ThinkProgress and Its Blatant Ignorance on Asatru

One of my favorite Asatru groups, The Asatru Community posted an article written by the supposedly progressive website Think Progress titled The Religion of Choice for White SupremacistsIt illustrates the same stereotypical nonsense that Christians today use to demonize our Heathen faith, that it’s filled with primarily hateful minions of neo-Nazis and other white supremacy groups. As someone who s half Hispanic, I have to say I take offense to the misrepresentation of our Heathen faith.  First off, ThinkProgress is supposed to be a progressive site which means progressing past creating hateful stereotypes and mocking minority religious faiths.  For example lets look at this line:

“It’s a comic book religion in a lot of ways,”

Really?  That’s the same nonsense that conservative Christians have said to me many times.  Taking up this mantle of trying to discredit a valid faith is a low blow and only shows the similarities that ignorance of certain instills.  It’s much like how Donald Trump has tried to discredit the Islamic faith.  So, in order to further demonize a faith that some on the Left feel is catering to white supremacy they need to stoop into the cesspool that is Donald Trump?

I understand bringing awareness to the bastardization of Asatru by filthy racists, but the article smacks of painting a picture of a faith with a really broad brush.  Not all Asatruar are racists and not all Asatruar are white.  Perhaps an interview with non-racist Asatruar might have helped expand the minds of the authors of this hideous, hateful article.  Instead, they only cite white supremacists, which are only a minority in our Heathen faith.  If you replaced Islamacists with white supremacists and replace the cited material with quotes from jihadists ThinkProgress would be all over the article saying it was Islamophobic and offensive.  In this case, I think it’s proper to state that perhaps ThinkProgress has a tendency towards Asatruophobia.  How else do you explain such a ridiculous article that is offensive in its own right?  How do you explain the one sidedness and ignorance that is displayed?  Asatruophobia.  The same phobia that monotheists tend to be infected with.

I am a half Hispanic Asatruar and I am proud of my religion and thankful for the Gods calling upon me.  This is something that, unless experienced, many won’t ever know nor feel.   I don’t feel that I’m special because I felt the Gods calling me, it’s just an exhilerating feeling to feel the Gods walking nearby in the wooded groves or feeling the thunder rumbled the ground and believing that it’s Thor striking the anvil with mjolnir.  Call me silly or insane, so be it.  I’m not trying to convert to my belief system.  This is how my soul feels.  It’s simply a connection with the Divine, which is something anyone can feel deep in their soul.

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Posted on July 19, 2016, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. I stopped reading anything on ThinkProgress a long time ago. It may bill itself as a liberal site, but their articles are always click-bait with a total lack of understanding of the topic at hand.

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  2. Just sent them a message:

    “With regards to article: http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2015/11/13/3721890/white-supremacy-odinism/

    I’m an adherent to a modern Norse Pagan religion who recently stumbled upon this article through a blog response to it (listed here: ThinkProgress and Its Blatant Ignorance on Asatru – http://wp.me/p4N0v2-lo)

    While I can’t say that I feel as strongly about this article as the blogger cited, and the language used doesn’t necessarily represent my take on it, I can’t help but agree with the basic premise the blogger outlined: for a site that bills itself as a liberal site it is surprising that it has painted a minority religion in such broad strokes, apparently without the research to even determine the difference between various paths that fall under the umbrella term “heathen,” such as Asatru and Vanatru, which are both heathen religions originating in the old Norse religions of the Vikings and their predecessors, but which revere different groups of gods (the Æsir and the Vanir).

    Of course given the subject of your article (the role that an extremist version of Asatru or Odinism) played in a hate crime, it is reasonable that people were interviewed and cited based on that premise. Certainly the generally peaceful nature of the community was mentioned, but it was quite glossed over and the total neglect of interviewing non-racist adherents, defaulting instead to people who dismiss the entire path as a “comic book” of a religion, not only erases the voices of the peaceful majority, it degrades them.

    Ultimately this article does do its job of exploring this fringe extremism and its roll in the hate crimes cited, but it additionally does a decent job of both demonizing and dismissing/degrading and entire religious minority community.

    It is my hope that, with this brought to the attention of the staff, such articles in the future could at least be decently researched and include at least one voice from the community that is more in line with the values of the community as a whole, rather than painting the entire community with one very negative color.”

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