“Humanistic Heathens defend their support of marriage equality” by John Halstead

Their LGBT positivity is of many reasons why I love the Icelandic Asatruarfelagid. It saddens me that other Asatru groups could be so closed-minded and fundamentalist as to send them hate mail.

Humanistic Paganism

This past February, I shared a report that an Icelandic Heathen group, Ásatrúarfélagið, also known as the Ásatrú Society of Iceland, was building the first pagan temple in that country in 1000 years.  The report was of interest to Humanistic Pagans, because the high priest of the group, Hilmar Orn Hilmarsson, had been criticized by both theists and atheists — including some Pagans — in the U.S. for his statement that the the gods are “poetic metaphors” and “manifestations of the forces of nature and human psychology,” a sentiment which resonates with many Humanistic Pagans.  This was something of an embarrassment for some of the more dogmatic Polytheists in the U.S.  Some further investigation revealed Ásatrúarfélagið is a non-dogmatic faith, and that the beliefs of its adherents may range from atheism to pantheism to a tepid sort of theism.  It was clear though that the group’s high priest, Hilmarsson, wished…

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