A friend asked me to weigh in on Jeremy Christian. I haven’t had the right frame of mind to weigh in on much of anything lately, but this is an important enough issue that it needs to be addressed regardless of how I might be feeling.
It would be a semantic pissing contest to ask whether Jeremy Christian is or is not a whole variety of things based on specific definitions. I am sure there are Odinists who are distancing themselves, and declaring that Mr. Christian* isn’t a Odinist or a bigot or what have you. Indeed, there are already some defending him; saying that a man who murdered people trying to stop him from harassing a Muslim girl wasn’t a racist. He was just “proud of his heritage”.
I’ve also seen truly brilliant sorts go out of there way to play semantic word games over the issue, declaring him not a Heathen and not our problem. These are the same people will have multiple arguments over weather Heathenry counts as a Pagan religion or not. It’s one of the most tedious, foolish, and ignorant tactics I see.
Because it doesn’t fucking matter. Heathenry has a problem with being used as a cover for white supremacy. Jeremy Christian used the name of Odin to defend his actions. I personally don’t think it matters if the dude identifies as a Heathen, an Odinist, or a fucking bag of door knobs. He’s using the name of the Allfather as justification for harassment and murder; titles be damned, it’s now our problem.
If you want to be complacent? Fine…but have the damn decency to continue being complacent when other people choose to get shit done because your apathy is not a mandate.
This is our problem….so what are we going to do about it? I don’t know what’s next, but I do know that a laissez fair attitude won’t solve anything.
*Am I the only one who things his name is ironic as hell?