Our Burden is Racist Morons (and bad reporting)
I have been angry at the SPLC in the past for how they treated heathenry, and with the federal government for a report on right wing terrorism threats. Sadly, it is looking like they were more right than I wanted to admit.
The article, while very badly written and poorly researched, makes a point about Judaism that rings true. I have had better detailed discussions with Jewish people about our faith than others, once I convinced them that I was not a threat. They and other minorities have no choice but to be careful. People are threatening to kill them and some of those people look like us. I hate when people look at my body marks or my hammer and think I was in a prison gang or something similar but I cannot blame those people. They have to watch out for threats and we look like a threat from the outside.
The best I can do is work to educate people where I can. I don’t know what else to do. If you have other ideas, feel free to discuss them here or point me to other places. (No, I do not generally use Facebook for this purpose.)
I feel the article could have been a LOT better informed and others agreed. It is sensationalist and the author seems to see a lot of this as a joke. I don’t know anyone who would honor David Lane and he called himself a Wotanist specifically while using 1488 and 88 a lot in his writings but those distinctions are not clear to outsiders who have not spent years studying.
There have been other articles since:
“Because pagans gonna pagan. ” I think the author is going for gonzo journalism.
“It’s a comic book religion in a lot of ways,” he added.
Something much cleaner with comments from people I at least know from a distance:
They point out that we face something closer to what Muslims do. Think of that and be more welcoming to others who are victims as well.
The best response I have seen so far: