Tuesday, August 30, 2016

For Heathen Service Folk

Hail!

Racist or homophobic actions or speech are considered to be violations of military discipline under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) article 134, and the Canadian Queens Regulations and Orders 103.60.  Recent statements from the Asatru Folk Assembly (AFA) imply that Asatru or Heathenry is only open to those who are white, heterosexual, and gender conforming, are in fact untrue.  This represents their internal policies, not Heathen belief. The AFA present the US and Canadian military a clear-cut, but false, statement that those service folk who express Heathen or Asatru religious beliefs are in contravention of UCMJ 134, and QR&O 103.60. Because the Department of Defense guidelines specifically prohibit this sort of prejudice (http://diversity.defense.gov/About/), the statements of the AFA, if accepted as true, would appear to put Heathen or Asatru soldiers in breach of the policies of the forces and nations they are sworn to serve. This has severe career implications for all Heathen service folk, as well as being a slur upon countless good and worthy men and women who are forbidden by existing regulations to advocate for themselves.

It falls to organizations like The Troth to provide the strong and clear message that Asatru and Heathenry as a whole strongly condemn racism, homophobia, and similar forms of discrimination. For those Heathen men and women who now serve under arms, and who are forbidden to speak in their own defense, let us be as clear as possible.

Racism is not a Heathen belief, nor is sexism nor homophobia. We in the Troth, like many other Heathen organizations, hold and enforce a zero tolerance policy on such behaviors in our halls, and at our events.

As Heathens, we take great pride in disagreeing with each other on a hundred points of doctrine and practice; this is part of our community, part of our ancestral tradition, and not something we are looking to change. We can - and do - unite on some matters though; some matters that are so important, so fundamental to our beliefs that we set aside our differences and speak with one voice.

Two things have brought us together to speak in that single voice in recent years. The first was to all stand behind the Open Halls Project (OHP) to see that all good Heathen service folk had access to support wherever they were based or deployed. The second thing has been condemnation of the AFA’s racist and homophobic proclamations. They do not speak for Heathenry, they do not speak for the many fine men and women who serve our nations under arms, and who have given up the right to speak for themselves while they serve.

We who have served before, we who now stand in support must be that voice, and that voice from not simply the Troth but a hundred other Heathen organizations rings loud and clear. Racism and Homophobia are not Heathen, that is not what our service folk bring to our banners. Loyalty, courage, self-discipline, honour and frith you may find in our teachings, industriousness, self reliance and hospitality as well. You will find no hate in our teachings, no barriers set up against race, gender or sexuality. These things are not Heathen.

Our Heathen service folk stand on guard to defend us all, but to do so, they have given up the right to speak in their own defense. If falls to us, the Heathen community, to raise our voices for them. The teachings of Heathenry are not in conflict with the UCMJ or the QR&O. In fact the teachings of Heathenry are consistent with the highest military and civic virtues. Those in your ranks who you know are Heathen are not just pillars of our community; they are pillars of their service. They are loyal sons and daughters of their nations, offering the gift of service in return for the freedom in which they were raised. A gift for a gift is our way. As these fine men and women are giving us their gift of service, now we give for them this gift; a gift of the words they may not speak in their own defense.

For those who wish to confirm for themselves the words of the organization we are compelled to speak out against are in fact implying Heathenry belongs to only those who are white straight, and gender conforming, you may listen to them in their own words and draw your own conclusions.

https://youtu.be/4JZA0RWF640. I don't recommend watching, but if you are unclear about the justness of the community reaction, it may well dispel any doubts.

This post represents official Troth policy or is an official Troth statement.

18 comments:

  1. No, this is just communism infecting another facet of nationalism and tribal pride. Just like every other body politic that has been infected with this rhetoric worldwide. The EU was founded on the notion that there should be a single race, so mixed up that no one could tell anyone apart. This is a communist attempt to destabilize tradition, just as they destabilized the model American family. A nation without an identity is easily molded and swayed by anyone trying to set themselves up to control them.

    "“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear.”


    ― Marcus Tullius Cicero

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    1. Do you even know what 'communism' is, boy?
      People like you are a shame not only to the 'tribe' you speak of, and the old gods, but to the whole humanity.

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    2. Of course I know what Communism is? Do you know what "The long march through the institutions" means? You have not been able to counter anything I have brought up. Instead you are just continuing on with infantile character assassinations. You have no idea who I am, what I know, or what my level of intelligence or comprehension is. How is it then that one folk group who has rules for who they allow into their own private group cannot do so without being attacked for it? I can't just go onto a native American reservation and all the sudden say that I am a native too. Or apply for the United Negro College fund. To do so would be considered "cultural appropriation" and I would come under fire. How is it that my cultural heritage can't have the same level of exclusivity without garnering harsh criticisms? The AFA isn't discriminating those they serve.

