The Asatru Folk Assembly is a pustulant cancer on the body of heathenry, and must be excised.
A little direct? Well, I thought I would return the favor. After all, they’ve recently been very direct with the rest of us in their statements on their organization’s feelings about race and gender normativity.
This isn’t the first time, either. In January, while still under the leadership of Steve McNallen, this appeared in their social media… A call for the return of the precursors of the Nazi’s to rise up in Germany.
These are just a couple of examples of a long history of precedent concerning the underlying worldview of the AFA. But why should I care? Why should YOU care? After all, I’m not a member of the AFA. I’ve spoken publicly, many times, about my disdain for them. And, indeed, my disdain for all of the national organizations. I think they do more harm than good. I think they encourage, not by design but naturally through their existence, people to remain without tribe. I think they, intentionally or not, end up encouraging the view of the organization as the reality of the religion. However, I’m not about to sit here and try to lump them all together and say they’re all bad… Not when one among them is so truly and utterly dangerous and despicable.
No, what I’m here to talk about is why YOU should care about this one, and what I think you should do about it.
One of their common defenses to their words is that they’re their beliefs, and shouldn’t concern us. That we should leave them be to believe how they will. They will talk about tribal thew, and that others are free to do what they want. Well, yes, of course we are. No one questions that. And I probably wouldn’t be raising such a stink about a tribe that had views like this, or a small group of some sort. But when a group is like the AFA, a national organization, one that is among the top Google results for Asatru, one that has routinely set itself up as an authority on Asatru and Germanic paganism, well, those arguments no longer apply. Because now what you do affects me.
It affects the perceptions of the world as it comes to my religion. When people look up my religion because their curious, your horseshit, AFA, is what they’re seeing. Your racist rhetoric. Your reinterpretation of the 14 Words. People commenting on your articles and signing off with “1488”. People who are looking into this and turning away because of your bullshit, or trying to learn more about me and getting a VERY wrong idea.
And it only gets worse from there. It’s not just about personal social consequences. Some people can face career consequences from this. The racist and homophobic dickbaggery of the AFA causes problems for some of the very people they claim they care about… The Warriors of our culture.
That’s right, the military.
There has long been a fight to get Asatru recognized by the Military in the United States. I could fill a few paragraphs with anecdotes about my personal experiences as a heathen on active duty, but I thought this topic deserved something a bit more legitimate. So I reached out to The Open Halls Project for comment.
“We think this will have a negative impact upon the drive to help military heathens gain recognition for their faith.
The Open Halls Project offers support to any heathen military member, family member, or veteran that requests our assistance. However, as an organization we retain the right to choose not to work with individuals or organizations that take action or make statements that are in opposition to our By-Laws or the UCMJ.”
-Open Halls Project Co-Directors
I have to agree. Of course it will have a negative impact. Why? Because of that last bit… Taking action or making statements that are in opposition to the UCMJ. That would be, for the non-veterans reading this, the Uniform Code of Military Justice. The thing every serviceman must live by. Among the things it dictates are standards of equality. Now we have a group, a large and influential group, one looked at as an authority and a voice for Asatru, claiming that it’s values are in direct opposition to the rules that servicemen must live by. How, exactly, is that supposed to go? I’ll admit, I was a bit angry when one of the heads of the AFA took that massive steaming dump on their keyboard, but when the implications for the acceptance of Asatru in the Armed Forces became apparent to me… Well, let’s just say that despite what I’ve left in this article, you should see what I’ve left out.
So, let me say this to the AFA: You have shit on my religion for the last time. Your racially exclusive peckerwood fuckery will no longer be tolerated. Your neo-victorian heteronormative ignorance will no longer be tolerated. Not by me, not by the tribe I lead, not by anyone I call friend, and not by anyone I or we associate with. You don’t get to hide behind rhetorical backdoors about it being your way, or your beliefs anymore. That trick doesn’t work when you pretend to be a religious authority. To put it a little more crudely, if you walk into my neighborhood with your dick hanging out where my children can see, don’t be surprised when I introduce it to my boot. Your sole purpose in existence is to stand as an example of what is wrong with the world. Not just in Asatru, but in the world in general. You will begin to serve as the red flag waving to tell me someone is yet another Nazitru fuckstick, worthy only of mockery and derision. Even the word Asatru has been poisoned by your twisted attempts to justify your fear and hatred of that which is different with theology. I stopped using Asatru a long time ago, but had accepted it as a synonym for heathenry. That’s done now, too. I’m not Asatru… I’m a heathen. To put it in a term that might tickle your Nazi fetish, you’ve just become verboten.
That said, I now have something to say to the rest of you out there.
Join me. Join us. The AFA has drawn a line in the sand. I ask you to accept that line, and stay on this side of it. I ask you to repudiate the AFA in every way possible. Cut all ties. Sever any association. In my tribe, I made a statement that we would have nothing to do with the AFA, nothing to do with any member tribe, nothing to do with any member of the AFA who declares their tacit support of the rhetoric they spew through continued association. My tribe, Stone Shore Forn Sed of Seattle, WA, was not the first to do this, and I’m sure we won’t be the last. And I urge you to join us in this. Join us in this publically. Tell the world that this is not heathenry, that this is not what we stand for, that this is not part of our worldview. That the AFA is not of us. Because there comes a point when silence must be treated as agreement for the good of those standing against. Make your voice heard, and do not let the vile and diseased elements of this world set the narrative of your beliefs.
Chieftain, Stone Shore Forn Sed
Host of Heathen Talk