June 1st, 2017 by admin
Heathens United Against Racism (HUAR) would like to formally comment that the Portland Killer’s actions didn’t happen in a vacuum. In an environment where hate-speech is being normalized and promoted, it tends to bubble over into violence. While it has been an existing problem, Pagan and Heathen communities have seen recent increases in racist, violent, and bigoted ideologies trying to sew themselves into the fabric of our faith-traditions. But fringe faiths are not alone, as many major religions such as Christianity are facing the same problems right now. Also like Christianity, there are certain groups and members of our community that deserve more blame than others. Groups like the Asatru Folk Assembly (AFA), Soldiers of Odin, Wolves of Vinland, and their web of allies promote ideas of racial separatism, competition, and violence. They have done so under the auspices of “Pride” and “Heritage.” The AFA is also committed to their prison ministry work, which only promotes their brand of Asatru (commonly known as “Odinism” within the prison system) in an environment that is already rife with white supremacy, skinheads, and Neo-Nazis.
To combat the toxicity of exclusive practices, groups such as HUAR, The Alliance for Inclusive Heathenry, Heathens Against Hate and others have been formed. Huginn’s Heathen Hof (HHH) united these organizations even further when they created a pact called “Declaration 127” that asks the Heathen and Asatru communities to disown and distance themselves from the AFA for these reasons. In total, there are currently 170 organizations from 17 nations internationally, including The Troth, and groups from Europe and Scandinavia where this practice has its historical roots, have signed this pact (http://declaration127.com/). We encourage all Heathens and Heathen organizations to seek out and sign this pact, but more importantly, we urge all groups and organizations to create and enforce anti-discrimination/anti-harassment statements.
The Portland Killer is our community’s responsibility, and we must do everything we can to prevent it from happening again. Our hearts and dedication go out to the victims’ families, and to the survivors of this gruesome act of terror.
“Where you recognize evil, speak out against it, and give no truces to your enemies”
-Havamal, stanza 127