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Nov 4, 2009 dashing_dutchman commented on America's First Openly Pagan Elected Official....
In regards to my last post: he identifies as a neo-heathen, which means he isn't necessarily part of Asatru, hence the terminology.

Regardless, as many have said, this group is diverse in views, and many are loving people. There are many I have spoken to who support gay marriage and are even openly gay themselves.

ps - Sorry for the grammatical errors. My previous post should read, 'I have to say that there ARE many misconceptions."
Nov 4, 2009 dashing_dutchman commented on America's First Openly Pagan Elected Official....
Having studied Asatru (from the Old Norse Asa, meaning "gods," and Tru, meaning roughly "faith or loyalty in"), which began simultaneously in Iceland, the UK, and the USA in the 1970's, I have to say that there is many misconceptions as to the values and practices of Norse Reconstructionism. First, they do not adhere to Nazi ideology. Despite a FBI investigative report due to misconceptions during the 1990's, Asatru is as close to Neo-völkisch movements as the Anglican Church is to the Christian Identity movement. Hitler actually persecuted anyone who truly believed in this religious viewpoint, as Point 24 of the National Socialist Program illustrated. Unfortunately, as with many things, there are those who distort and tamper with ideas in order to fit their own political and, in this case, racial agenda. Secondly, they attest that they are in no way related to Wicca.

What confuses me about this man is his title. I have never heard of a figurehead called an Alething before: Althing is the term for the parliamentary government that developed in Iceland in the 10th century (and still exists today), as well as group meetings of Heathens. Gothi is the common term for priest, so perhaps that is what he is?
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Jun 2, 2009 dashing_dutchman commented on The People I'm Persecuting Are So MEAN!.
It was rather unfortunate that KESQ focused on the Proposition 8 fallout. They did a "special" on the California Proposition 8 donor list, and actually went around to several homes, telling them they were on this list, and that they can become targets from those who don't agree (aka the queer mobs). It was by far the most deplorable show of journalism I have ever seen in my 20 years. Granted, that makes me a youth compared to many, but the only TV I bother watching is the news. On the flip-side, they have lost a portion of their audience after these event, and their ratings are significantly lower, so I suppose good riddance to bad rubbish.

Let this be an example of what to watch out for, all in Washington. Be attentive of the portrayal of the situation in the local media outlets, lest this occurs there as well.
Jun 2, 2009 dashing_dutchman commented on The People I'm Persecuting Are So MEAN!.
Dear "Gay Activists are God's Special Gift to Mankind," who posted topic 11:

Being at the Palm Springs rally that night, I can tell you KESQ, the local televised news station that has as much, if not less, integrity as Fox News, did not give a proper synopsis of what occurred that night. The lady, who is notorious in the Palm Springs area for heckling and preaching to passers-by during pride parades and other functions with a high GLBT presence, was trying to squeeze herself into the crowd, in an effort to get on stage, where Mayor Steve Pougnet was conveying his wish for outreach to minority communities (only a third of Palm Springs voted against Proposition 8). During this time, whether by accident or otherwise, the lady pushed a handicapped senior who was in a wheelchair, causing him to fall down, and was hitting people with her Styrofoam cross. That is what caused the scuffle; her attendance was expected, but it was her inability to respect the space of those against Proposition 8 that caused ire. A spectator, who was filming the speeches and protest, caught glimpse of a second person ripping signs from participants in the back of the crowd. This also didn't settle well with those in the vicinity. It should be said that, out of the hundreds of people there, only a handful were involved in this confrontation; most people didn't even know what was happening. Alas, the handful was able to make her into a martyr, and caused national attention. Luckily, when she was at the protest a week following, no harm was done, and both sides were civil towards each other. Yes, ripping a Styrofoam cross and stomping on it may not be the best course of action, but, again, she wasn't the "little old lady" KESQ made her out to be.

On a side note: Dan, I am sure you have heard of Obama's recent proclamation. Will you do a blog entry regarding it? If so, I look forward to reading it!
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