While commentary and conversation about my blog has been overwhelmingly positive, I have heard a rumbling of discontent here and there, and it’s usually how “pro-Loki” I am. Let’s clear something up here about my reasons and methodology. There is going to be very some very strong language here, so be fore-warned.
I am not, in any way, proselytizing on Loki’s behalf. What happens at your altar is your business alone, so long as it doesn’t involve little kids in an inappropriate way. As far I can tell, via my own UPG, I don’t think He cares
how anyone feels about Him. If you want to feel Loki is evil and refrain from worshiping Him? I don’t care; His influence didn’t depend on your opinion anyhow, so feel free to feel however you want to. Pray to him, worship him, ignore him, malign him, threaten him? When I think on that, I get a sort of sensation that amounts to “same shit, different day.”.
I am not here to “fix” the “perceptions” about him; I’m here to point fingers to a completely different kind of sickness. The kind that injures our faith as a whole, regardless of individual stances of this God or any other.
I have been made to understand that the argument over Loki has caused many leader’s to leave the Troth, which baffled me. Than there is the AFA, who doesn’t really see the need to bother censuring or calling to heel members of it’s organization spewing racist propaganda that is completely at odds with their own rules. They do have, however, a rule against Loki.
That we take time to worry about Loki, collectively, on this scale is mind boggling. The conversation has become a cancer on our faith that grows by the moment. We can break professional ties, snap frith in half, and ignore terroristic threats made from within our ranks (sometime across our ranks)…because of how we worship and whom we worship.
Madness. Doubtful of the point I’m making? Let’s look at a cross-faith example of the same sort of thing at work.
Pope Sideous was a pretty evil bastard, hunh? You know a Pope has gone off of the strait and narrow when the fact that they were a Hitler Youth* seems almost quaint. The man stands accused of sheltering and protecting priestly pedophiles, shipping them from church to church before the legal ramifications of their actions could catch up with them. Now this is a serious allegation, that demands serious attention. This is a moral and religious leader, and how the Catholic Church handled such an allegation is important.
So when they did nothing about and continued to argue about petty matters of religious praxis which were, in the grand scale of things, fairly inconsequential? Well, that’s a problem.
Remember how enraged and incredulous lookers on were when the Catholic Church just seem to drum it’s fingers on the counter, and try to proceed with business as usually like nothing freaking happened? I was enraged. All of us who not yet resigned to the moral failings of Catholicism were.
Yet, here we stand…discussing Loki like it’s the most relevant thing in the fucking work. Have we lost out minds?
We have organizations that aspire to acts of racially targeted terrorism in our ranks, and even a few who already are committed to engaging in such actions. We are not a legally recognized religion in a majority of the countries of the world, and many locations have not even the legal precedent to allow Heathen to own churches or perform religious ceremonies. We are mocked by scholars, and a great majority of the public believes us to be little more than a violent prison religion.
I just tried to look up the number of public, Heathen churches in the world. Google didn’t even understand the question. That’s right, Google. You know, the search engine where “If I eat myself” and “Why does my vagina smell?” are auto-completed searches? I ask a question about public Hofs, and it gives me a blank stare.
If I am hard on the AFA, the Troth, or any other organization? It’s because I expect better. I don’t expect McNallen, Aswynn, Stinson, Abel, Lusch-Schreiwer or anyone else to make their organizations and/or writing match my exact desires; this would make me no better than the people I am trying to call to task. I do expect us, collectively and individually, the most intelligent and the most dense, to look between issues like “racial hate groups that aspire to terrorism and ear mark the lot of us as prison-bound bigots” and “some people worship Loki” and be able to pick out which one has more reaching consequences.
Our religion has ancient and venerable roots, but the form it takes today is young and vulnerable. Our battles should be picked and chosen to be only the most vital, and long reaching ones. The Loki issue….is none of these things. One way or the other. These simply is not an issue that demands the level of discussion that we give it. This should be a matter of choice at a personal/kindred level, at most.
If you or your organization commits to having an official, group-wide policy to Loki worship and doesn’t have the time, clarity, or awareness to put forth energy to address the wanna-be terrorist organizations that try to subvert our entire faith for their own vitriol and scornful egotism? If that’s what you want to think is important? Well, I have news for you.
Your own ignorance is causing more discord, disharmony, and world-breaking than an entire pantheon of trickster gods ever could. This, and only this, is what I care about in this discussion. If I was against Loki’s veneration, I would feel the same way.
* Yeah, I know; many Germans signed up with Nazi organizations in spite of having no actually sympathy to the Nazi party. Considering the extreme gravity of the accusations against him….I can’t really give the former Pope the benefit of that doubt.