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    Difficult reconciliations

    Warning. This post acknowledges the existence of American politics.

    I want to start by saying that while I am influence by Asatru, Vasatru, and Northern Tradition, and do not soley align with the ideology. This has been mostly a blessing for me because of a large active community somewhat local to me. This community is part of a larger global organization that does some pretty great things.

    However the man at the helm of the local chapter also is a major figure in a certain presidential candidates local efforts. I understand that this man speaks only for himself, even if he's using his platform to amplify his voice.

    The more I look into this the more I see it's happening all over the place within the faith, and in a world were silence often gives cosent, I'm wondering how others are reacting.
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    Re: Difficult reconciliations

    Sticky problem, for sure.

    I am frequently an advocate of keeping my head down because, really, most things aren't all that important, and the veiws of most people are not subject to change. But in this election, I think that there is a very, very real danger to this country, and would not want my silence to be equated with agreement.

    But I also doubt that you can do much other than make trouble for yourself.

    So, yeah, there's a real problem.

    I don't know what I'd do if I were in your shoes. Maybe I'd try suggesting that that person should keep his politics out of your religion, then be prepared to cease associating with that group if things go the way I imagine they will.

    I dunno. No good choices in my line of sight...
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    I agree,religion should not be used to effect political stuff.
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    Re: Difficult reconciliations

    It's posts like these that make me feel better about being the only Heathen in my area. I've been in similar situations, though, and all I can do is be open enough about my faith that people get to see that Heathens can be good people, and set an example for maybe some less open about their faith to follow.

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    Re: Difficult reconciliations

    Quote Originally Posted by callmeclemens View Post
    Warning. This post acknowledges the existence of American politics.

    I want to start by saying that while I am influence by Asatru, Vasatru, and Northern Tradition, and do not soley align with the ideology. This has been mostly a blessing for me because of a large active community somewhat local to me. This community is part of a larger global organization that does some pretty great things.

    However the man at the helm of the local chapter also is a major figure in a certain presidential candidates local efforts. I understand that this man speaks only for himself, even if he's using his platform to amplify his voice.

    The more I look into this the more I see it's happening all over the place within the faith, and in a world were silence often gives cosent, I'm wondering how others are reacting.
    Do his political affiliations negatively effect your community? Do they negatively effect your place within that community, or your ability to interact with or otherwise participate in said community?

    If the answer is 'no' then his political affiliations are completely irrelevant, and your silence is not consenting to anything. If the answer is 'yes' then perhaps it's time to find another community. People are allowed to have political views. People are allowed to have political views that don't match up with those of their peers. It's not the views themselves that's the problem... it's the way that those views impact upon our interactions with others that is important. I try not to look at opinions, but actions. I may not like bigots, but if their bigoted views aren't directly impacting my interactions with them then what do I actually have to complain about?

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    Re: Difficult reconciliations

    http://www.heathenhof.com/new-leader...ist-direction/

    I'm not sure if any of you follow this group, but as it's now flooded out into the larger Pagan world here it is. I really didn't believe that this way of thinking existed at the very top, I don't know the new leader personally, but I had the pleasure to meet Mr. McNallan (sp?) whom recently relinquished the responsibility, and at that time I was confident that this sort of thinking was not a concrete part of the groups foundation.
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    Re: Difficult reconciliations

    This sort of thing has been floating around various Heathen groups for decades...in today's political climate, it's no surprise that people are finally owning what's been in the back of their minds for years. Honestly, it's one of the reasons I look at most Heathens I don't know (especially if they affiliate with certain groups) with side-eyes until I've seen reason to do otherwise. I've known a number of ethnically diverse and LGBT Heathens that choose not to associate with any number of local or national groups for exactly this reason.

    Personally, knowing what we know about American history, about genetics in general, and about human evolution, I find such stances to be utterly reprehensible...but it has also been my experience that these sorts of Heathens are also the reason why (in my experience and observation) Heathens have a greater tendency for the out and out rejection of science.

    Not all of them obviously (and not that there aren't other Pagans that don't also do this), but its enough that it's been noticeable to me.
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    Re: Difficult reconciliations

    The main difference is recognized religious groups(Mainly Christian) get the tax exemption thing. If these Heathen groups faced losing a tax free thing,they would understand ANY political "Preaching" would make their tax free status vanish. Not sure if Islam gets the tax break(Or other religious groups) Some Christian groups are pushing the political thing,and "May" loose their tax free status.
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    Re: Difficult reconciliations

    What's really devastating is that outbursts like this most recent one are driving up new membership. I made the decision to end my membership a few months ago, it's a shame they did an excellent job in bringing people together offline.

    I'll be grateful for what I gained, one if those things ironically is an African American friend, and now former member.
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    Is anyone surprised that at the top of religions there are people running it with their own agenda in mind?
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