I’m sure this is already making the rounds on the Internet and in the Blogosphere; but I thought I would include a link to this particular article just to add my two cents to the topic.
First, I think it is great that a physical, Heathen temple is being erected! I think the location is also very appropriate, and look forward to seeing it when it is built. This might be something I would even feel the urge to see in person. I’m not sure how I feel about the gods being seen simply as metaphors; but I think it’s okay when we all see the gods a little differently from one another – it helps us to complete the picture, by seeing it from so many different perspectives.
One thing in the article did sort of gall me, and that was regarding the bloody animal sacrifices. It bothers me specifically that it was mentioned in such a glib manner as a parting shot in the article. I’m not going to get mired in discussions regarding how ethical or important animal sacrifices may or may not be – I’ve written about this before in this blog, as well as elsewhere. I will, however, vent a little frustration with people who sit so smugly at their keyboards and pass judgment over a group of people without first having their facts in order. Would this author ask a Christian priest or Jewish rabbi if they planned to barbecue a menagerie of animals once their new places of worship were completed? Open up a copy of the Old Testament, flip the pages until you get to Leviticus, and you’ll read why I ask this question in the first chapter. Or, flip through the Bible a few more times, and you’ll find good reason to ask whether or not there will be any fathers sacrificing their own sons at the new place of worship. But these questions don’t get asked, because everyone assumes that Christians and Jews have put all of this behind them (if they were ever taught that this was a practice more common among the forebears of Christianity than it was among ‘devil worshipers’ in the first place). By all means, feel free to put these kinds of questions to Heathens and Pagans – I think it’s good to get this out of the way and keep a group’s practices out in the open – but don’t forget to put these kinds of questions to people of other, more mainstream, faiths as well. When you do so, and everyone considers you to be an utter dumbass for it, you might just gain a little insight into what hypocrisy is all about.