With churches outnumbering bars five to three, Hardyville — my
little mid-nowhere town — probably has to be considered a churchgoing
place. From where I sit — which is usually on my front porch, waving at
folks as they head for the ward building or the Kingdom Hall — it
certainly looks that way.
Not all Hardyvillians find their religion in churches, though. Last
Monday morning, a full day after the Baptists and the Methodists and the
Catholics did their thing, a tiny band labored to the top of Hangem Hill
before dawn and celebrated the rise of the sun at the solstice.
Yeah, we’ve got pagans in Hardyville.
Uh oh, controversial stuff. I can talk about monkeywrenching and
rebellion on WorldNetDaily, but religion is trouble, trouble, trouble.
Long about now there are three common reactions.
- All pagans are Satan-worshipping, globalist New Agers.
- I’m tired of hearing about anyone’s religion. What a waste.
- Pagans in Hardyville, eh? Tell me more.
1. All pagans are Satan-worshipping, globalist New Agers.
If pagans are evil, then you’d be wise to follow Sun Tzu’s
advice: Know your enemy. Learn in detail what they think, do and value
so you’ll be able to fight them most effectively. Of course, when you
investigate, it could turn out that — while you might never accept them
as your best friends — they’re not all your enemy, either.
2. I’m tired of hearing about anyone’s religion. What a
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3. Pagans in Hardyville, eh? Tell me more!
Glad you asked. Who went up there on Hangem Hill? You might be
surprised to learn.
Meet Julie Cochrane, WorldNetDaily reader. Julie’s a computer
programmer and rebel spirit. She’s written some sharp (and funny) advice
on how to protect your privacy by screwing up “Dr. Spook’s”
Julie’s also a witch. She says, “The Wiccan Rede and the
Threefold Law [“Everything you do comes back to you times three.”],
taken together, work out to be remarkably similar to the libertarian
ethic of abjuring the initiation of force. As a result, Wicca and libertarianism tend to be
pretty natural bedfellows. …
“While Wiccans as a rule think it is improper to proselytize, most of
us have a corresponding principle that when someone asks ‘the right
questions’ we have a moral obligation to answer.”
Then you’re not part of a covert movement (as some writers have
averred) to co-opt government schools, destroy children’s moral
grounding and impose a global New Age Order?
“Pagans? Plot? Impossible. Leading neo-pagans is so frequently
compared to herding cats that I think I may be getting a hairball.”
Do witches worship Satan?
“It’s probably more proper to characterize Satanists as people with
Christian beliefs who are rebelling. Margot Adler’s book Drawing
Down the Moon is an excellent resource for comparing and
contrasting the different neo-pagan religions. Because confusing pagans
with Satanists is a common enough mistake, Adler discusses Satanists and
Satanism in her book (along with about a bazillion different neo-pagan
Meet Bob, another WorldNetDaily reader and a Second Amendment
He’s a witch, too. Bob belongs to the most traditional arm of Wicca,
founded by Gerald Gardner decades before the New Age movement began.
Do you guys worship Satan?
“We simply don’t believe in any such deity or being. Never have.”
What do you think of the idea of using government schools to
influence children toward globalist values?
“Well, frankly, pagans and witches doubt and question
authority. Would government schools teach that to our kids?
Well, what do you believe?
“I believe there is one power behind all things. Reverence for all
nature, belief in the existence of Goddess and God; belief in a Power
which unifies visible and invisible forces, and the use of the Threefold
Finally, meet Stephen McNallen. Also a WorldNetDaily reader.
But not a witch. Steve is an Asatruar — founder of the Asatru Folk Assembly.
A former Army Ranger who’s worked on his own with freedom-fighting
groups in Burma and Tibet, Steve is a follower of hard-fighting Norse
gods — gods that were also found among the ancient Saxons and Germanic
tribes. He speaks in hard — and freedom-fighting — terms.
Are all pagans part of the New Age, anyway? I don’t consider
Asatru … as New Age at all. I am a committed anti-globalist and I hate
the saccharine, white-light wimpery that pervades much New Age material.
New Age, Aquarian philosophy and classical Christianity share common
ground in the sense of believing that the whole human race can and
should be fitted into one belief system. This is diametrically opposed
to native/indigenous/ancestral (“pagan”) religions, which identify their
religion with their tribe or nation. …
Asatruars don’t want to rule the world … and we sure as hell don’t
plan on being ruled, either.
In keeping with his intention not to be ruled by any agents of
force, Steve considers bearing arms both a right and a
rite. Uninfringeable and sacred.
Satan worship? “It makes as much sense as me accusing [WND writer]
Kaye Corbett of being an agent of Marduk — to which he would reply,
quite reasonably, that he doesn’t believe in Marduk.”
Asatruar are folks no tyrant would want to mess with:
Asatru places high value on human freedom and on
individuality. This applies both in worldly and in spiritual matters —
we honor our deities, but do not grovel before them. To us, the Gods and
Goddesses are models, inspirations, friends; but never are they our
masters, or we their slaves. We do not bow before them when we call on
them, nor do we surrender our human sovereignty to them. We do not beg
from them, sacrificing freedom for a handout.
They are, however, folks many Christian freedom fighters might
The family is one of the pillars of Asatru. Our people
have always been devoted to their family, clan, and tribe. Far from
being outmoded, these organic social forms are more important than ever
in today’s rootless world. This is not mere sentiment; it is a guarantee
of liberty. Where the family and its natural extensions are functioning
properly, the power of competing entities, such as the State, will be
limited. Where they are non-existent or crippled, all power gravitates
to the State by default, and freedom dies.
We believe in the worth and effectiveness of human action. By heroic
deeds you can take your life in your hands and be the master of your
soul. You are not the pawn of historical forces, condemned to whine
about being born into “a world you never made.” You can make your own
Courage is one of our more prominent values — the courage to face an
enemy in battle, to risk all to do what is right, and to be
uncompromising with ourselves. Freedom, family, and tribe would
disappear without courage; only the brave can meet their
responsibilities to kin … and to themselves.
All these values are under assault today. Intrusive governments,
transnational corporations, and religious slavemasters would pull down
the free ways of our ancestors — which, Thomas Jefferson
wrote, predated Christianity — and replace them with a combination
of the sheep flock and the anthill; our only function would be to
produce, consume, and obey. But it doesn’t have to be that
Wiccans, Asatruars, and thousands of unaligned neo-pagans — love
’em, ignore ’em or hate ’em. It’s up to you, of course. But before any
outraged Christians gather fuel to burn these folks at the philosophical
stake, you might stop to think about how small the freedom movement is,
and about what passionate freedom lovers these people are.
There are some real global control freaks out there, working
to commit every freedom-killing evil. Against their drive for worldwide
submission, we need every friend we can get. Me, I remain a skeptic
about religions. But I’ll joyfully take these and my precious