Monday, July 12, 2010

Corruption Of Asatru

Corruption Of Asatru Cover It is not unknown for otherwise decent religions to become corrupted by incorporating racist, sexist, anti-semitic, and homophobic beliefs. For example:

- The Christian Identity movement is one wing of the Christian religion which has adsorbed such beliefs.

- During the early part of the 20th Century, The National Socialist Party in Germany under Adolf Hitler attempted to pervert Asatru by grafting parts of the religion onto the Nazi racist beliefs. This blasphemy died by the end of World War II, although some neo-Nazi groups -- largely in the U.S. -- are now attempting to continue the practice.

This type of activity is in no way related to the restoration of Asatru as a legitimate Heathen religion. There is a very strong anti-racist, anti-Nazi stance among national Asatru groups in the Scandinavian countries. This is also found in almost all Asatru groups in English speaking countries. They typically have a clear rejection of racism written into their constitutions. Unfortunately, some anti-racism groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (in its Megiddo report) have mistakenly accused the entire religion of racism.

Many people are exposed to the name "Asatru" through role playing games, such as Mage: The Ascension. Unfortunately, the Asatru of these games bear little resemblance to the real religion.

Free eBooks (Can Be Downloaded):

Stephen Mcnallen - What Is Asatru
Asatru Free Assembly - The Lessons Of Asgard
Austin Osman Spare - A Book Of Satyrs
James Eschelman - Invocation Of Horus
Anonymous - Odinism And Asatru