Fight the Fear!
The Purple Ribbon Campaign was created in 1997 by Fellowship of the Earth to show solidarity of kindred spirits. "Fight the Fear" is the slogan chosen to represent the Purple Ribbons. Like many ribbon campaigns, this is a way for us to outwardly show our support for religious tolerance and the freedom to believe in our own paths. Pagans and those of Goddess or Nature centered spirituality are misunderstood by most people with mainstream religious backgrounds.
We believe that it is fear that fuels the fires of misunderstanding and intolerance. In order to ease the fear people have of others beliefs, we have adapted this ribbon campaign as our way of promoting respect and tolerance of all belief and non-belief systems. We all are on different paths with the same goal. None is more sacred than another. Everyone has their own personal connection to their spirituality, but regardless of what or who we call Goddess or God everyone should be able to worship in their own way without persecution.
The color purple for this particular campaign was chosen because of it's highly spiritual symbolism. Many cultures and religions signify the color purple with a higher spiritual calling. It's the favorite color of many Pagans I know, and it's a color most everyone seems drawn to. It's warm yet cool, a balance of the color energies.
by B J ©