RELIGIOUS HATRED HAS NO PLACE IN MODERN SOCIETY
SO LONG AS YOU BELIEVE AS WE DO SAY THE HYPOCRITES
By H. Millard (c) 2021
RELIGIOUS HATRED HAS NO PLACE IN MODERN SOCIETY SO LONG AS YOU BELIEVE AS WE DO SAY THE HYPOCRITES
By H. Millard (c) 2021
Recently, a man in Canada drove his truck into a Muslim family, who were simply walking on a local sidewalk, killing almost the whole family. Almost immediately, local politicians spoke out, and rightly so, against religious hatred as they say they believe the man driving the truck was motivated by his hatred of Muslims because of their religion.
And, if you read the various news stories about the above you'll see many comments similar to this: "Religious hatred has no place in this or any nation today." Of course, some of those saying this are the same ones who express religious hatred against some other religions that they don't like. Hypocrisy? You bet. Hypocrisy is defined as "the practice of claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one's own behavior does not conform."
But, of course, you will also find many Muslims who hate others because of their religions. So, Muslims as a whole have no moral high ground in this.
Actually, no group seems to have much of a moral high ground except those that mind their own business, practice their faith as they want and don't bother others. I'll come, a little further on, to such a group called the Asatru Folk Assembly (AFA), that does have the moral high ground but is now the subject of the hatred of others because of their deeply held beliefs--that are no one else's business and which bother no one.
But first, we need to remember that hatred of others for their religion is nothing new and the Bible is full of stories of this or that group hating this or that other group because of their religious beliefs.
The history of Europe is also full of such hatred. For centuries Catholics almost routinely attacked others for their religious beliefs.
How about the U. S.? The U.S. was founded by people from Europe who fled religious persecution in Europe. Massachusetts was founded by such people who had fled England, but even they hated others of different religious views and some had to flee from Massachusetts and start the state of Rhode Island because of religious persecution. And, back to Canada, it was French Huguenots (Protestants) who settled large part of what is now Quebec after fleeing religious hatred in France.
Now, we can be pretty sure that some of those who hated others and who persecuted and even killed them, throughout history, might have said that they didn't hate these people for their religion, per se, but, Gee whiz, if they could just get rid of this deeply held principle or belief that is a part of that religion, and you know, believed more the way we believe that all would be fine. Now, keep this thought in mind, I'll revisit it in just a few paragraphs.
But first, fast forward in our story of religious hatred and hypocrisy to the case of the Mormons.
When they were founded by Joseph Smith, the Mormons were hated and reviled for their faith. But some of the hypocritical haters no doubt pointed out that, Gee whiz, if they could just get rid of this deeply held principle or belief that is part of that religion, and you know, believed more the way we believe that all would be fine. And, in this case it was the principle of polygamy that the bigots didn't like even though it didn't hurt them and was really none of their business. So, what did the Mormons do? They caved in and had a much too convenient "revelation" that they should give up polygamy, instead of standing firm on what was supposed to be an essential element of their faith.
This caused many true believer Mormons to split from those who readily accepted the new revelation. In recent years we have seen some of the the new revelation Mormons--who are now the mainstream Mormons, er, Latter Day Saints--yeah, the leader of the church says they should drop the word Mormon; pretty much hating the Mormons who still follow the ways of Joseph Smith and Brigham Young.
Another essential element of Mormonism was that Blacks could not hold the priesthood in the religion (and all males over a certain age are priests in Mormonism). Lo and behold, in 1978, after 129 years (1849-1978) of having this essential belief element and under pressure from society, Shazaaam, the Mormons had another convenient revelation that now Blacks could hold the Priesthood.
The news of the 1978 Mormon revelation was broadcast on the radio. And, far away from Utah, in Massachusetts, none other than Mormon Mitt Romney heard the news on his car radio and he has said that he was so overwhelmed by this wonderful new revelation that he had to pull his car over to the side of the road because his eyes had filled with tears of joy. I kid you not. More recently, one of Mitt's sons has adopted a Black baby and you can find photos of a beaming Mitt with "his" Black grand baby on his knee. I kid you not again.
But speaking of hatred and hypocrisy, I now call your attention to a religious group called the Asatru Folk Assembly. It is a religion based on the ancient pre-Christian ways of Europeans and believes that there is a necessary genetic/biological link between spirituality and the Divine. Here's the way this religion states this in their Declaration of Purpose:
II. The preservation of the Ethnic European Folk and their continued evolution
If the Ethnic European Folk cease to exist Asatru would likewise no longer exist. Let us be clear: by Ethnic European Folk we mean white people. It is our collective will that we not only survive, but thrive, and continue our evolution in the direction of the Infinite. All native religions spring from the unique collective soul of a particular race. Religions are not arbitrary or accidental; body, mind and spirit are all shaped by the evolutionary history of the group and are thus interrelated. Asatru is not just what we believe, it is what we are. Therefore, the survival and welfare of the Ethnic European Folk as a cultural and biological group is a religious imperative for the AFA.
To further their religion, the AFA has so far bought three former church buildings around the country, which they have renamed Hofs, and they are looking for more. The three they have so far are in Brownsville, Ca., Linden, N.C. and Murdock, Mn.
Now, take a look at the AFA's website [https://www.runestone.org] and you'll find no hatred of anyone or anything. You'll just find that these people want to believe as they believe and practice their religion and not bother anyone and just be law abiding good neighbors and productive members of society. Yet, they are the victims of religious hatred the likes of which we seldom see in this country these days.
Doubt it? Check the Internet. It is full of articles and comments from small minded bigots and haters who spew their threats and hatred of the AFA religion with some calling for attacks on believers and for the burning down of their religious buildings. And some believers have been kicked out of the military and one of their leaders in Murdock, Mn. was stopped from his volunteering at a local animal shelter because of hatred of his religion.
And, of course, some will say, Gee whiz, if they could just get rid of this deeply held principle or belief that is part of that religion, and you know, believed more the way we believe that all would be fine.
And, in the case of the AFA and some other pro-White religions and religious views, the deeply held principle or belief that the haters and bigots can't stand is about the need not only for a generic biological/genetic link to the divine but specifically a White biological/genetic link. It's that word "White" that raises causes the slack jawed haters to drip sputum from their flaccid lips. Give up that Whiteness and all will be fine is what the haters and bigots are saying.
Of course the haters and bigots usually have no problem with, say, the Black Muslims or even traditional Jews who believe that to be a true Jew one must be born of a Jewish mother (see the genetic link there?).
Hopefully, the AFA doesn't go the route of the Mormons and change their deeply held beliefs as shown in their Declaration of Purpose. Anyone who truly believes in their religion and its important principles and beliefs should never change them to be acceptable to non-believers, bigots and haters.
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