Posted by Non-Aligned Politics
So, with that background in mind, let’s return to the question. Am I attempting to initiate a witch hunt or red scare?
Once again, it’s an issue with usage of language. People in general are turned off by those who attempt to posit that they are more enlightened than others. Please, check your privilege at the door, no one is more or less enlightened due to them agreeing with or disagreeing with your views.
The extreme rhetoric regarding me or this piece is obscuring a much larger issue. As I noted at the beginning of this essay, the information page was presented as a supplementary resource to the article about Augustus Sol Invictus, a known Fascist and New Right candidate who shares much of the same theology and practices as some of the fiercest critics of my piece.
The extreme rhetoric you are receiving is your fault because of your usage of language and the fact that you seemingly did not consult others outside of your boxed in perspective. f you had, people would have told you, “This piece is a bit condescending, might wanna tone it down.” There’s no problem with exiting your box and thinking outside of it. It helps create a peaceful dialog for that I too believe is important to discuss, but not when it seems like an attack instead of an invitation. This is why the United States has an abhorrent racial problem is because both sides of the issue are being condescending towards each other which does nothing but shy people away from the discussion. It’s either their views are treated as Truth or else you’re publicly shamed as a racist/white genocide sympathizer.
There are some deeply difficult questions that we need to ask. Do the gods want us to return to ‘tribal’ societies, do the gods demand we war against Muslims and Atheists and Leftists, do the gods demand we institute strict hierarchies and authority-relationships between priests and the rest of us? And did those gods happen to notice those are the same ideas of the New Right?
You’re assuming that the Gods interventionists in human affairs. Some of us assume that they aren’t interventionists while others believe otherwise. I use the term “assume” because no mortal being can actually “know” what the Gods are thinking or want for us. I assume they just want us to figure human issues out for ourselves and not have the hand of Divine Governance dictating what we should do. That no longer implies freedom, but totalitarianism. The Gods may call, but they can’t dictate want the ultimate outcome of humankind should be. When those believe we are being called to dictate to our fellow human being that the Gods will must be done, then we have a theocracy and theocracies never turn out well.
While I disagree with Rhyd WIldermuth on his execution of the article he wrote, both the original and the rebuttal, I do respect his beliefs and believe his heart may be in the right place as long as he isn’t some infiltrator/witch hunt provoking tyrant. I would like to give him the benefit of the doubt and state that Rhyd WIldermuth isn’t any of the above, but rather a person with a kind heart being vigilant of those who would tarnish the beautiful religions of Paganism for political opportunism. And I am be wrong, who knows? I don’t him to come to any guaranteed conclusion, but until then I stay with my belief that Rhyd is really a good guy who needs to consult more different people to look over his work.