More on the Àsatrù prison story

Macha NightMare, one of the people interviewed about the Asatru-related prison stabbing and subsequent scheduled execution in Virginia, gives her own perspective. There is more to the full story than what went out on the Associated Press feed.

Other bloggers have already commented: Dave Haxton here and here, and Jason Pitzl-Waters here.

Patrick McCollum’s comments were cut from some versions of the story, I think:

But McCollum, the religious adviser for the Federal Bureau of Prisons, said only around 4 percent or 5 percent of Asatruars are white supremacists. And only a small portion of the religion’s followers emphasize its warrior aspect, he said.

“They follow the golden rule–treat your neighbor with respect, to respect your elders, to respect your community, that all people have value,” he said. “They have a very high moral standard.”

(Isn’t “Asatruars” a double plural?)

As for the Southern Poverty Law Center, also quoted in one version, they might have done some good for the civil rights movement thirty or more years ago, but now I think that they are just fear-mongering to keep the donations rolling in so that they all have jobs.

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