It seems devotion has become the new flavor in Paganism and a rapidly growing one at that, so much so that some feel threatened by this. Witness the actions of Gods and Radicals (the supposedly beautiful resistance) and their attempt the paint as many pagans as possible part of the New Right also called the Alt-Right click here for that article.
They of course attempt to call all who disagree with them racist, however only a small margin of the new right called the 1488ers, rhymes with haters, could truly be called such and most on the alt-right have little patience for them.
If you go to the article on G&R (the supposedly beautiful resistance)’s site you will see a rather interesting hodge podge of people and organizations listed a few are racist and others are people just wanting to make a positive difference in the world who’s only crime is not agreeing with the aims of the supposedly beautiful resistance.
The ultimate goal it seems was to slander Devotional and non-leftist branches of Paganism as being racist, yes that tired and overly used ad hominem. That word which can shut minds, lead to lost employment and even destroy friendships and families.
This horrid mess was followed up a horrid piece of work aimed at Asatru the one branch of our faith that was been historically a conservative stronghold. An a good many of the temples that have been built and are being built tend to belong to the Asatru making them a force to be reckoned with and their devotional style of Paganism is beginning to spread. No wonder the supposedly beautiful resistance wants to see them converted or gone.
On a personal note I was enraged over their attacks on Stephen McNallen a man who has done more for minorities then this so called beautiful resistance ever has or will do.
A Real Resistance
When one of your main targets is a religion that values war gods to say you are going to be meet with resistance once you attack them is an understatement. Galina Krasskova has been documenting the response some of the better ones are here and here.
Galina also did a good job pointing out that Communism and Socialism such as that championed by the supposedly beautiful resistance is no friend of the pagan revival the responses and counter responses are still on going as of this writing.
You know who else get’s angry at being called a racist!?
In the game Fallout 4 there are cyborgs called synths one of the factions used them to infiltrate settlements all over the Commonwealth (where the game takes place) being paranoid the people often turn on one another accusing others of being a synth sometimes with lethal results.
When backlash happened all the supposedly beautiful resistance could do was make a long winded response that was about the same. “You know who get’s upset over being called a racist a racist!” could sum up his statements. All I can say is he has kicked a nest of Japanese hornets and now is worried about getting stung.
There is nothing beautiful or radical about spreading slander and falsehoods.
An as long as the leader of G&R and the rest of his foul ilk keep doing so, I feel that they will not only be opposed by the growing Pagan Right and Polytheist but these despicable actions will only serve to fuel the fires of a real spiritual revolution both in our forest of faiths and the wider world.