's Market banned the sale of them, and there was a strong outcry against them from the local Legion.
These Peace Poppies aren't new actually. In Britain white poppies for peace have been offered as a complement or an alternative to red poppies since 1933, so more than 75 years. Various peace groups offer them there, and some churches do as well, although I read an article written by a British pastor who was sharply criticized within his congregation when he made both red and white poppies available. Some of his folk saw these white poppies as disrespectful to living veterans and those who had died in various wars.
It's curious to me because the goal of most wars is ultimately peace, not just an end to conflict. Whether we think armed combat is a solution for conflicts or not, in civilized societies we hope that peace will be the outcome, not just defeating the enemy. During the Remembrance portion of our worship we honour those who have served, and at the same time affirm that Jesus is the Prince of Peace. I wear a red poppy and we make them available to members of the congregation as they come in to worship. What would happen if we included white ones as well?
What do you think of this White Poppy idea? Is it disrespectful? Would you wear one if it was available?