Thursday, April 28, 2016

Who's Stopping You?

When I saw HUAR founder (and nearly 50% of the membership) Ryan Smith's latest screed on Pathetic Pagan the other day, I thought to myself...



But then I realized, his whole spiel is rooted in jealousy. Like a toddler told he can't play with the bigger kids, he's lashing out against the "mean doody heads" (or in his parlance, "fascists", which in his context has exactly the same level of meaning). That is the only possible explanation, given the fact that nobody in the Asatru community* actively tries to stop anyone doing anything.

We just want the freedom to choose with whom we worship, and who joins our tribes.

It's not inclusive. It's not meant to be. And that's okay. That's our right. In fact, that's the right of the Japanese, and the west Africans, and the Indians, and everyone else. And if some super-duper-eclectic neopagans want to appropriate their cultures (or ours) there's no real way of stopping them short of draconian laws that nobody wants or would tolerate.

A common misnomer is that "folkish Heathens" say "non-white people can't worship Odin or Thor". Well, that's absurd on the face of it; we couldn't stop them if we wanted to. But we don't. All we want is the freedom to say "We don't want you to worship Odin or Thor with us." And that goes for people who happen to share our heritage but are dedicated to some weird foreign philosophy, like Marxism or its modern echoes.

All we want is to be left alone in the way we worship. Why the Hel would we want to "infiltrate" and take over groups that disagree with us on a fundamental issue, and include members that we don't want?

Freedom of association. It's one of the basic ones.

See, now, that's one thing that makes us different from the Marxists. When we don't want to be with someone, we just put up the velvet rope and gently ask them to go to that group over there, or form their own group, or be a solitary, or whatever. Nobody then goes an tries to disrupt their meetings, shout them down, publicly attack and denounce them, or whatever. We might shake our heads with bemusement, and wonder why they want to worship the gods of my ancestors, when they have really cool gods of their own ancestors they could turn to, but nobody's actively trying to stop them.

That's tolerance. True tolerance. We go our way, they go theirs. That's really all there is to it. No purges, no protests, no disruptions of their events and rituals.

So the next time you see a Marxist or an SJW babble about folkish Heathens not wanting other people to worship whomever they choose to worship, just mentally add "with them" to the end of the sentence. You might not agree with our reasons for putting up the velvet rope, but we've got the right to do so. And unlike some people, we don't go around attacking people for what they believe. And they even want to turn that, the very fact that we're tolerant of other peoples' right to assemble and worship, into an attack against us somehow!

That's how twisted their view of the world is, how utterly desperate they are to wipe out anyone who dares disagree. To paraphrase the famous poem...
First they came for the folkish Heathens, but I didn't say anything, because I wasn't a folkish Heathen...

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* As contrasted with the Germanic neopagan community.

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