There is a fantastic post today at The Political Pagan about the tendency of American Heathens to believe that being politically conservative is an essential part of being a Heathen.
As a hippie, left-wing, mostly pacifist, I say bravo to Maelstrom for this post. I have many issues with “mainstream heathenry” (is there really such a thing? We’re awfully fringey no matter how you cut the pie), and one of those is the pro-war Viking stereotype. Just because the most famous of our Germanic ancestors were the Vikings does not mean that they are the majority of our ancestors. Most were not warriors. Most were farmers. War and battle were only a part of life, and fighting and claiming to always be right and that we should have no government interference in our lives and that we should all carry guns around isn’t really all that accurately historical. I have no interest whatsoever in being a Viking. I want to be a strong Germanic woman, but that’s no reason for me to want to go attack churches for wealth and fame. That’s no reason I want to strike deadly fear in my adversaries. I’d honestly rather not have adversaries, as unrealistic as that is.
My next post will be about how I feel about the Asatruar and the ultra-conservative Heathens and the “lore thumpers.” But for now, I just wanted to pop in and say “Go read that post. It’s quite good.”