Thursday, October 13, 2016

Does the AFA claim to speak for everyone?

There's quite an interesting (and by interesting I mean effing idiotic) trend in some of the recent commentary about the AFA lately. Specifically, folks seem to keep saying that the AFA "doesn't speak for me!".

But princess, the AFA never claimed it was speaking for you, so I'm not sure why you're saying that.

This is the statement in question:
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 
I want to post that again, with some phrases and words highlighted for ease of comprehension, for the Pakleds out there:
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 
I've re-read that about a dozen times, now, and I'm still trying to figure out where various morons are getting the idea that the AFA ever claimed to be speaking for anyone other than the AFA. They're not claiming they're speaking for all Heathens, they're not claiming they're speaking for all Asatruar, they're not claiming they're speaking for the gods, and they're sure as fuck not claiming they're speaking for all neopagans.


Which leads me to wonder just what planet these morons live on. Maybe there's something on the AFA website that claims to define Asatru for everyone?
In the AFA, we don’t have to dress up like Vikings to live true to the Gods, nor do we turn our backs on the age in which we live. 
Therefore, the survival and welfare of the Northern European peoples as a cultural and biological group is a religious imperative for the AFA.
The AFA supports the efforts of all cultural and biological groups to maintain their identity and opposes the plans of the world-managers to reduce all of humanity to a lowest common denominator. 
Nope. Just over and over a very clear identifier that what the AFA says applies to the AFA, and doesn't even imply that the AFA is trying to tell anyone else what to do, how to worship, or what to think. But that doesn't seem to sink in for some idjits:
...they are also implying that certain demographics just aren’t good enough — not normal enough — to be heathen, or rather Asatru... (Heathentalk)
How dare they usurp the place of our holy gods, and arrogant to themselves the right to decide who may and may not raise a horn to them, who may or may not feel the call to join with their folk in community and worship. (John Mainer, Troth Redesman)
So the AFA didn't, and doesn't claim to speak for all Heathens, all Asatruar, or the gods.

But you know who is claiming to speak for all Heathens, all Asatruar, and the gods? The people who are jumping all up and down protesting the fact that the AFA as an organization laid out what it as an organization believes and celebrates. They're the ones making sweeping statements defining what Heathenry is, and wouldn't you know, they just happen to be definitions that exclude folkish Heathens and the AFA. Go figure.
Heathenry is a life affirming, diverse, and nuanced set of religious beliefs that has practitioners of strong moral character all over the world. It is a religion practised [sic] in many places and many ways, and there is nothing in its core that lends itself to hate and bigotry. We believe in making our communities, and our world, better for future generations. We work and play with and among people of all types, regardless of race, gender, creed or religion, because we believe that your deeds make you, not some arbitrary set of genetic markers or beliefs. We are Americans, Canadians, Brazilians, Australians, and so many many more nationalities, and we care for those around us because without our neighbors the world is naught but chaos. (Heathentalk)
The AFA have chosen their way.  It is their right, but it is not, in my opinion, a Heathen one. (John Mainer, Troth Redesman)
... nor should European paganisms be closed off from people of non-European heritage. (A Sense of Natural Wonder)
"Heathenry is..." "X is not Heathen..." "European paganisms shouldn't be..."


Those are the people trying to speak for everyone. Not the AFA. Although in fairness, there is one thing on the AFA website that informs us what the gods want:
The Gods do not want us to be submissive, meek, and mild. Rather, they want us to evolve towards ever greater freedom, exercised in wisdom and awareness. Similarly, we will never bow before human tyrants. Totalitarianism, the ant hill, and the mass-mind are the antitheses of the Northern European ideal.
And that's what these totalitarian jackasses can't stand. These regressive leftists have an all-encompassing need to control everything and everyone around them, and lash out in the most vicious manner against those who refuse to fall in line under their Marxist, Anarchist, Universalist utopias. With them at the top defining what everyone is supposed to think and do, naturally.

So enough of these yahoos whining that the AFA is trying to speak for the gods, or define what Asatru is for everyone, or any of that nonsense. The AFA speaks for the AFA. The ones complaining the loudest are, in fact, the ones trying to tell everyone else how they should and should not practice their religion.

1 comment:

  1. In the near 22 years in which I have been associated with the AFA, I've never been told the AFA even speaks for me personally. Differences I've had with other members/supporters and the overall policies/purposes have been discussed, disagreements agreed to, and we've gone on.

    Other groups have not been as flexible in their thinking as to make me feel I'm a part of the whole, even if I'm not in lockstep.

    FWIW - Uncle Pip

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