December 23rd, 2013 by admin
On December 21st, 2013 a group of Heathens consisting of members of Heathens United Against Racism raised the first of many scorn poles in California, Germany, and Minnesota to protest of the actions taken by specific groups and individuals who are responsible for the growth of racism, organized hate, and a climate of bigotry in our community.
We raise scornpoles, known in Old Norse as nidstongr, as was an accepted practice in the ancient world for denouncing individuals whose crimes were so infamous, so heinous, and so terrible that all had to know of them so they could not escape the shame of their deeds. Along with the shame and ostracism that came with the scornpole were very powerful curses to ensure the intended recipient received their just desserts. Scornpoles were raised anciently against criminals and traitors and in modern days have been raised in Iceland, Norway, Sweden, and Germany against known racists and neo-Nazis worming their way into our communities.
We join Heathens around the world in denouncing those who put their ethnicity ahead of their ancestors, the culture they claim to revere, and the Gods they allegedly honor. Anyone who worships the color of their skin and holds it as the most crucial thing in their life is many things but as Heathens we value the weight of a person’s deeds, not their physical attributes or accidents of the genetic lottery. Raising such superficial aspects of the self above what we see as truly defining who a person is spits on the lore, spits on the deeds of all the ancestors, and brings shame and dishonor upon all Heathens.
We believe for these reasons it is right, necessary, and proper for the members of our community to stand up to these sheepskin-clad wolves and call them out for their misdeeds and the harm inflicted on the good name, honor, and luck of Heathenry. We call on all Heathens around the world who feel as we do to join us, raise a scornpole, and take action against racism and bigotry in our community.
Below are pictures of two of the poles raised with their locations: