The recent shooting in Kansas City Jewish institutions by Frazier Glenn Cross is a terrible hate crime. Anyone with a heart is mourning for the families of the victims. When situations like this happen, it is natural to look for reasons and causes for the violence. In this case, the shooter was a known white supremacist with strong anti-Semitic feelings.
However, news reports, such as this one by CNN, are reporting that Cross is an "Odinist." The story goes on to explain that Odinism is a racist religion.
It is important to note that, as with ALL religions, there are many branches of belief that represent the revival of Pagan belief around the world. There are MANY examples of "ethnic" pagan revival among all various races and cultures around the world. The revival of an indigenous, ancestral belief system is not unique among those of Germanic descent. There are examples of people returning to the faiths of their ancestors all around the world. Because of the ancestral element, yes there is an emphasis on ethnic culture. HOWEVER, in most cases this is completely separate from ANY "purist" ideologies. In other words, Germanic pagans aim to respect their ancestors in the same way that Polynesian, or Native American, or African tribesmen respect and revere theirs. Respect for one's ancestors in no way directly implies a supremacist ideology.
Are there people who twist supremacy into their interpretation of Norse paganism? Sure. But, there are a lot of racist nuts twisting their supremacy into their version of Christianity and Islam, too.
Do some religions support racism in their holy texts? Absolutely. But there is no one holy text adhered to dogmatically in Asatru. Followers of Asatru (called Asatruar or Heathens) look to the old legends and lore (found in the Norse Eddas and Sagas) for wisdom and understanding of the Old Religion. And these texts do NOT underscore race or encourage "purity" in any way, shape, or form. If someone inserts that into the religion, they do it of their own volition.
The majority of the Heathen and Pagan community bear no ill will to the Jewish community, or other ethnic and religious groups. Our hearts break over this travesty, and go out to the victims. We must stand up and be vocal to let the world know that we do NOT support Frazier Glenn Cross or his wicked ideals.
By signing this petition, we are letting the world know that Frazier Glenn Cross does NOT represent us as Heathens, Pagans, and Asatruar and we harbor nothing but sympathy, compassion, and our condolences to those affected by this crime.