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  2. In any other instance this would be considered "Cultural Appropriation" I believe is the buzzword.

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  3. I for one am very glad to see this statement, and want to add my support for every word of it. I am a UK citizen and proud to have lived all my life in a country which enshrines equality in its statutes, and I cannot and will not tolerate racism and homophobia marching under the banner of Heathenry. Thank you for making our position clear.

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    1. Not to be mean, but if you still have Lords and Commons....how is that equality again?

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  4. I am a Heathen and a Canadian sailor. Our country is built on the diversity of its citizens, (often called a tapestry, rather than a melting pot), and the view that our faith is somehow exclusive in its reach is something I cannot reconcile with the beliefs I've sworn to defend.

    Faith in the Gods and the belief in equality and diversity are not mutually exclusive. Reading this post reaffirms my decision to join The Troth.

    "Where you recognise evil, speak out against it, and give no truces to your enemies."
    -Havamal 127

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  5. I am very glad to see the Heathen community rising up against the hate that fills the ranks. I am retired military, still serving as a DOD Civilian and have room for the blatant racism and homophobic beliefs relayed by some organizations. I have cut ties with several organizations and individuals over the most recent post by the aforementioned organization and will continue to support true Heathens in the belief that we are all equal and stand against evil in all forms.

    Thank you for this post, it gladdens my heart.

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  6. 'marcus', your diatribe reads like that of an Evangelical minister.
    Your church called, they miss you.

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    1. I'm more agnostic then anything, so quit it. I'm just standing up for freedom of thought. Again I see nothing more here then infantile character assassination. I've studied many religions and spiritual faiths. Why don't you look up "Yuri Bezmenov" and do yourself a favor.

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  7. I'm curious: was this bit of apparent legal advice for service members written by someone with expertise in military law? Was his or her expertise in both US and Canadian military law, or was this article written by multiple people or was an outside expert consulted? Given that there has not yet been a massive purge of military members who are also members of religious organizations that encourage heteronormativity (like most Abrahamic religions do) or ethnocentrism, I am suspicious of the interpretation of US military law that this post seems to rely upon, but then I am not a lawyer nor do I pretend to be one.

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  9. I'm curious and must ask, has the AFA called for the killing or destruction of other races or do they just want to have a white only organization? If the latter why is that bad? Why is it that "white" must be destroyed? White countries have to be integrated, white neighborhoods have to be integrated, white schools have to be integrated, white groups must be integrated or destroyed? I don't see this same light being held to other groups or peoples. Everything I've read tells me that the literature written about faith of my ancestors was after the the fact and or by non scandinavians. So who's to say what's right? A story about Thor dressing as a woman to trick a giant is our excuse for complete and utter acceptance of LGBTxyz behavior? If AFA just wants to be exclusive but otherwise leave everyone else alone why not let bygones be bygones? if they are calling for race wars and race purification then I have a problem with them.
    And yes I am a Troth member if you must know where I stand but I try to be fair and objective which is why I ask these questions not knowing the background of the AFA.

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    1. Dont try to reason with them. Its useless.
      SJW's operate under emotion only. Granted. My previous missive was purely an example of pissedoffness. I make no apologies for that.

      This is about "YOU WILL ACCEPT THIS OR ELSE!". Nothing less than total submission. Silence isnt acceptable as someone stated elsewhere.


      Personally, I think the alinskyites have infiltrated because we are growing in numbers.

      Consider how the "tribe" is making a big putch with Harry Potter and so forth.

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  10. I think this is a good thing. All I see is an organization saying I that it doesn't discriminate. I don't get how that impinges on your rights. Feel free to argue otherwise.

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  11. Also, minus \x20\x49 after saying. Darn the lack of edit options for anonymous posting. :)

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  12. Also, minus \x20\x49 after saying. Darn the lack of edit options for anonymous posting. :)

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  13. Recently I have been looking to enter into a broader circle of the Heathen community. I am Heathen, frankly, because the voices of my ancestors were finally heard by me over the clamor of this modern age. I am, because I am. What do I expect in return, nothing. Frequently though, I receive inner calmness and focus. In looking at what has recently become a division within the community at large, I have done my best to read and listen to various points of view as they pertain to the issue that seems to have principally stemmed from Matt Flavel's social media post. I grant that there is a 'reading into' what is being said as being ethnocentric, or exclusive. But this is really a conflict of language and interpretation, and in the end, represents only Matt Flavel. He is one person. The Troth , nearest I can tell, has, at an organizational level, entered into a 'witch hunt' of sorts directed at the AFA, declaring or strongly implying that they are collectively evil. I think this is neither learned, or wise. Whatever moral or academic high ground anyone wishes to assume, it is never wise to defecate where you sleep...unless you are the sort to change your metaphoric bedding area frequently. Where does this leave me? Well, I wont be joining the Troth anytime soon.

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