I agree with pretty well all of this. To whatever degree I had respect for the AFA as a group, its policies, or its leader, it decreases each time I hear another round of what is and is not valued there.
Also: If you have a personal problem with a god via direct experience, that’s one thing. If you have a conceptual problem with a god in theory, it had better be grounded in something real.
I can understand (possibly better than the author of this post) why folks would be worried about what choosing to be a follower of Satan implies about a person’s ethics without necessarily being worried about the entity of Satan as a problem in His own right, but I don’t think that actually applies here, and it definitely doesn’t apply to Loki.
On Feburary 13th, Stephen McNallen made a statement in regards to the AFA’s stance on the worship and veneration of Loki within their own organization and events. Let me be clear that I, for one, don’t really care about the stance of the AFA in regards to the hailing of the trickster of Asgard. I think their stance is closed minded and short sighted to be sure, but I’m not the Asa-Pope the last time I checked so they are free to establish their stances and procedures as they see fit.
What I did take umbrage at was how Mr. McNallen’s words also made subtle, but broad, pejorative assessments about those worship Loki in general. A true statement of policy has no need to weigh in on the spiritual practices of another, and I found the remarks more than a little bit out of line. While I might have been…
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