|Posted on August 22, 2016 at 10:40 PM|
A large Asatru organization recently clarified that they firmly disbelieve in the idea of transgendered people. They also made sure to distinguish between an adoration of the children of their group, and chose to phrase it in a way that showed adoration towards specifically Caucasian children of their group. Their Alsherjargothi went on to make it clear that non-Caucasians, transgendered people, homosexuals, etc (anyone not of European ancestry and those who didn't practice "traditional family values" in the bedroom) were not welcome in the Asatru Folk Assembly.
This statement has so much potential to cause harm, confusion, and harsh knee-jerk reactions in the Heathen community, from within and without. I wanted to clarify the stance that Fort Wayne Heathens has. Hopefully this clarification will remind our current members of what they’ve prescribed to, and let future members know what we expect.
"Article V - Policies
Section A: Discrimination
* We do not tolerate any sort of discrimination. This includes but is not limited to; sex/gender, race/ethnicity, and/or sexual orientation. Discrimination may result in removal without warning."
Fort Wayne Heathens is not here to thought-police you, your neighbor, your cousin’s roomates’s bestfriend’s dog or anyone else. We are here to provide a safe, open, and public introduction to Heathenry where no one is excluded based on superficial things. We base our opinions of our members, our alies, and our friends on worth alone.
That being said, we will not tolerate discrimination, hate, bigotry, or exclusion in our group. I hope that if there are people out there that expect that from modern American Heathenry, they can look upon Fort Wayne Heathens and see it shining like a beacon. I hope that we can serve as an example.
The Asatru Folk Assembly's words here should serve as an example of what not to encourage in Heathenry.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all [men] are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
2. Hail, ye Givers! a guest is come;
say! where shall he sit within?
Much pressed is he who fain on the hearth
would seek for warmth and weal.
3. He hath need of fire, who now is come,
numbed with cold to the knee;
food and clothing the wanderer craves
who has fared o'er the rimy fell.
4. He craves for water, who comes for refreshment,
drying and friendly bidding,
marks of good will, fair fame if 'tis won,
and welcome once and again.
Hospitality and equality are Heathen and American values. Fort Wayne Heathens is a group of American Heathens. We will continue to do what we do, and won’t leave those on the wayside due to the color of their skin, the gender they choose to express, their sexuality, or anything else.
- Mark Bayless Pope, Lawspeaker of Fort Wayne Heathens