Question what you read

Rolling Stone just put out an article about the storming of the Capital on Wednesday. They flat out said that Heathenry was code for white supremacy. They are damning an entire religion without knowing what the hell they’re talking about. This is the worst sort of journalism (if one can even call it that). Note, they don’t bother calling out Christianity, despite the numerous crosses in clear view at the riot.

This is what we are now facing.

Speak out. Wear your sacred symbols proudly (mjolnir, valknot, etc.). Do not let ignorant, prejudicial bullshit drive you into a religious closet. Don’t let anyone or anything make you ashamed of your traditions, your Gods, your ancestor practice. These are good and holy things. Our religion is NOT a religion of white supremacy. It’s a religion of family, community, piety, reverence. It’s a religion that anyone can practice if they have reverence for our Gods.

EDIT as of Jan. 10: Rolling Stone issued a piss poor correction of the problematic text. It’s not great, but it’s something.

About ganglerisgrove

Galina Krasskova has been a Heathen priest since 1995. She holds a Masters in Religious Studies (2009), a Masters in Medieval Studies (2019), has done extensive graduate work in Classics including teaching Latin, Roman History, and Greek and Roman Literature for the better part of a decade, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Theology. She is the managing editor of Walking the Worlds journal and has written over thirty books on Heathenry and Polytheism including "A Modern Guide to Heathenry" and "He is Frenzy: Collected Writings about Odin." In addition to her religious work, she is an accomplished artist who has shown all over the world and she currently runs a prayer card project available at wyrdcuriosities.etsy.com.

Posted on January 9, 2021, in Heathenry and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. ganglerisgrove

    This is the comment that I wrote on the site of the article itself:

    “Heathenry is not a term for white supremacists. It is a religion and thousands of people across the US and elsewhere practice it every day. It is a religion focused around veneration of the Gods, ancestors, land, respect for family and community, cultivation of piety, reverence, and respect. ANYONE who reverences the Gods can be Heathen. ANYONE. You really should have done better research before you decided to write a piece perpetrating libel against an entire religion. There were people carrying
    Christian crosses during that riot. Do you think all Christians are white supremacists? Sloppy, sloppy journalism and you should be ashamed. “

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  2. To condemn followers of an entire religion like this is in a very real sense infringing on the right to freedom of religion.

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  3. Why did the Rollingstone ignore the likes of Paula White? Evangelical Christians have been blatant supporters of the current fascist regime:

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  4. You have to remember that feelings triumph facts these days. People are regarding their feelings as facts, and disregarding the actual facts. Media has a narrative to tell these days and it is in the narrative that you find what is going on.

    Why are people focused on white supremacy and heathenry? Is it because behind that is fear that the wrong people (i.e. lower class whites) are threatening the powers that be? By defaming them and labeling them differently from the Black Lives Matter people, the narrative allows people to look upon lower class whites as scum. Meanwhile, the power brokers are safe and assured that they won’t be disturbed.

    I know this is cynical but I have often wondered about the various narratives that sources put forth. I do read all sorts of news and practice pulling apart what they are trying to tell me.

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    • Ironically, Neptunesdolphins, you touch on something more insidious than racism in this country: classicism.

      yes, the feelings over facts brigade. I really do believe this social justice fever is a type of mental and spiritual illness, a contagion that ruins all it touches while accomplishing nothing of integrity in the areas it obsesses about.

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  5. “I will wear the marks of my Gods proudly, let there be no mistaking where my allegiances lie. My skin will proclaim it, my clothes will tell you, I will not be emptied of Them…”

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  6. DecemberFBryant

    I won’t lie when I saw the article I got fucking scared. I looked at the Mjolnir around my own little boys neck and worried what we will face going out in the world with the symbols of our faith and our Gods and our ancestors…its heartbreaking. I cried all day in anger and fear over it. I won’t be taking our Mjolnirs off nor will I be changing some plans I have for some sacred tattooing but I really do worry about this shit.

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    • December, I worry all the time about this. I’ve been confronted because of my hammer more than once. I just explain and people can take it or leave it. I find the more that people know you, even a little bit, the more they are inclined to listen. It becomes a teachable moment. I hate it though. It shouldn’t be like this.

      Brava for not taking off the hammer. I’ve seen way too many Heathens saying we should give up hammer, valknot, even the runes because some few white supremacists also wear them. I could not, obviously, disagree further with this statement. Are we to give up our Gods next?

      this doesn’t mean I”m not aware there may be consequences to wearing one openly. I prepared a brief explanation in my mind that I’ll use when people ask about it. It’s the ones that don’t ask that I wonder about.

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