Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The Day the Internet Lost its Collective Mind

This is racist?
Last Sunday, the Asatru Folk Assembly, which is the leading Folkish Asatru organization in the world, and the largest Asatru organization of any sort in the United States, issued a relatively brief statement on Facebook endorsing the idea that men are men, women are women, and babies are good:
Today we are bombarded with confusion and messages contrary to the values of our ancestors and our folk. The AFA would like to make it clear that we believe gender is not a social construct, it is a beautiful gift from the holy powers and from our ancestors. The AFA celebrates our feminine ladies, our masculine gentlemen and, above all, our beautiful white children. The children of the folk are our shining future and the legacy of all those men and women of our people back to the beginning. Hail the AFA families, now and always!
Matt Flavel
Alsherjargothi, AFA
And naturally, the Internet lost its collective fucking mind.

Is that an in-your-face statement? Absofuckinglutely, and I'm sure it was intended as such. The AFA has new leadership now that Steve McNallen has stepped down, and they want to stretch their legs and make their mark. But is it particularly shocking? Did Matt Flavel take the AFA into some radical new direction whose endpoint is storm troopers and gas chambers? Of course not, but you'd never know it from the hysterical, pearl-clutching reaction that simple statement received.

This is transphobic?
If you look at it, there are two basic elements to this statement, and there is nothing new in either of them. First, they support a traditional view of gender, and second, the folk having more children is good. Considering that the first point has been the norm for about all of human history prior to the last ten or fifteen years and the second point is pretty much a given (unless you're a progressive-liberal shitbag who literally advocates genocide for white people), one struggles to figure out what the issue is.

A folkish religious organization says it wants to see the folk grow. GASP! How shocking! You'd think that wasn't something it had been advocating for years, and actually had written into its Declaration of Purpose, or something. And it embraces traditional views of gender. WOAH! You mean wanting to do things the way they were done in the past? How... reconstructionist of them.

But the reaction? Holy crap. You'd think the AFA was literally lynching blacks at blót. "As it stands now, merely being a member of the AFA, or an apologist for the AFA, is a tarnish not easily removed."

Pathetic Pagan: "I’m sorry, but what the fuck? “Our beautiful white babies?” “Feminine ladies and masculine gentlemen?” It’s racism, transphobia, and some supremely antiquated ideas about gender all in one neat little package! Excuse me while I throw up."

The Troth tried to turn it into a recruiting opportunity: "Folks who are essentially being cast out of the AFA should look into The Troth." (Despite the fact nobody was being "cast out" of the AFA.)

Huginn's Heathen Hof: "Emotional appeals don’t require logical backing, and with the nation becoming more comfortable with extremist views on race and religion, this is a stance that the AFA knows it can use to attract and maintain its membership numbers."

John Mainer (Troth Redesman): "How dare they attack my folk, my people, out of a failure to understand how living true to your heart, living honestly, openly and honourably as the teaching of your ancestors and your own best judgement teaches you, do not fit their own preconceived poster of what a Heathen should look like?"

That last one is particularly rich, as he complains in essence that the AFA are attempting to "speak for the gods" (they're not), and then goes ahead and tells us what the gods really want.

But the real point is that none of this is new. All the people complaining about the statement from the AFA leadership already hate the AFA and folkish Asatru in general. They already line up against the AFA and what it stands for. The statement itself doesn't offend them, because they were already offended by the AFA and its principles. There's nothing new there, and all this sturm und drang is just for show. They would find fault with anything put out by the AFA that reinforces folkish principles, because they're already against those principles. It's just an excuse for them to complain about the AFA once more. They feel exactly the same way about the AFA after the statement that they did before it. Thus, the content of the statement is irrelevant to their reaction. They just want an excuse to condemn the AFA once again, because the AFA doesn't tow the SJW line.

Gods forbid, the AFA isn't embracing all the social change that the progressive-liberal SJW's are demanding RIGHT NOW. An organization espousing a reconstructionist religion wants to do things the way they were done in the past. And it has the audacity to state that there's nothing wrong with being white. That's what they really can't stand; that there are people that disagree with them, proudly, confidently, and who aren't going to be bullied by them into silence and consent.

If I wasn't already an AFA member, I'd join now, just because the people lining up against it are so far removed from reality and the mainstream of society that any organization that they oppose must have something good going for it.

1 comment:

  1. Hello! We used to be connected over at the FB and today I stumbled upon your blog again, as it was linked in an article posted by the Wild Hunt. I am so very happy to have remembered you. You post worthy information! I'm not an AFA member, heck I don't even call myself Heathen, but I was equally outraged and yet not surprised when the modern Pagan community went batshit crazy over the AFA statement. I for one smiled when I read it, and I'm so very glad folks like you are around to set people straight. It made me wish I had more in common with the AFA because it sure seems like a place I could fit into in a lot of ways. But it's just not who I am spiritually. Anyways. Thanks for posting this! I stand with the AFA even if not a member! Take care! -Danielle Dovahsdottir