Persecution of Heathens

Many adherents of historical Germanic paganism and Germanic Neopaganism[citation needed] have been persecuted, mainly by Christians. Persecution may refer to unwarranted arrest, imprisonment, beating, torture, or execution. It also may refer to the confiscation or destruction of property, or incitement to hatred.

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1 Middle Ages
2 Nazi Persecution
3 Contemporary
4 See also
5 External links

Middle Ages
While the early Christianization of the various Germanic peoples was achieved by various means, and was partly facilitated by the prestige of the Christian Roman Empire amongst European pagans. The rise of Germanic Christianity was, thus, mainly due to voluntary conversion, from the 8th century on the Continent mainly pursued by the Anglo-Saxon mission. In some instances, however, conversion was forceful. Charlemagne in the course of the Saxon Wars converted Saxon pagans by force. In 772 he destroyed their Irminsul, and in 782 he allegedly ordered the beheading of 4,500 Saxon nobles who were caught practicing paganism in spite of being baptized, the so-called Blood court of Verden, although modern historians think it likely that Charlemagne exiled (delocabat) the apostates rather than beheading (decollabat) them.

The Christianization of Northern Europe in the 11th century was accomplished with a significant amount of violence between pagan and Christian factions, qualifying as generic warfare rather than "persecution". The conflict was brought to a point between the pagan king Blot-Sweyn and his Christian brother-in-law Ingold I in the 1180s. After Ingold was forced into exile, he returned to Sweden in 1087, and having arrived at Old Uppsala, he surrounded the hall of Blot-Sweyn with his húskarls, and set the hall on fire, slaying the king as he escaped from the burning house. The burning of the Temple at Uppsala probably dates to the same time. However, this particular conflict more closely resembles the classical feud found in Scandinavian sagaic literature rather than religious fanaticism. In 10th century Iceland, there was similar tension between the Christian and pagan factions, but violent clashes were avoided by the decision of the Althing in AD 1000 to put the arbitration between them to Ţorgeir Ljósvetningagođi, who opted that the country should convert to Christianity as a whole, while pagan worship in private would continue to be tolerated.

In Sweden Gutalagen (an early Swedish law book) officially in use until 1595, but in practice until 1645, stated that performing blóts was punishable by a fine.[1]

Nazi Persecution
The leaders of the Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei in Germany during the early 20th century, according to their private writings, did not wish to encourage paganism of any sort unless it served to further the goals of the NSDAP in promoting their romantic concept and public policy of pan-Germanic ethnic consciousness. Germanic Christianity, however, was officially sanctioned during the Nazi regime. Throughout the Third Reich and the lands that came under Nazi rule, Nazi totalitarianism required that all religious activity conform to the policies of the Nazi party. Some adherents of the Germanische Glaubens-Gemeinschaft ended up in concentration camps.[citation needed] This ran counter to currents of Nazi mysticism that played an important part in the early times of Nazism. This change of focus during the 1930 also led to the marginalization of Rudolf Hess.

The Germanische Glaubens-Gemeinschaft was heavily suppressed by the Nazis in the 1930s. In 1933, the leader of GGG (Rudolf von Sebettendorff) was arrested and exiled.[citation needed] Being a current or former member of an Odinist organisation disqualified anyone from holding rank or office within the NSDAP.[citation needed] In 1936 the runemaster Friedrich Barnharb Marby, a follower of Guido von List's occult "ariosophic" Armanenschaft was arrested and sent to a concentration camp at Flossenberg. He was released from the Dachau concentration camp in 1945.[citation needed] Many other members ended up in the concentration camps, although as far as can be told only one member was actually killed.[citation needed] The full focus of the state was not aimed at religious minorities until the June 9, 1941 when Reinhard Heydrich, the head of the security police, banned a large number of spiritual practices. The organisations were dissolved, their property confiscated, and many of their leaders arrested. [2] [3]

Contemporary adherents of the various forms of Germanic Neopaganism have faced hostility from Christian groups and individuals.[citation needed]

In November 10, 1999 the International Asatru/Odinic Alliance (IAOA) accused the F.B.I. with violating its First Amendment rights to freedom of religion, free speech, and peaceful assembly. The reason given for this accusation was the propagation of numerous false statements and innuendos about the group in the FBI's "Project Megiddo" report.

The Anti-Defamation League publishes a list of symbols used by anti-Semitic groups. After a letter campaign pointing out that some of these symbols are also used in contexts unrelated to Neo-Nazism by Germanic Neopagans, the ADL included a disclaimer on their site to that effect.

In Texas the Texas Department of Criminal Justice don't allow inmates to study or use the runes in any way. First they were not allowed to receive publications that contain runes, but after the runes were cut out the policy was changed so that inmates may not receive any Asatru publications. The prison authorities claim runes are related to hate groups and used as 'secret codes' for communications between gang members. [4]

According to Mark Pitcavage, prisons differentiate between racist and non-racist Neopagans, saying that the racist women's group Sigrdrifa, which has chapters in the United States and Canada, runs a special "Odinism in Prison" project. Imprisoned right-wing terrorist David Lane, serving a 190-year sentence in federal prison, is one of the principal propagandists for a violently racist version of Odinism. [5]
And my poor people.

They were being persecuted against by Christians at least, and I still am unsure about Muslim-Heathen relations.

If you go by 13th Warrior they seem cordial. But that is hollywood.

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