They are thugs and bullies, such fragile little snowflakes that they cannot even stand the idea that their perceived enemies have a place where they can exercise their freedom of speech. This phenomenon is called de-platforming, and it's become a hallmark of the regressive left.
Well, they are now starting to try it against us. You've heard of the Red Scare from the 50's? Welcome to the "Folkish Scare."
The first incident of which I am aware is when the AFA's Midwest Fallfest event was on the receiving end of some antifa scum campaign to call the campground at which they were scheduled to hold the event and get them to cancel the contract:
Of course, the notion that the AFA is a "white nationalist pagan organization" is complete bullshit. They're not pagan at all. They're Asatru, which is a completely different thing. Oh, and they have a history going back forty years of getting rid of real racists from their midst. But why let facts get in the way of a good McCarthyite persecution?
But heavens! The AFA wants to "protect and promote northern European ethnic culture!" You'd almost think that was something bad. It seems to be fine when it's some other ethnic culture, like black, or Hispanic, or whatever. But consistency was never a hallmark of the radical regressive left.
The ill-named "Camp Courage" did indeed cancel the contract. But as it turns out, their pathetic Twitter campaign was all for naught, as the gods were with the AFA, and the event found another venue in short order, and was by all reports a huge success. So...
Now, some people have made the claim that this isn't a Heathen thing. These are just some antifa people, who have nothing to do with good, upstanding, universalist Heathens, who wish no harm to anyone. Doubtless they just caught wind of the AFA because of the horrible, racist, homophobic statement by the new Allsherjargodi, who said traditional families are good, and that white babies are good. Because, obviously, if you say that one thing is good, you're automatically saying that anything that isn't that thing is evil, and should be banned and wiped out. Sort of like "Black Lives Matter."
But now it's happened again, and a bit close to home for me. This past Sunday the Skylands Asatru Fellowship had an information table at a local Scandinavian Festival, and had a wonderful and successful time. We spoke to dozens of people about Asatru, got a lot of people for our mailing list, and generally spread the word that the worship of Odin and Thor isn't dead. And you know what? When we had non-white people come to our table, we didn't turn them away; we handed them the same flyers, and invited them to sign up to the same mailing list, as everyone else.
But today apparently the gydja of another kindred in New Jersey felt compelled to complain to the organizers of the festival about our presence:
Once I found out about it, I was understandably incensed. Not only is it literally filled with lies:
- Skylands Asatru Fellowship is not "associated with the Asatru Folk Assembly". This is an outright lie.
- We do not "exclude those who aren't white and heterosexual" (in fact, we have at least one member who is "out", and she happens to be my daughter). This is an outright lie.
- Nobody we spoke with was "upset" about the fact that we were folkish. In fact, most of the people we spoke to were quite receptive and in agreement with what we were saying.
- This statement meets the definition of defamation; it was published, it is false, it attempts to inflict injury upon our organization, and it is certainly unprivileged.
But it is an attempt to continue the regressive left tactic of de-platforming individuals and groups with which they disagree. They paint their actions in pretty words, but it all comes down to "I disagree with you, and don't think you should have a right to believe or say what you do, so I will do whatever I can to prevent you from being heard."
And that is not only vile in the extreme, but evidence that they know they're losing the battle. They've been trying for twenty years to destroy folkish Asatru, and failed. And now that they see that they can't win in an even marketplace of ideas, they resort to silencing the opposition. It is the last refuge of a totalitarian.