Hate is not a Heathen Value

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On April 13, 2014, a white supremacist perpetuated a hate crime on a Jewish Community Center. Some mass media outlets have attempted to identify the shooter as a Heathen, but I’d like to take a moment to reiterate that his values (or rather, his lack thereof) are not shared by Heathenry or Northern Tradition Paganism at large. The Troth has already issued a statement on using the Northern Tradition as a justification for hate crimes and bigotry.  And there are Heathens who feel that words are not enough, and have organized a fundraiser to help the families affected by the shooting.

Y’all know that I don’t primarily identify as a Heathen, and there are some reasons for that. One is that I don’t consider my practice reconstructionist in nature, and that’s a large one, but truth be told, the problematic issue of hate groups claiming Heathen identity is also part of why I back away from most Heathen groups. The Troth is the ONLY  Heathen org that I’ve ever joined because it has explicit, defined mission statements that are committed to racial diversity, “Membership in the Troth is open to all who seek to know and honor the Gods, ancestors, and values of the pre-Christian Germanic traditions, regardless of gender, race, nationality, or sexual orientation.

Now, that’s not to say that even the Troth has what I would consider an ideal mix of race; Paganism and Heathenry both suffer from racial diversity issues, which stem from more than just numbers or percentages of racial or ethnic groups. Maybe a frank discussion on how to desegregate and diversify is something we can take from this tragedy. I would welcome such a dialogue, because the more diverse Paganism and Heathenry become, the fewer racist assholes will try to misappropriate our faith. I’ve seen the type of racists who like to show their true colors when they think everyone’s white and they can speak freely.  And if you’re reading, and you’re one of those assholes?

You get the fuck off my blog. You’re not welcome here.

5 thoughts on “Hate is not a Heathen Value

  1. You know my past and this whole issue has made me just dig down and cry. I can explain WHY racist asshats appropriate heathenism, because I used to BE one. :( key word USED TO BE….just getting that out of the way for other readers, you know I’m cool) it has to do with how they view their ancestors and all that. (Yup taint on ancestral worship too!). See, Jesus was Jewish, so they don’t want to have anything to do with that, the ones who espouse the hate partyline the hardest, actually don’t like Christians either and view the KKK as traitors. No jokes. So they see the Germanic/Celtic/Norse/fino-Ugric faiths as the “real white ancestral faiths” they grab hold of it. It’s totally stupid.

    All that I know is, Odin can tell the difference between who a real adherent to His ways are, and some punk ass fucktard coward wearing a Valknut to be cool. When that fucktard dies, the Valkyries will pass them over and not even Hel will receive them.

    They will be cursed to wander in the Twilight, providing never ending practice for the Hunt.

    Now where the fuck did that come from. goes and builds a pillow fort

  2. It always make me grimace when I hear the reasons why folks who honor and worship the Northern Gods not wanting much to do or nothing to do with the term Heathenry at all but I can understand the reasons behind that and respect those who wouldn’t touch it with a ten foot pole because of it.

    Before people go out and do stupid and terrible things like this and attempt to attach it to the Northern Ways and Heathenry, they need to either reckonize and/or remember that this sort of thing goes against the very nature of folkways like the Germanic ones, which were built on the strength and holiness of the community…..Not the destruction of it through cowardly acts of homeland terrorism and hate crimes!

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