Column: Shining like the Sun

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It happened a little over a year ago. Suddenly, there was a dead church. It socially collapsed, right there, at the end of my street.

Column: Religion and Politics in Ásatrú and Heathenry

[Karl E. H. Seigfried is the author of The Norse Mythology Blog, named the world’s Best Religion Weblog in 2012, 2013 and 2014. He wrote all Ásatrú definitions in the Religion Newswriters Association’s Religion Stylebook and has written on myth and religion for the BBC, Herdfeuer, Iceland Magazine, Interfaith Ramadan, MythNow, On Religion, Religion and Ethics, and Reykjavík Grapevine. He currently teaches courses for the Newberry Library’s Continuing Education Program while working on his fourth degree, an MA in Religion at the University of Chicago Divinity School.]

In the online world of Ásatrú and Heathenry, the reprimand “stop mixing religion and politics” is a regular refrain. On Facebook and Twitter, on blogs and websites, in discussion groups and comment sections, accusations are often made that a given individual or group is polluting the religion with personal political bias. This phenomenon is not specific to a particular position; invective is hurled from both ends of the political spectrum.

More religion and politics

A great quote from Tristero:
The right wing should not have a free pass to say whatever fool nonsense they want simply because they pretend they are doing “what God wants them to.” That is a lie that deserves no respect at all. There is no reason under the sun why anyone should feel even the slightest compunction about laughing in the face of Sun Myung Moon or judge Roy Moore or even George W. Bush, when he claims he is on a crusade from God. Bush is many, many things, but one thing he is not is God’s infallible messenger. He should be held up to extended public ridicule whenever he implies such a thing (which according to my count, he’s done at least three times in a particularly obnoxious way).