It’s 2018, yet Heathenry is still a very taboo subject.
Thanks to Abrahamic propaganda and certain organisations twisting our beliefs to fit their own intolerant agendas, along with a general lack of understanding, people outside of our community seldom know what we really stand for.
A rare few of these people are open minded enough to ask questions, conduct their own research or just mind their own business; but sadly, more often than not, others pass unfair judgement on members of our community.
I recently posted on my Facebook page asking how Heathens are treated in their workplaces, and I was inundated with messages – most of which, I’m sorry to say, carried a negative vibe throughout.
I was truly shocked to read stories of fellow Heathens who had been ridiculed or bullied at work due to their beliefs. Some had even been fired, or felt as if they had to leave thanks to the constant jibes from their colleagues/bosses.
Some tried to take the companies to court for unfair dismissal, but NONE of them won their cases; this speaks volumes regarding the way we are perceived and treated within modern society.
The main problems seem to be the following:
1. Colleagues/bosses don’t recognise Ásatrú as a legitimate religion.
2. Co-workers don’t understand our beliefs, therefore they fear us.
If we were Christian or Muslim, and someone caused problems for us at work because of our beliefs, we could have them disciplined, fired or even jailed. As followers of this ancient, much-persecuted religion of ours, I see it as our duty to educate as many people as possible.
I’m not saying we should draw unnecessary or negative attention upon ourselves by constantly rubbing peoples’ faces in it – I’m saying that if a co-worker is curious, we should do our best to explain our beliefs. If someone bullies us or refuses to acknowledge Ásatrú as a real religion, we shouldn’t let it go unchallenged.
Make an official complaint.
Take it to the highest possible level within the company.
If they threaten you with dismissal, fight them (through the proper legal channels, of course!).
Don’t let them push you out of your job.
If we allow such people to walk all over us, they will never take us seriously. Not only that, but we would be dishonouring our gods and ancestors, as well as doing future generations of Heathens a severe injustice.
We successfully overcame 1000 years of oppression – but we are still so far from eradicating that oppression completely. The world is no longer openly against us – instead, we suffer a deep-rooted, secretive and snide form of discrimination.
If we all take a stand and make our voices heard, they simply can’t ignore us.
Most importantly, we can make life easier for Heathens both now and in the future!