As first generation modern Germanic Heathens we are often acutely aware that our “last generation” (of Germanic Heathens) suffered under the FULL extent of the law when it came to the adoption of the Abrahamic cult of Christianity.
Our ancestors were fined for the practice of their native faith, a legal bias existed against them in terms of forming “militias” (twice the fine for non-Christians) and “terms of slavery” (Christians can’t be sold out of the country), and all this ranged on up to and including public execution.
The State had come to the Germanic peoples. And it was a radical Abrahamic theocracy. But … it had come to the Germanic peoples. And right from the get go there was a friction between the native cultural disposition and the “foreign law” … resulting not only in the bloodshed and inhumanity of the “Conversion Age”, but continuing on throughout our history as a people, long after we’d forgotten our native deities and their ways, and which ultimately resulted in the separation of Church and State.
Now, to be fair, as a person of Germanic belief, I’m not entirely resistant to the notion of theocracy. I don’t think it is an inherently evil thing; though, like secularism “it” certainly has that capacity and really depends on fundamental cultural disposition.
I can however say that, as a Germanic Heathen, I am very happy to have been born in the modern West with it’s separation of Church and State. I am fortunate to have had the freedom to “explore my spirituality” — to the very limited extent I actually needed to outside of the context of Germanic belief — and to express it without fear of legal repercussions and no matter any socio-cultural friction I might have experienced along the way … which at certain points in my life were not simply predictable, but indeed sought after. To paraphrase the movie Braveheart, “Where am I going? To pick a fight!”
And along the way, and largely as a result of that friction, I’ve earned the respect, and learned to respect some of these modern day Christians. We heathens might say that the separation of Church and State simply deprived them of the power they needed to be the assholes of the past, while those Christians might say that that same separation enabled them to come to a clearer understanding of Christ’s message. But as for me, I say it is less the Christian in them, and more the Germanic showing through … that native Germanic culture and disposition were so strong that the Abrahamism that was Christianity was fundamentally transformed over the centuries, resulting in the emergence of the modern day Western identity (as something more “akin to” or “in line with” the elder Germanicism).
I by no means think that the West is perfect. Like the Romans, it seems to me that we have since forgotten what made us great to begin with. And it seems a strange thing that we want to break this identity by tearing down the borders of the “innangeard” … that we refuse to acknowledge this “white privilege” for the hard won privilege that it is … seeking to turn it into some kind of shame … despite the fact that the uncoddled masses of the world roundly desire take part in that privilege in lieu of any of the many other non-Western “options” available. As a people, over hard fought, grueling and blood soaked centuries, of standing our ground (if for no other reason than there was no viable option), we have collectively earned our privilege … our bragging rights (wherever that stops short of mistaking your peoples accomplishments for your personal accomplishments).
I am merely an heir. But without a sense of pride (in the accomplishments of others), my heritage is likely to go the way of the community or household that takes no pride in itself.
This all naturally leads me to thoughts on migrants in general, and Islamic migrants in specific. Certainly, if we as a people could so fundamentally alter Christian attitudes, “the word of Jehovah”, it’s not at all unbelievable that we could deeply influence it’s younger brother Islam if brought into the fold of our societies. But that end is best (and ONLY) served by preserving the sanctity of our lands, the primacy of our native cultures … by not “flooding” them, by demanding that newcomers “earn their spurs” … like they did in the past … when my mother’s Polish father first came to Canada … and just like I did when I decided to take up Germanic belief in the face of a society that thought it was all about devil worship and hatred and violence.
The burden of proof is on the new-comer; as is the need to accommodate.
Things don’t have to be perfect for you to take a good look around and see all you have to appreciate … or what you still have to a fair degree as the case might be. The thing about freedom is that it’s damn hard and often thankless work and things don’t always go your way; which is often the surest sign that you do indeed have freedom … just like your “disagreeable” neighbour has (and should have).
Let’s take some pride in who we’ve become and what it took to get there; wherever that stops short of undermining who we are and what it took to get there of course! Embrace your glory, acknowledge your debts, but refrain from the moral posturing and pathological altruism that imagines the “great Western cure all” — cured of what??? and as compared too??? — is to add even more variables into an already (at this point) overly complicated equation; thereby only feeding the very socio-cultural fear and insecurity it (pretentiously) seeks to cure.