To me that is an insult.
To me that is like acknowledging that heathen (or pagan) really means “Hick” or “yokl”.
I am always surprised and get kind of a LARP vibe when i read things like “our folk ways”.
Their “indignation” dumbs my customs down. They really have more in common with snake handling Christians (not to be Christian bashing ) than anything that feels “Norse”.
These people belong in a heavy metal video.
I am straight but i am also educated and my mother is not married to her brother.
I belive in active studies (of academic material), a living custom through folklore and adapting to modern society while reconstructing.
In short, i am a modern Scandinavian, NOT some “Viking warrior” with a need to preserve my “folk” (“they”, regardless of how you count, seem to be doing just fine).
I am simply a person doing my best to live according to a custom such as it presents itself through academia, scientific disciplines (history, archeology, anthropology, linguistics,etymology, semiotics and so on ) ,my own culture and folklore and some philosophical and theological speculation on my own part.
Some of them are Scandinavian. I´m willing to bet they stay clear of blóts of a more mainstream (in lack of a better term) nature.
They would be verbally (at least) and intellectually bitch slapped by pretty much any follower of the custom i´ve known.
The only threat i see to Norse culture and heritage are these circus clowns.
How can anyone take heathenry seriously with these around?
…this about my article on the Finnish presidential candidate Pekka Haavisto:
Mua ha ha ha!
Finland may get its first openly gay president.
I have often “bragged” about how Sweden has had an openly gay member of parliment for decades.
I guess we are just not as hysterical up here.
Politics should be about more than one issue but it still drives a point home.
The US still hasnt had even one single person, woman…or for that matter gay president.
Sure, president Obama plays an important symbolic role but i´m still waiting for the day when it is just as likely for a president to be a crossdresser named Goldman as a married protestant or Catholic ,value conservative ,white guy with an Anglophone name.
When politics actually ARE about issues…..ONLY issues.